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Tuesday Documentary - Engines Must Not Enter the Potato Siding

First transmitted in 1969, this film looks at a handful of the 280,000 railwaymen who work in Britain.

First transmitted in 1969, this film looks at a handful of the 280,000 railwaymen who work in Britain, especially the men who worked on the former Midland and Great Central routes, as they reflect on their changing industry.

Inside Sheffield Railway Men's Club former steam locomotive crew discuss the transition from steam to electric and diesel engines, and heatedly debate their respective merits.

Meanwhile on the Manchester-Sheffield line a former steam locomotive driver remembers what it was like to go through the Woodhead Tunnel, where driver and fireman had to crouch down to avoid the fumes and get breathable air. Signalman Michael Gatonby reveals life inside the signal box, one of the loneliest and busiest jobs on the railway line.

  • Broadcast on BBC One, 9:10PM Tue, 4 Nov 1969
  • Available until 12:00AM Fri, 1 Jan 2038
  • First broadcast BBC One, 9:10PM Tue, 4 Nov 1969
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  • Duration 47 minutes

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