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  • Short Summary

    Lovely footage of a "day in the life" of a train driver.

  • Description

    Title reads: "British Instructional Films Ltd presents a Classroom Film - The Engine Driver".

    Street scene with an Engine Driver kissing his wife and children goodbye on the doorstep as he leaves for work. He arrives at the train station. Good shots of a steam train. C/U of paper with instructions to the Engine Driver for the London to Manchester run. Top shot of driver climbing into the engine. The train is prepared for its trip - oil, water, stoking the furnace etc. Driver climbs aboard the foot plate. C/U of instruments in the driver's cabin. C/U of the whistle blowing. Train sets off. Unusual shot taken from by the train wheels as it goes along. Also a shot from underneath the train as is driven along.

    Top shots of the train (carrying coal). Train going through a tunnel. Engine driver looking out from the foot plate. Train meeting buffers with another train. Shot of passengers on the station platform. Station clock. Signals. Man (Station Master?) on platform signalling that the train can depart. Train leaves the station. Good shots of train moving through different locations and the men in the driver's cabin. Interior of the train. Baby looking out of the window. Man sleeping with a handkerchief over his head, man smoking pipe and reading a newspaper, man reading book, baby in a cot on the table between two seats. Interior of the signal box. Lever pulled. Arriving in Manchester.

    Driver picks up his flask and climbs down off the train, wipes his face with a hankie and has a sip of tea.

    End title reads: "The End - a Pathe-B.I.F. Film".

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    Film ID:
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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:40:57:00 / 01:49:26:00

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