Engine workers connect cars, keep records, shovel coal to power steam engines, and complete other daily tasks.
The rail yard houses several locomotives. A radio disc jockey provides a morning soundtrack. Employees gather for a meal before returning to work. Workers discuss differences between diesel and steam engines.
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Produced just in time to be screened under the banner of the late–1950s Free Cinema documentary movement, Enginemen records the life and work of engine workers in a locomotive shed just outside Manchester. At the time of British Railways’ changeover from steam to diesel, the film explores their sense of loss and frustration with poetry and compassion, but shorn of sentimentality.
Length: 17 minutes
Copyright date: ©1959
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