Railways That Built Britain

October 2017
43:30

Season 1 Episode 3

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As Chris rides on the footplate of 'Oliver Cromwell', the last steam locomotive to pull a scheduled train on the main line, he tells of the dying days of steam - which were replaced by motorways in the 1950s. But the railways fought back, having now made over one billion journeys on Britain's tracks every year.
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Season 1 Episode 2

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By the 1900s the railways had changed the face of Britain. By 1913, over a million Britons were using the railways to travel to Paris and beyond. But the wonders of the new railways had a dark side. For years, military planners had been working on ways to use them for war. When that war came in 1914, they proved deadly: within days, three million German troops had boarded trains for France, while in Britain half the army did the same. By 1945, the railways once again saved the country. Effectiv...
September 2017
43:33

Season 1 Episode 1

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Railway buff Chris Tarrant embarks on a 200-year journey from the rise of the steam locomotive in the 1820s to its demise in the 1960s, explaining how the railways shaped the world far more than the computer or the internet. Railways created the great cities, gave Britain its National Health Service and the Football League, helped win wars and emancipated women. In the 1820s, a funny looking machine was pulling coal five miles along a primitive track between a mine near Newcastle Mine and the r...
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