London to Brighton by Train

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The BBC filmed a POV train ride from London to Brighton in 1953. Thirty years later, they did it again, and now, another thirty years later they took the same trip. Those three films have been placed together and synched up (the film goes much faster than the actual trip). The result is hypnotic. Not much has changed: the trees have grown, and the world is much more colorful now. -via Jason Kottke

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I really did expect to rail-hugging development. Perhaps hidden by the mature foliage or perhaps a building restriction scheme. Either way very nice.
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I imagine that, had the route been filmed in 1923, it would have looked about the same. It's amazing how little has really changed in 60 years, although some of that may be due to restrictions on development next to railroad rights-of-way or something. Still, in 1953, one may have expected levitating trains and rocket ships by 2013, instead of a world unchanged but for the train's cockpit and the more casual attire.
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