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In this collection of television and radio programmes we celebrate the craftsmanship inherent in steam trains and the beauty of the British countryside through which these locomotives have passed.

For additional archive television programmes visit the BBC Four Steam Railways collection.

Steam Trains Collection

Steam train in Belfast, 1943.

Unusual Recordings

Some Famous Trains

BROADCAST 1936
13 MINUTES

The atmospheric sounds of railways and trains from a bygone era.

Dog looking out of train window.

Children's Newsreel

A Dog's Day Out

BROADCAST 1952
4 MINUTES

Steaming down to Eastbourne with a canine passenger on the footplate.

The Mallard steam locomotive.

On Railways

P Ransome-Wallis Studies Mallard

BROADCAST 1960
8 MINUTES

The Mallard's swansong on the line from Grantham to Peterborough.

Dr Beeching (c) Getty Images

Tonight

Railways

BROADCAST 1963
3 MINUTES

A lyrical memorial to some of the stations closed by 'The Beeching Report'.

Steam train, Great Western Railway

Time Out

The Four Steamers

BROADCAST 1964
28 MINUTES

'Diesel engines are machines, steam locomotives are practically human.'

John Noakes and Patch.

Blue Peter

John Noakes on the Flying Scotsman

BROADCAST 1966
6 MINUTES

John Noakes gets his hands dirty on a trip from London to Brighton.

Flying Scotsman train travelling across a viaduct.

4472

Flying Scotsman

BROADCAST 1968
40 MINUTES

Non-stop from London to Edinburgh - can the Flying Scotsman do it again 40 years later?

Hills in Dartmoor (c) Getty Images

Nationwide

BROADCAST 1975
11 MINUTES

A quirky celebration of our love for steam trains.

Snow Hill station, Birmingham

Steam Scene

BROADCAST 1978
14 MINUTES

Reminiscences about Birmingham Snow Hill station in the 1920s.

A steam train at Buckfastleigh station.

Steam into Summer

BROADCAST 1979
29 MINUTES

An affectionate look at the Dart Valley Railway.

A steam train.

The Getaways

Bluebell

BROADCAST 1980
30 MINUTES

Which hobby unites an airline pilot, a carpenter, a schoolboy, a diplomat and a science teacher?

The Yorkshire Dales.

The Past at Work

Railway Mania

BROADCAST 1980
25 MINUTES

Take a trip through the Yorkshire Dales on the Clan Line.

Michael Palin leaning out of a window of a carriage.

Great Railway Journeys

Confessions of a Train Spotter

BROADCAST 1980
58 MINUTES

Join Michael Palin as he travels from London to the Highlands of Scotland.

The 4498 Sir Nigel Gresley on Knaresborough viaduct (c) Corbis.

The Great Railway Cavalcade

Rocket 150 at Rainhill

BROADCAST 1980
59 MINUTES

A celebration of locomotion, from the Rocket to the APT.

A steam train © Corbis

See Hear!

East Somerset Railway

BROADCAST 1981
7 MINUTES

Restoring the Green Knight at East Somerset Railway.

Dornie, Scotland

Steam Days

The Fishing Line

BROADCAST 1986
29 MINUTES

Travel on the footplate on the West Highland Line.

A steam engine arriving at Totnes station.

Steam Days

Going Great Western

BROADCAST 1986
29 MINUTES

Visit the Cornish and Devon Riviera on the Great Western Railway.

The 44767 George Stephenson between Fort William and Mallaig (c) Corbis

The Train Now Departing

The West Highlander

BROADCAST 1988
29 MINUTES

A stunning journey from Fort William to Mallaig with a very contented train driver.

A steam train on the Isle of Man.

The Train Now Departing

Steam on the Isle of Man

BROADCAST 1988
29 MINUTES

The story of the Isle of Man's Victorian steam railway.

A Battle of Britain-class 4-6-2, No 21C167 'Tangmere' at Cannon Street station (c) Corbis

The Train Now Departing

The Survivors

BROADCAST 1988
29 MINUTES

Enthusiasts keep steam alive on Britain's tracks.

A blue butterfly.

Secret Nature

Steam and Wildlife

BROADCAST 1989
29 MINUTES

How the arrival of the rail networks changed the British countryside.

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