Not the wrong kind of snow

If you’re shivering again, here’s a little gem. It’s an Oscar-nominated film “Snow” – a ‘thrilling eight-minute montage cut to music’ shot in the UK in 1963 showing the then British Rail grappling with a heavy snowfall (before the now famous excuse).

Patrick Russell of the British Film Institute on Youtube says “It’s crisply invigorating enough to induce brief amnesia about our trains’ notorious inability to cope with the white stuff – then and now.” Enjoy!


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4 Responses to Not the wrong kind of snow

  1. Bloke down the pub says:

    Steam power has it’s advantages.

  2. Verity Jones says:

    I was actually surprised that this was still the age of steam on the railways – but it seems diesel locomotives were introduced in 1963 during modernisation. I think the name of the engine ‘Barbados’ is wonderfully incongruous.

    • Anteros says:

      Me too – I have an vague impression that the steam age coincides with the Victorian… Very surprising to see all those steam engines in the winter of my birth [A dramatic time, obviously 🙂 ]
      Lovely video. It all looked so much fun!

      • Verity Jones says:

        I love the way they speeded up the music and imagery gradually. It also makes me think that back then there were no expectations and no excuses – everybody just got on with it. It set my father reminiscing about 1963 and 1947 (when he was a schoolboy and they were still struggling with rationing). He remembers having to tunnel out to the henhouse.

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