The Survivors

First transmitted in 1988, preservation societies strive to keep services running for new visitors 20 years after the last passenger steam train ran on mainline railways. Accompanied by footage of engines on the Bluebell Line and the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway, enthusiasts talk about their passion for steam and why all the hard work involved in restoring and operating a steam train is worth it.

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Sun 22 Aug 1993 23:10

BBC Four Steam Railways Collection

BBC Four Steam Railways Collection
This programme is part of a collection of programmes celebrating Britain’s extraordinary Steam Railway legacy.

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Some of the footage in this series was shot by the renowned photographer, steam enthusiast and former racing driver Ivo Peters. He took some 4,000 images of the Somerset and Dorset Line alone and shot 25,000ft of film about railways. After he died, a street in Bath that leads to Green Park station was named after him.

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Programmes are selected, in part, for their historical context and reflect the broadcast standards and attitudes of their time, which may not accord to some current BBC editorial guidelines. We aim to select programmes which can be shown in their entirety but in some cases edits are required.

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