Right at the very end it does display 'Copyright Online Video 1989'.
Online Video are now "J&K Video" and many titles have now been transferred to DVD. www.jandkvideo.co.uk
Oh I did not know that. I thought that Wilf Watters (the main guy behind Online Video) sold his business to The Signal Box. I recall a time when Wilf sold some of John's films under his Online Video brand name, although eventually John started selling his films himself.
Wilf was going to do the same for me, especially my super 8 films, but I did not shoot enough footage for this to have been viable. Instead he added my footage to his films.
Wilf was kind enough however to allow me to sell my 1995 advocacy film under his brand name. This film promoted electric street transports as the solution for air pollution and better, integrated public transports as the cure for traffic congestion and it showed over a dozen different transport technologies and footage from something like 14 countries.
Its many years since I was in contact with Wilf Watters. Recently his former American agent asked me if I knew of his whereabouts, as he has some royalty funds that he would like to send to him.
ps: I've just looked through my videotape collection and noticed that a film called "London Underground Review" Volume 1 was actually filmed by John Laker. This *might* be the film that is now on YouTube.
I can't help wondering if the film is one of those made by Online Video many years ago.
I am not certain however.
I recall trying to record the sound of these trains (the constant whine of the electrics, etc) but I only had one of those large hand held "ghetto blaster" music things (radio and cassette tape) and it let me down. Anyway, it was a hell of a brute to carry... a foot high, 15 or more inches wide and heavy! In later years I got hold of a small Sony Walkman sized cassette machine and used a plug in microphone, but whilst this worked well enough it was too late for the CO/CP and R stocks. They had already gone...
I'm glad you mentioned the constant whine. My grandparent's house backed onto Barking sidings. I'd stand at the bottom of the garden and watch trains going by. The sound of several stabled CO/CP and R Stock and their undulating whine was memorable, as was the occasional thunking sound from a compressor. Those trains had a distinctive metal smell too, I assume that was the brakes.
I miss the grime and clatter of 1970s London Underground, it all went a bit shiny in the 1980s.
Last Edit: Sept 26, 2016 21:57:39 GMT by wivenswold