Fabulous rail footage: London to Brighton train ride,1953-2013

Fabulous rail footage: London to Brighton train ride,1953-2013

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.

Fabulous rail footage: London to Brighton train ride,1953-2013

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