I love Night Mail, the documentary film about a London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) mail train, produced by the GPO Film Unit in 1936.
The film ends with a “verse commentary” by W. H. Auden. Benjamin Britten wrote the music and the film was directed by Harry Watt and Basil Wright and narrated by John Grierson and Stuart Legg.
The locomotive featured in the film was Royal Scot 6115 Scots Guardsman, built in 1927.
The film has become a classic and Night Mail is widely considered a masterpiece of the British Documentary Film Movement.
And, of course, it’s been imitated many times:
British Rail Advert 1988
Australian Model Railway Association
Thomas the Tank Engine
Lego Mail Trains
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