Steam Trains | Great British engines, railway journeys and steam enthusiasts
CHANNEL | Radio 3
FIRST BROADCAST | 01 May 1960
DURATION | 8 minutes 01 seconds
A recording from the footplate of engine BR 60022, the famous Mallard, as it steams its way from Grantham to Peterborough. P Ransome-Wallis holds on tightly as he records the engine picking up speed from 44mph to 94mph. This recording was made shortly before diesel engines replaced steam on the route.
The presenter of this programme, P Ransome-Wallis, was a doctor who chose to practise medicine where he could photograph the trains he loved. Ransome-Wallis took pictures of engines all over the world, though his attention was not always appreciated by suspicious railway staff and on one occasion he had coal thrown at him.
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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