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Night Mail
Description: British documentary from 1936 about the “Postal Special,” a postal train operated by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) that ran nightly from London to Scotland.
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Clip #: TFA-387A
Length: 22:59
Year: 1936
Color: B/W
Sound: Sound
Library: TFA Network
Decade: 1930s
Subject: Railroads
Original: 16mm
1930s, historical documentaries, Great Britain, United Kingdom, England, Scotland, London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, LMS Royal Scot Class No. 6115 Scots Guardsman, Postal Special, postal trains, mail trains, steam locomotives, postal delivery, postal workers, Travelling Post Office, TPO, mail, postal service, L.M.S. Railway, railroads, railways, Euston Station, aerial Postal Special departing Euston and traveling down tracks at night, station workers communicating with Postal Special, men working on tracks moving aside while train goes past, train traveling through countryside and past towns and cities, postmen setting up and using net to drop off mail pouches into train as it passes by, catcher pouch, railroad switches, Postal Special pulling into station, bags of mail being unloaded and loaded, English and Scots ending and starting shifts, engines being changed, mail being sorted in sorting vans, sorters, bundles of mail being put into bags that are labeled and sealed in preparation for being loaded onto train, postal workers chatting and having tea, mail bag being propelled onto passing train, Postal Special traveling into Scotland

Night Mail is a 1936 British documentary film directed and produced by Harry Watt and Basil Wright, and produced by the General Post Office (GPO) film unit. The 24-minute film documents the nightly postal train operated by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) from London to Glasgow and the staff who operate it. Narrated by John Grierson and Stuart Legg, the film ends with a "verse commentary" written by W. H. Auden to score by composer Benjamin Britten. The locomotive featured in the film is Royal Scot Class No. 6115 Scots Guardsman

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