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Dan Snow traces the development of Britain's railways, from the beginnings of a true national network in the late 1830s through to the end of the 'railway mania' in 1847.

In the late 1830s, the railways arrived in London and linked the capital to Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester. This was the start of a truly national network - and one of the greatest civil engineering projects in history.

The spread of the railways triggered a mania across Britain. Railway tycoons like Samuel Morton Peto and George Hudson made fortunes as the stock markets boomed around these new developments. Yet the bubble burst in 1847 and shares plummeted. Thousands of ordinary shareholders filled the bankruptcy courts. However as Dan Snow reveals, the legacy of the mania was an incredible rail network for 19th-century Britain and a revolution in the way people lived.

59 minutes

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Dan Snow
Producer Helen Nixon
Director Helen Nixon
Executive Producer Eamon Hardy
Series Producer Melanie Archer

Broadcasts

  • Tue 22 Jan 2013 21:00
  • Wed 23 Jan 2013 23:20
  • Mon 28 Jan 2013 00:25
  • Mon 28 Jan 2013 23:20
  • Thu 30 May 2013 19:00
  • Fri 31 May 2013 19:00
  • Sun 2 Aug 2015 19:00
  • Tue 5 Apr 2016 20:00
  • Wed 6 Apr 2016 01:55
  • Wed 14 Jun 2017 23:20
  • Tue 31 Oct 2017 15:15
  • Sun 3 Jun 2018 19:00
  • Mon 4 Jun 2018 00:30
  • Sun 28 Oct 2018 19:00