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Steam into Summer

First transmitted in 1979, this film looks at the Dart Valley Railway, which had been closed in the late 1950s as part of Dr Beeching's reorganisation of Britain's railway network. It reopened in 1968 as a volunteer-run association to provide a commercially viable steam passenger service between Buckfastleigh and Totnes. This programme hears from some of those volunteers to find out why they're so determined to preserve their own treasures from the age of steam.More about this programmeThe poem recited in the middle of this programme ('Faster than faeries, faster than witches...') is 'From a Railway Carriage' by Robert Louis Stevenson.

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30 minutes

Last on

Wed 4 Aug 1993 12:00
BBC Two except East, South East, Yorkshire