Steam Trains | Great British engines, railway journeys and steam enthusiasts
CHANNEL | BBC 1
FIRST BROADCAST | 23 September 1975
DURATION | 10 minutes 36 seconds
In this report from a longer programme, Martin Young discovers that some people still have a passion for steam trains. There's the Forest of Dean Rail Preservation Society, whose engine travels on a remarkably short track, and a model railway enthusiast whose trains run to a strict 1938 timetable. Young also meets a vicar who has realised he has a talent for imitating steam engines and visits the Dart Valley Railway in Devon, the only fully commercial steam line in the country.
While interviewing Reverend Dow, Martin Young makes reference to the curious appreciation that many vicars have for steam trains. Perhaps the most famous of these was Reverend WV Awdry, whose 'Thomas the Tank Engine' books were adapted into a TV series that has enchanted children and adults around the world.
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