Synchronized, Timelapse Video Shows Train Traveling from London to Brighton in 1953, 1983 & 2013

In 1953, the BBC filmed a train jour­ney from Lon­don to Brighton, “squeezed into just four min­utes.”  30 years lat­er, in 1983, they record­ed the same jour­ney again. And then for a third time in 2013. Above, you can watch all three jour­neys side by side. The videos are per­fect­ly in sync, which makes it par­tic­u­lar­ly easy to see what has changed — and what hasn’t — over the course of 60 years. You will see sim­i­lar­i­ties and dif­fer­ences in the land­marks along the routes. But the biggest con­trast? It’s the peo­ple who get off of the train at the end. Enjoy the ride.
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  • anderlan says:

    Watch­ing at work w/o head­phones, half a minute in I say to myself, “self, you should copy this video on top of Chem­i­cal Broth­ers’ Star Gui­tar.” Then I put in my head­phones. Well done, BBC.

  • Bobby Davies says:

    fan­tas­tic :-)

  • Karen Bathke says:

    Needs a motion sick­ness warn­ing for some

    • Luke Shea says:

      Or maybe don’t watch three simul­ta­ne­ous time lapse videos of train rides if motion sick­ness is a prob­lem for you. The inter­net is not your babysit­ter.

    • Luke Shea says:

      I’m sor­ry, that was uncalled for. I had a bad day and it was­n’t your fault.

  • Mark says:


  • S.Smith says:

    They prob­a­bly had to change reels dur­ing the trip. I assume they had two cam­eras to pull out one film with­out miss­ing any­thing between the reel changes. Two cam­eras two dif­fer­ent pov’s. Cam­eras might have also moved slight­ly while chang­ing the reels. I believe train rides in the 50’s were more bumpi­er than in the mod­ern times : )

    • M.R. Stringer says:

      Pos­si­bly not more than Syd­ney’s sub­ur­ban rat­tlers … (grin)
      Of course! — I nev­er thought of reel changes.

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