16mm film reels of railway research footage

Made:
1950-1960

7 16mm film reels, according the information on some of the film cardboard boxes, the films were likely made by the British Railways Executive Research Engineering Division in Derby and possibly BRER, Liverpool Street station. 3 films feature test on tracks filmed apparently via a hole in the floor of a wagon or carriage. These 3 films seem to be part of a same series of test. 1 film features track laying with machine and railway workers. 1 film (negative) may represent Barking station and/or Paddington according note on the cardboard (construction of Barking station booking hall in 1959-1961?), also features electric trains/electrified lines. 1 film features work on a bridge. 1 film (negative) shows an overhead water tank or coal hopper.

7 x 16mm film reels, which are all likely originating from British Railways Executive Research Engineering Division in Derby and possibly BRER, Liverpool Street station, (prior British Rail Research). The films were bought in an antique shop over a decade ago, so it is unclear what happened to films after they were made until they were purchased. The content of the footage presents similarities to the films in the British Railway Research collection (2017-7069). Therefore, these films complement and support this collection.

Details

Category:
Moving Images
Object Number:
2021-623
Materials:
cellulose acetate, metal (unknown) and plastic (unidentified)
type:
film reel
taxonomy:
  • tools and equipment
  • equipment by process
  • image making equipment
  • photographic material
credit:
Finney, Andy