Steam Trains | Great British engines, railway journeys and steam enthusiasts
CHANNEL | BBC Television Service
FIRST BROADCAST | 27 March 1963
DURATION | 2 minutes 41 seconds
'The Beeching Report' has been published announcing that 4,000 miles of railway line and 2,000 stations will be closed. Against footage of steam trains rushing past, some of the most romantic, beautiful, brutal, strange and comic station names are read out as testimony to 'the threads that bound the nation together'.
The first part of 'The Beeching Report' was called 'The Reshaping of Britain's Railways'. The cuts carried out between 1962 and 1968 resulted in: staff numbers being slashed from 500,000 to 300,000; miles of railway line reduced from 17,000 to 13,000; locomotives culled from 14,000 to 5,000 and carriages decimated from 36,000 to 20,000. The number of miles travelled shrank from 335 million to 250 million.
The atmospheric sounds of railways and trains from a bygone era.
Steaming down to Eastbourne with a canine passenger on the footplate.
The Mallard's swansong on the line from Grantham to Peterborough.
A lyrical memorial to some of the stations closed by 'The Beeching Report'.
'Diesel engines are machines, steam locomotives are practically human.'
John Noakes gets his hands dirty on a trip from London to Brighton.
Non-stop from London to Edinburgh - can the Flying Scotsman do it again 40 years later?
A quirky celebration of our love for steam trains.
Reminiscences about Birmingham Snow Hill station in the 1920s.
An affectionate look at the Dart Valley Railway.
Which hobby unites an airline pilot, a carpenter, a schoolboy, a diplomat and a science teacher?
Take a trip through the Yorkshire Dales on the Clan Line.
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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