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colour , sound (sep), 19 mins 02 secs


Programme begins by detailing the history of Manchester and Liverpool Airports. A presenter is seen at the site of Manchester's first purpose built airfield at Alexandra Park, built in 1911, which is now Hough End Playing Fields. There are shots of Rackhouse Housing Estate in Wythenshawe, where the first municipal aerodrome in the country was built in the 1920s. There are general views of aeroplanes landing and taking off at Manchester Airport, Liverpool John Lennon Airport at Speke and Barton Aerodrome and interviews with various people about the development of the airports. The programme then goes on to focus on the history of Crewe railway station, which has been in operation since 1837. There are various shots and stills of the station's signal box, trains arriving, the buffet and ticket offices. Ex-Crewe Station staff are interviewed, including an ex-Sorting Office employee, about the development of the station and its effect on Crewe. There are stills of the station's steam age features: steam trains and a Victorian drinking fountain.

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