Thursday, 29 August 2013

From London to Brighton in 3 minutes

For those raised in Britain a speed-ed up film of a train journey from London to Brighton will be a childhood memory. The version I remember was from 1953 and must have played as a filler in cinemas as well as on TV. The BBC taped it again in 1983, thirty years later, and have now done so again on the 60th anniversary.
This time a special train journey was made, with the improvements continually being made there is now no non-stop service to Brighton; soon there will be no non-stop service between London and Gatwick. If things get much better non-stop services will be entirely eliminated!
All three journeys, 1953, 1983 and 2013, are shown in a synchronized, side-by-side video at:
At the speed shown the journey is superficially identical, until you examine how much styles of dress have changed in the station views.
Thanks to Paul Jones for the tip.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

But John, now they have thought up HS2, non-stop between Euston and Birmingham. And they can't see the uselessness of it from the point of view of people who live in between!