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Summary: Additional coverage of the re-opening of the main railway station at Caen following the completion of the replacement railway bridge over the Orne.
Description: The 650 hp US diesel-electric locomotive crosses 926th Bridging Company RE's unit construction bridge and makes the short journey from there to the Gare de l'État in the late afternoon of August 10th 1944. The next morning sees the departure of the first train to leave Caen for Bayeux since D-Day. Relics of the German occupation include a sign denoting the presence of a German railway station military guard house on Platform A and a warning notice signed by the district military commander, a certain Hauptmann (Captain) Reisener, on March 22nd 1942 which forbids the photographing of German equipment and personnel. A British sign even more categorical in tone forbids access to all Allied troops except for railway engineers.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Gordon, J (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Royal Engineers (regiment/service)
Keywords: buildings, French - institutional: bridge (object name)
transport, French civilian - rail: locomotives and rolling stock (object name)
transport, United States civilian - rail: 650hp diesel- electric locomotive (object name)
Gare de l'Etat Railway Station, Caen, Calvados, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See A70 94-1, 96-1, 104-2, 105-8, 111-1, 113-13, 119-8, 120-10, 12, 17, 18, 122-6 for footage showing the reconstruction of the Orne railway bridge in its entirety and restoration work at Caen's main station and refer to A70 56-2, 70-2, 3, 102-1 and 2 for material showing work on the railways elsewhere in Normandy.
Remarks: Good footage. Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above, notably A70 120-10 which contains similar, complementary footage.
Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography, refer to the publications listed in A70 56-2, 70-2 and 94-1.