The development of road, rail and water transport in Britain - focuses on nationalisation in 1947
Reel 1. An Associated British Pathe Series. Title - Wealth of the World. Railway tracks stretching in to the distance. C/U man moving points lever in signal box. "Transport". Steam train passes camera at night. Lorries towards camera at night. Plane landing at night. Ship at night. C/U goods wagon. Low angle shot of steam train at night, steam cloud rises up. Low angle shot of wagons past the camera. Men run alongside the wagons. Pan past iron foundry at night. Low angle shot express train past camera. Shot from train shows street lights. Lorries towards camera at night. Train past camera at night. Shot from train as it emerges from tunnel into daylight. L/S of steam train through countryside. Lorries drive past road sign - A1 Stamford and Peterborough. High Angle shot of steam train passing. Lorries under bridge (Bridge advertises "Able Idris Water") Steam train into station. Lorry in to garage. Train into station. C/U train wheel stopping. Man climbs out of cab of lorry. High angle shot of steam locomotives in shunting yard. Train driver and mate climb out of cab of locomotive. Men in transport cafe. Alsatian dog and men walk into cafe, they order cups of tea and a sandwich. Men sitting around table in railway cabin drinking tea and smoking. C/U men drinking cup of tea. Men leave tea room. High angle shots of steam engines in the countryside.
01:04:14 Molten metal in foundry. High angle shot of factories. Lots of chimneys. Muddy tracks (commentary talks of roads left over from "Roman Days"). C/U of sign on Toll House. Small cobbled bridge over stream. Cobbled road. Cobbled streets between houses. Shots of canals. C/U of steam whistle blowing. C/U of papers and posters announcing new railways, inter cut with steam.
01:05:07 Shots from railway engine. Showing train wheels. Tracking shots from train as it passes through industrial landscape. Tracking shot as train passes over bridge over river. C/U letters from railway companies. Shot of industrial area. Shot of wheels of railway engine. Animated map of Great Britain showing expansion of routes. CU of railway lines. High shot of large number of points on railway lines. Shots of tunnels, cuttings and viaducts. Several bridges, including the Forth Rail bridge. Map of Great Britain showing rail routes. Animation showing expansion of transport in the Leicester area. Disused rail tracks in tunnel. Disused station with washing hanging outside.
01:07:18 Disused railway stations and lines and disused canals. Low angle shot of steam train past camera. Train approaching, shot from train travelling in the opposite direction. Travelling shots of railway lines. C/U wheels of steam locomotive in motion. More railway lines.
01:08:05 C/U embroidered caps of Inspectors on Southern Railway (SR - S.R.) and London North Eastern Railways (LNER - L.N.E.R.). CU embroidered symbol of Great Western Railway (GWR - G.W.R.) and London Midland Scottish railway (LMS - L.M.S.).
01:08:12 Docks showing sign of 'Southern Railway Docks', cranes in background. Sign on life belt on boat "P.S. Freshwater - S.R.". C/U Sign of Royal Hotel showing GWR logo. C/U sign of Midland Hotel. Steam train past camera. C/U blackboard advertising coach tours to 'Hindhead'. Blackboards outside booking office advertising coach trips to Margate, Ramsgate and Blackpool. The tours are on "Viola Radio Coaches". A man in a white coat stands in the doorway of the booking office. C/U blackboard advertising coach trips from Victoria Coach Station to Eastbourne. The board leans against the wheel of a coach and people's feet can be seen climbing the step onto the coach in the background. Coaches travel past the camera along the road. Lorries travel in the other direction. People in the coaches wave as they go past. C/U coach poster "Its Cheaper by coach - Your seat assured - Glasgow, Cardiff, Brighton, Newcastle - Book Here".
01:08:47 High Angle Shot of coach station (may be Victoria coach station). Coach past camera, large lorry past camera. Railway engines and road vehicles inter cut. C/U printed articles about "Railway Freight Traffic and Road Competition" and other railway pamphlets. Man in signal box pulls lever. Signal on pole. Locomotive pulling tanks and motorised guns.
End of Reel 1 - see Reel 2