Steam Train Britain

Steam Train Britain

Series 1 - Episode 1

Mon 23 Dec 11pm - 12am Yesterday
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Review

The UK’s steam enthusiasts are lovely folk, if this straightforward and entirely pleasant new series is any guide.

Stars of the show tonight are Cedric, 80, and his shovel-toting 22-year-old apprentice Megan, who are tasked with maintaining 170 pounds per square inch of pressure in the engine of a locomotive on the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways. Under Cedric’s friendly but exacting tutelage, Megan will be a fully trained firewoman in no time. 

Elsewhere in a show that amounts to a tour of some of Britain’s nicest countryside, we pootle up and down south Devon and deepest Leicestershire, picking up expertise about signals, sleepers and the best way to heat a sausage roll on a steam duct.

Summary

Behind the scenes of three preserved steam railway lines - the South Devon Railway heritage line, the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highlands Railway and the Great Central Railway. Sports scientist Megan Smith has a dream of becoming a steam locomotive fireman on the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway, and she fires-up NG143 and sets off along the 25 miles from Caernarfon to Porthmadog.
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