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Lines of Industry

First transmitted in 1988, this episode looks at how the humble industrial railway lines are emerging from the shadows of the more traditionally glamourous passenger lines.

First transmitted in 1988, this episode looks at how the humble industrial railway lines are emerging from the shadows of the more traditionally glamorous passenger lines.Anthony Smith looks at steam engines used in industry and visits Amberley Chalk Pits narrow gauge railway museum, Castle Donington power station and the site of old ironstone works in Oxfordshire. At the dawn of rail transportation and during their peak, private industrial lines covered thousands of miles of Britain’s railway tracks. Sadly their heyday came to an abrupt end and much of their legacy has been forgotten. Through the efforts of keen rail enthusiasts who are working to restore old industrial locomotives and rolling stock, their legacy will not be lost.

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30 minutes

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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About BBC Four Collection programmes

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.

Broadcasts

  • Tue 13 Dec 1988 20:00
  • Wed 22 Aug 1990 13:55
  • Sun 3 Nov 1991 08:40
  • Sun 8 Aug 1993 22:55

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