The Glory of French Railways:Vol. 3 The Splendour of Steam and early Electrics 1947-1965 DVD

£18.25

These three DVDs, with commentary in English, are edited versions of the first four DVDs in the L’Age de Fer series, the tram sections in particular have been removed.Vol. 1 has considerable footage shot on the Nord Railway, and Region, that from 1932 being shot by Jack Stretton-Ward covering a journey from Dover to Paris, and return, on the Fleche d'Or. Film from 1947 also covers the Gares du Nord and Bastille, plus a visit to Vitry test plant to see a 141R being put through its paces. This DVD ends with 1965 film shot at Calais, near the end of steam. Vol. 2 covers trips on the lines from Paris St. Lazare to Le Havre in 1947 in which a Dean Goods is seen, and slightly later, a journey from Paris Montparnasse to Le Mans, where the 2-D-2 hands over to a 141P. The action then moves to Verdun on the Est Region in 1966, before finishing with the very last SNCF steam run on the 28th April 1973 with a 141R from Sarreguemines.Vol. 3 makes a mainly electric journey in 1947, anti-clockwise round France, from Paris Austerlitz, to the Gares d'Est and de Lyon, via Modane & Culoz, finishing with steam, including a 240P at the Gare de Lyon. All films are around 55 minutes long and are in B & W, although Vol. 1 also has some colour sequences. Vol. 1 also has a bonus Photo Gallery of Nord railway steam locomotives.