Sixty years ago, the BBC filmed a train journey from London to Brighton and used ‘trick photography’ to condense the entire trip down to four minutes of high speed footage.
Back in 1953 it was possible to travel direct to Brighton non-stop (courtesy of the quaintly named Brighton Belle, comprised of splendid looking Pullman coaches). The journey took one hour, with a top speed of 75mph.
Thirty years later – in 1983 – the BBC re-filmed the trip, and today they’ve released another video showing a trip down the line in modern times. Today’s trains can hit a top speed of 90mph and cover the journey from London to Brighton in 52 minutes.
With non-stop trains no longer running to Brighton, a special train was used to record the 2013 footage, and a video has been compiled showing all three journeys side by side (see below):
Here’s the original 1953 film:
More info: bbc.co.uk
3 Comments on “Fabulous rail footage: London to Brighton train ride,1953-2013”
Thanks for the memory took those trips with my girl friends. Then I got rich ,LOL, Bought a B>S>A> Gold flash Motor bike, Girl friends behind, Pillion. AHHHHHH So many Happy memories. NOW IN CANADA.
Scary thing is, I remember the 1983 remake as though it were yesterday!
Don smith who filmed the original London to Brighton film was an Uncle in Law to me, his. Brother Vic married my dads sister. My cousin Di whose Uncle he was lives in Wiltshire still and her cousin Mary Don’s daughter lives in USA.