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« on: April 24, 2019, 07:26:22 pm »

For those interested in how it used to be, Talking Pictures TV ( channel 81 on Freeview) are currently showing quite a few British Transport Film unit films in the afternoons. So far this week there has been
"John Betjemin goes by train" - Kings Lynn to Hunstanton
"Centenary Express" - featuring 4771 Green Arrow on a special with Sir Peter Parker
"Blue Pullman" - self explanatory really!
"Railways Forever!" Last steam train with John Betjemin plus a lot of other stuff - double headed warships through Dawlish.


Search your listings carefully for further info, most tend to be only 10 minutes or so, so can easily be missed
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« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2019, 11:08:47 pm »

Great to see these on Talking Pictures.  Just have to say that the BFI collection of BTF films on DVD is well worth the investment. 

https://shop.bfi.org.uk/dvd-blu-ray/documentaries/british-transport-films.html
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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2019, 11:21:06 pm »

Thanks for that heads up old original.

I've set my EPG to remind me for 'Blue Pullman' tomorrow. (25/04/2019 3.10pm).
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« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2019, 11:24:13 pm »

Thanks for that heads up old original.

I've set my EPG to remind me for 'Blue Pullman' tomorrow. (25/04/2019 3.10pm).

It's a fabulous period piece. 

What a pity the Blue Pullmans ultimately didn't work out.
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« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2019, 06:35:02 am »

Thanks for that heads up old original.

I've set my EPG to remind me for 'Blue Pullman' tomorrow. (25/04/2019 3.10pm).

It's a fabulous period piece. 

What a pity the Blue Pullmans ultimately didn't work out.

I think I'd swap an IET for one, at least you'd get fed properly!
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« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2019, 10:06:08 am »

Not only that...welcomed on board by a fully replesdent chief steward, escorted to your seat and he stows your umbrella and briefcase !. Mark Hopwood please note !
We seem to have gone from one extreme to the other in 60 years, in terms of passenger comfort and service. Think luxury to ironing boards and Perignon to peanuts !
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« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2019, 11:42:00 am »

"Snow 1963" is one of my favourites from the good old days. Available on you tube.
Note the efforts made to keep the railway open, these days even moderately adverse weather causes chaos.
And of course the restaurant.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFoCkzAfZw4
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« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2019, 03:42:18 pm »

Just finished watching Blue Pullman.  First time I've seen it in over 40 years.  What a fantastic train, and of course the prototype for lots of bits of the future HSTs.  I'm sure also that member BROADGAGE would have loved the 'at seat' restaurant service.... Grin Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2019, 04:02:38 pm »

Darn. Missed it. Was busy doing housework with snooker on in background. Missed the on screen reminder.
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« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2019, 04:11:38 pm »

Of course, later on they became the 'Silver Pullman'  Smiley


(c)2019 SandTEngineer        The South Wales Pullman entering Swansea High Street station in about 1970.
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« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2019, 08:28:21 pm »

Darn. Missed it. Was busy doing housework with snooker on in background. Missed the on screen reminder.

On again next Thursday, 2nd May at 17.00 on Talking Pictures TV
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« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2019, 08:42:04 pm »

On again next Thursday, 2nd May at 17.00 on Talking Pictures TV

It's okay. With the help of a VPN to circumvent the geographical block I've managed to find the full length version of 'Blue Pullman' on YouTube.
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« Reply #12 on: April 25, 2019, 08:45:57 pm »

For info...

John Betjeman goes by train Kings Lynn to Hunstanton
Friday 26th April  15.10
Sat 27th 09.10
Sunday 28th 19.00

Railways Forever!
Tuesday 30th  00.10

Elizabethan Express
Wed 1st May 17.05

Blue Pullman
Thurs 2nd May 17.00
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« Reply #13 on: April 25, 2019, 09:05:14 pm »

Just watched The Blue Pullman. What a delight!

Nearly every man in the film was wearing either a tie or bow tie. Even the travelling fitters! The chef had a cravat. The only men in the film not sporting neckwear were the p-way gang.
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« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2019, 09:18:05 pm »

For info...

John Betjeman goes by train Kings Lynn to Hunstanton
Friday 26th April  15.10
Sat 27th 09.10
Sunday 28th 19.00

Railways Forever!
Tuesday 30th  00.10

Elizabethan Express
Wed 1st May 17.05

Blue Pullman
Thurs 2nd May 17.00


Thankyou, Blue Pulman date noted and set for recording.


Edit: My brother still has his 1960s Triang Hornby Blue Pulman set in the attic.
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