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Episode 4 of 12

Duration: 29 minutes

Documentary series in which Fred Dibnah travels around Britain in his restored traction engine in search of engineering skills and technology from a bygone age, visiting ancient iron foundries, industrial sites and little workshops.

Fred and his steersman Alf travel up to Scotland, where they marvel at the ingenuity of the Falkirk Wheel and visit one of the few surviving traditional iron works left in the region. After stopping at Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway for a few repairs, they're ready for the off and the traction engine becomes the first to cross the Forth Road Bridge under its own steam.


David Hall
Fred Dibnah


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