Locomotion: Dan Snow's History of Railways

Locomotion: Dan Snow's History of Railways

Series 1 - Episode 3

Sun 1 Oct 7pm - 8pm Yesterday


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?


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.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Dan Snow
Director David Vincent
Executive Producer Eamon Hardy
Producer David Vincent
Series Producer Melanie Archer