Title Details

Let's Look at Railways

For older children, this classroom film is a study of the Australian Railway system.
Series : Social Studies Series | Episode : 3 | Year : 1952 | Total Duration : 11 Minutes | Producer : Don Murray
Director : Joan Boundy |
WS steam train across railway bridge over barren ground pulling cargo cars lined with cars across top. Tilt up to train electric train travelling past camera pulling cargo of cars and bales in trucks. MS bags of wheat in railway trucks slowly pulling up in front of camera and MS truck of rock litter from coal mines. High angle GS of bales of wool tied up in railway trucks. GS two railway workers unloading sacks of mail from train onto trolley.
Access No. 139766 | 58 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS tractor being lifted from railway truck by crane and GS rear view of pigs walking up ramp to truck. GS circus elephant being guided from rail truck and good interior shot of passengers in train carriage with conductor in aisle. WS tilt up to steam locomotive pulling passenger carriages. WS coal train slowly entering factory. WS flour mill seen across river and high angle shot of large bales of wool at wool market.
Access No. 139891 | 34 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS young boy waiting at gate as postman delivers mail to him. WS tractor being driven through orchard. WS elephant performing in front of audience in tent with ring master instructing it and woman riding on it's back. MS boy in school uniform sitting at breakfast table being served bacon and eggs. CU to bacon and eggs on plate. WS children playing in canoe on water and good high angle shot of passengers leaving train at station platform and walking up stairs.
Access No. 139892 | 29 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS of paintings and drawings depicting nineteenth century means of transport showing people walking, riding and travelling by horse-drawn coach. Pan across painting showing heavy loads being transported along canals by barge. VS paintings showing cottage industries and others showing mechanised industries. GS painting detail of coal mine. GS wooden railway track and cart from the 1500s and CU eighteenth century drawing of horse-drawn coal cart.
Access No. 139893 | 1 min 36 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
CU eighteenth century European drawings of the first steam engine and steam engine being driven around in circular enclosure. VS of steam driven trains with a progression from goods carts to passenger carriages and trucks. GS painting of Australian bullock wagon in street and VS of paintings depicting new settlers arriving and using bullock teams for settlement.
Access No. 139894 | 1 min 32 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS Australian paintings and drawings showing new towns built in the Gold Rush era and various forms of transport. Pan across nineteenth century drawing of steam train being cheered on by crowd. Full shot of graphic map of Australia with dotted lined spreading across the states and territories tracking the progression of railway links across the country.
Access No. 139895 | 34 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS Australian landscape with LS to train across screen trailing billowing cloud of steam as it travels. WS sheep being herded by men on horseback and dogs. MS young man picking fruit from trees and GS man emptying sack of apples into large container. WS dairy farmer herding cattle through gate. GS steam train leaving station carrying barrels of Dairy Farmers Milk past camera.
Access No. 139896 | 32 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS tractor pulling rotary hoe across bare soil. WS then MS of woman bucket feeding calf. WS travelling cloud of black smoke rising from railway cutting on hill from steam train. Animated graphic of trains travelling across map of Australia showing stop-start nature of travel caused by different railway line gauges. MS tracks of railway workers loading and unloading cargo from one train to another. VS of bags of wheat, mailbags, cars, horses and cattle being moved.
Access No. 139897 | 1 min 37 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
GS of steam engines and tenders in railway yards with VS of the 38 Class engine of NSW, the 500 Class engine of SA and the Victorian S Class (named Edward Henty) past cameras. GS diesel electric train at platform. WS diesel pulls goods wagons across countryside with mountain ranges in distance. WS motor trucks on wide dirt road and tilt up to underside of jet plane flying over camera.
Access No. 139898 | 1 min 45 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
High angle shot over steam train travelling towards camera through multiple tracks. High angle WS over steam train pulling passenger cars along winding mountainside track.
Access No. 139899 | 55 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |