Steam Trains | Great British engines, railway journeys and steam enthusiasts
CHANNEL | BBC 2
FIRST BROADCAST | 12 October 1989
DURATION | 29 minutes 14 seconds
In this series that looks at the relationship between mankind and wildlife, Andrew Cooper explores the natural history of the Dart Valley Railway and details the way in which the arrival of the steam train affected not only the landscape, but also the plants and animals that call the trackside their home.
The music for this programme was composed by Elizabeth Parker of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. She also provided the score to David Attenborough's award-winning series 'The Living Planet', as well as the sound effects for the BBC's 1981 adaptation of John Wyndham's 'The Day of the Triffids'.
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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