Locomotion: Dan Snow's History of Railways

Series 1 - Episode 3

Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

Dan Snow relates how British railway workers brought football to South America, holding the continent’s first football match in Argentina in 1867. They were there as part of the global expansion of rail networks during the train’s golden age.

Rail helped turn Argentina into the granary of the world, but back at home it also changed the face of Britain, as entire suburbs were built to provide customers for new lines — the birth of Metroland. The series ends on an upbeat note — but why not continue the story further, to the present day?

About this programme

3/3. The historian and broadcaster examines how in just 50 years, Britain's railways grew from a handful of small lines carrying coal to become the nations' biggest industry. The emergence of the rail network changed working conditions for British employees, proved a valuable export across the globe and even changed the way war was waged. Last in the series.

Cast and crew


Dan Snow


David Vincent
Executive Producer
Eamon Hardy
David Vincent
Series Producer
Melanie Archer