The 3 DVD box set ‘The Branch Lines of Britian is now available from the National Railway Museum.
At its peak, the British railway network consisted of a massive 20,000 miles of track on which ran 23,000 locomotives pulling a total of 73,000 carriages and 1.4 million goods wagons.
This huge transport network was managed and operated by 130 individual companies. Like the small capillaries at the end of the main arteries, Britain’s Branch Lines were essential links to villages, small towns and many industrial sites such as collieries, factories and power stations.
With the demise of heavy industry and development of cheap motor cars, many Branch Lines have closed. This DVD film is part of a nationwide tour of many of these lines, some long since closed, some still in limited operation.
We checked this DVD out, and it’s not bad. Not great either. Definately one for the hardcore enthusiast who is into later industrial trains and railway history – this DVD does not focus on the steam era. The footage tends to be taken from a static point on the track and mostly seems to comes from the 1980s and 1990s. The artwork on the box makes it look like a documentary that would focus on the classic railway lines during the age of steam – and this is not the case.
There is probably something here that will fascinate the fan of recent rail history, but if you are looking for a decent retrospective of the steam age, then check out one of the many other excellent DVDs in our DVD Shop