Railway Town

(2 customer reviews)


‘Railway Town’ is the unique story of Swindon and the major challenge it had to overcome to establish and flourish.

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A comprehensive account of the Great Western Railway founding a major base of operation in 1841, then growth to the largest workshop and centre of engineering excellence in Europe. A fascinating tale of struggle and near disaster.
 Railway Town charts the remarkable story of Swindon, from ‘wild west’ beginnings  – following Brunel and Gooch’s decision to site a railway factory in open fields below a tiny market settlement,  – to the fastest growing town in Europe.  Including how it very nearly failed at the outset and the initiative of the people that saved it.  This is a story brimming with hardships overcome, and the spirit of the industrial revolution. The tale is woven from expert accounts and fascinating archive film, as well as new and recent footage; – much of it never seen before.

Excerpts from reviews:

“A Triumph”     –   BBC ‘Movies and Music’

“Superb”          –   ‘Steam Museum’

“Inspirational”  –  ‘Swindon Advertiser’

DVD Running Time 90 minutes

Additional information

Weight 0.25 kg
Dimensions 23 × 15 × 0.6 cm

2 reviews for Railway Town

  1. Mr Wood

    Very good film shame it doesnt come on Bluray.

    • Martin Parry

      Hi there, I agree with you, Blu Ray is vastly superior and the film is HD, but we don’t have the demand to warrant a Blu Ray duplication run, most people want DVD.

      We do have a Blu Ray M disc writer in the Archive though and could do you a one-off M disc Blu Ray (expensive discs meant to last a 1000 years – that we use for Archive purposes) Could do one for £16 using the expensive blanks and dedicated studio time. Let me know if you want one

      Regards Martin

  2. Martha

    Hello! I’m a brazilian reseacher from the Departmente of Sociology at the São Paulo University (USP). My study focuses the railway town of Paranapiacaba, built by english engineers in the mid-19th century. I would like to know if the movie “Railway Town” is avaiable on-line, for research purposes.

    Best regards,

    • Martin Parry

      Hi Martha,

      yes it is available in the shop section of this site but only to the UK. Contact Martin@swindonviewpoint.com to arrange a special delivery to Brazil as we would like to help

    • Martin Parry

      sorry, that email contact for the film should read martin@swindonviewpoint.com

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