British Railways During World War II Documentary Footage

Below are links to YouTube to a documentary about the British railways during the Second World War. 

The documentary by Alan Heaths is split into 4 parts for YouTube. There's some fascinating historic footage of steam trains and what it was like to work as a fireman on the footplates during the war. Several retired firemen reminisce about their job alongside the engineer and operations on the railways between 1940 and 1945. Their memories from interviews are interspersed with footage of the railways under air attack, interior footage of the cabs and trains running through bomb damage.

Thanks to Al Crisp for alerting me to this historic film footage. There are a number of other links from the pages to other war footage.

If you're interested in classic steam trains and the railways of Britain during the Second World War you'll find some excellent footage here and a better understanding of what it must have been like to be a 16-year-old on the footplate in 1940 as the bombs started to rain down.

British Railways in WW2: Part 1

British Railways in WW2: Part 2

British Railways in WW2: Part 3

British Railways in WW2: Part 4


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