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The Train Now Departing - 4. Steam on the Isle of Man

First transmitted in 1988, this programme explores the history of the narrow-gauge steam locomotive network that has served the Isle of Man since the 1870s.

First transmitted in 1988, this programme explores the history of the narrow-gauge steam locomotive network that has served the Isle of Man since the 1870s. 'One disadvantage of train sets is that they aren't big enough.' So says Anthony Smith, who narrates the story of the Isle of Man's steam network.

Steam engines might have been phased out decades ago but, thanks to local volunteers, the Isle of Man's lines have been restored and preserved for the pleasure of thousands of holidaymakers each year.

  • Broadcast on BBC One, 11:40PM Sun, 1 Aug 1993
  • Available until 11:59PM Fri, 9 Dec 2022
  • First broadcast BBC Two, 8:00PM Tue, 6 Dec 1988
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  • Duration 30 minutes

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