Yesterday I came across this little gem - " Changing face of Railways" on Freeview Channel No. 95 CCXTV.
I would highly recommend watching it when it is repeated tomorrow, Monday 11th May, on the same channel from 17:30 - 18:30. The programme description reads as follows: 'In the 1960's, the railway network very radically changed as British Railways carried out it's modernisation programme. This unseen archive has been compiled to tell the story of the railways in colour.'
The film concentrates on the four regions of BR operating out of London, together with footage of London transport. Among steam locomotive classes featured, there is black & white footage of 60022 'Mallard' leaving Kings Cross and colour footage of Duchess, 46256 'Sir William Stanier FRS' at the head of a WCML express. Stanier 8F's, Bulleid Pacifics, Standard Classes and WR steam also appear in colour.
For the modern enthusiast there is colour footage of Class 31's, 40's, Peaks, 47's, Deltic's, Warships, Westerns and AC & DC electrics. SR and Eastern Region EMU's also feature, together with underground trains.
I would rate this as one of the best, most factually accurate railway documentaries I have seen. Refreshingly, it doesn't treat people with an interest in railways as 'anoraks'.