Going Loco, by Andrew Youdell and Tony Bilbow (Channel 4)

Going Loco, by Andrew Youdell and Tony Bilbow (Channel 4)
Published by Channel 4 Television in 1990. A4 size booklet, 43 pages (A39N13WSO)

From the introduction: The French pioneer lumiere gave the first public film show in Britain at the Regent Street Polytechnic on 20 February 1896. Among the items shown was the first railway film ever made, a shot of a steam train entering La Ci6tat station in the South of France. The enduring relationship between the railways and the movie camera had begun.

This booklet accompanies GOING LOCO, Channel 4's week of programmes inSeptember 1990 which celebrate that relationship. This booklet does not pretend to cover all the short and feature films featuring railways that have ever been made. It is a fair bet that train buffs and films buffs alike will find many obvious omissions! Andrew Youdell guides us through the history of short railway films from their earliest days, even pointing out the junctions and branch lines of that history. Tony Bilbow takes a short and idiosyncratic joumey through the railway feature films he has loved and hated. It is pleasant to point out that Andrew draws attention to the Late Night Line Up film of a non-stop 'Flying Scotsman' joumey from London to Edinburgh in which Tony was a major actor! (See p. 12.) Channel 4's Kim Peat fills us in on the more recent railway documentaries that have appeared on our television screens, many of which are part of Channel4's railway season. Whether you 'go loco' for nostalgia or because of a passion for the technology of trains or of the cinema, we hope you enjoy yourselves!

The condition of the booklet is generally good. The covers have some minor scuffs and blemishes, and light wear along the edges and corners, but the staple spine is intact and all pages are intact and bound. There is bubbling to the extreme bottom edge of the first few inside pages, and light yellowing to the inside page edges throughout.