IT seems hard to imagine, but there was a time when the railways in the UK were punctual, affordable, comfortable and perhaps even glamorous.

Bishop's Castle Railway Society is offering you the chance to go back to these halcyon days with Britain on Film: Railways at 7.30pm, Friday, September 1 an the Methodist Hall, Bishop's Castle.

This new film features archive footage including one of the oldest screen kisses and railway journeys from as long ago as 1898.

The Independent Cinema Office has partnered with the BFI to give cinema audiences unprecedented access to the UK's cinematic rail history. This new feature-length curated programme of films is touring the UK, featuring work never-before-seen since first release. Drawing on the BFI National Archive, this programme was officially launched at York's National Railway Museum in November.

Britain on Film: Railways gives you the chance to see John Betjeman lament on Britain's very last steam service for British Railways, hand-tinted colour views from the front of a train at Conway Castle in 1898, thoroughbreds of the East Coast Main Line on the crack Elizabethan Express in 1954, high-speed thrills with a driver's eye view from London to Birmingham in just six minutes, famous named express trains from the pre-war Golden Age of Steam, a Victorian kiss, some extreme weather and much more!

Britain on Film is one of the largest archive film digitisation projects ever undertaken, with thousands of film titles being newly digitised and made available to view online via BFI Player. Britain on Film on Tour reveals new and unseen stories from as early as 1898. This wide and diverse range of material opens up local and regional histories from across the UK. This is the first time many of these films will have been seen by audiences since they were first shown.

Admission £3, Bishop's Castle Railway Society members free.