That last, bizarre, entry is part of the spatial history that White specializes in: railroads in the American West (the injury in question is part of a data set on railroad-related accidents in Colorado, 1884-1885). “Shaping the West,” as White dubs his project, is about “developing tools to represent and analyze visually how and to what degree the railroads created new spatial patterns and experiences in the 19th-century American West.”
The Night Mail (1936)
"Night Mail is a 1936 documentary film about a London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) mail train from London to Scotland, produced by the GPO Film Unit. A poem by English poet W. H. Auden was specially written for it, as was music by Benjamin Britten."
What I find personally fascinating about this film is that it illustrates the complexity of the mail-train system in what is arguably its most sophisticated form.
Sir John Bentjeman
A series of videos on YouTube of Sir John Bentjeman reading his own poetry, and also traveling the railways of England for the films.
King’s Lynn to Hunstanton via a diesel:
And then Branch Line Railway, a BBC series from the 1960s. Listen to Bentjeman pine on about how the country will one day regret pulling up its rail lines, and (!) points to new urban rail lines in America as pointing the way to the future. (This being the early 1960s… was he referring to the Cleveland RTA line?) Three parts on YouTube: