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Dodging the Column, Documentary, 1952 IMDB

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kudos SX

2015-01-26 22:55


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johnfromstaffs EN

2015-01-28 14:37


An instructive piece about tree vandalism in North Staffordshire.

The "chirpy Cockney sparrer" voiceover sounds like Leslie Dwyer (1906-1986), the Punch and Judy man from Hi-De-Hi.

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dsl SX

2017-09-24 02:46


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Enjoyable 10 minute film can be seen on
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British Transport Films Volume Five: Off the Beaten Track 2-DVD set; can be seen here.

All pictures upgraded from sharper quality DVD, and extras added in comments.

Transporting a distillation column (50 tons, 132ft long, 8ft diameter - the biggest thing ever moved by road in UK at that point) from Greenwich to Grangemouth (500 miles in 2 weeks; 40 miles a day was considered good progress with 10-12 mph a good speed) up the old A6 (so through all the town/city centres before bypasses existed). Today AA Route planner says 440 miles in 7 hrs 14 minutes. Two Scammells pulling it, the Bedford as escort, all local police units en route deployed to help. Lots of road closures, crowds coming to watch.

The journey
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Manchester, Preston
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Shap summit
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