Black Five

In 1968, enginemen faced the last months of steam haulage on Britain's mainline railways. For those who worked on the Black 5 locomotive the inevitable progress to diesels and electrics prompted mixed feelings.Black Five (1968) directed by Paul Barnes, records their reminiscences as they faced this great change in their lives - of craftsmanship, camaraderie, and of the 'personality' of these great machines. The workers' comments are an elegy to a time gone by, to skills no longer needed, and they make a poignant background to the beautifully filmed images of the heavy iron beasts trundling their way to the end of the line.

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