Steam Trains | Great British engines, railway journeys and steam enthusiasts
CHANNEL | BBC 2
FIRST BROADCAST | 20 December 1988
DURATION | 29 minutes 10 seconds
Twenty years after the last passenger steam train ran on mainline railways, preservation societies strive to keep locomotives and tracks running for new visitors. Accompanied by footage of engines on the Bluebell Line and the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway, enthusiasts talk about their passion for steam and why all the hard work involved in restoring and operating a steam train is worth it.
The last steam engine journey on mainline railways was by the Oliver Cromwell, Britannia-class Pacific No 70013, from Carlisle to Liverpool Lime Street and back on 11 August 1968. The Oliver Cromwell took pride of place in an exhibition at the National Railway Museum in 2008, having been restored at the Great Central Railway workshops in Loughborough.
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A quirky celebration of our love for steam trains.
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An affectionate look at the Dart Valley Railway.
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Join Michael Palin as he travels from London to the Highlands of Scotland.
A celebration of locomotion, from the Rocket to the APT.
Restoring the Green Knight at East Somerset Railway.
Travel on the footplate on the West Highland Line.
Visit the Cornish and Devon Riviera on the Great Western Railway.
A stunning journey from Fort William to Mallaig with a very contented train driver.
The story of the Isle of Man's Victorian steam railway.
Enthusiasts keep steam alive on Britain's tracks.
How the arrival of the rail networks changed the British countryside.
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