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The Golden Age of Steam Railways

  • Season 1
  • 2 episodes
  • Documentary

Summary

Home movies help tell the story of how bands of volunteers got together to save some of Britain's railway tracks and the steam engines that ran on them

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Episode 2: Branching Out

Summary

Part two of two. The story of the visionaries who helped to rescue Britain's standard gauge railways continues, as further home-shot footage reveals how these volunteers managed to restore the lines that once served the nation's mines, quarries, factories and docks, but fell into disuse from the 1950s onwards. Narrated by Jenny Agutter.

Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Lovers of train travel get first-class treatment with a repeat showing of this thoughtful, charming BBC documentary about how volunteers banded together to save some of Britain’s railway tracks and the steam engines that ran on them.

Narrated rather appropriately by The Railway Children’s Jenny Agutter, the wonderfully evocative home movies and interviews with the enthusiasts tell the story of their passion for rescuing and renovating steam engines.

How to watch

Next showing

There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show.

Details

Formats
Colour

Credits

Cast

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NarratorJenny Agutter

Crew

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DirectorDavid Parker
ProducerDavid Parker

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  • Episode 2

    Branching Out

    Summary

    Part two of two. The story of the visionaries who helped to rescue Britain's standard gauge railways continues, as further home-shot footage reveals how these volunteers managed to restore the lines that once served the nation's mines, quarries, factories and docks, but fell into disuse from the 1950s onwards. Narrated by Jenny Agutter.

    Review

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.

    Lovers of train travel get first-class treatment with a repeat showing of this thoughtful, charming BBC documentary about how volunteers banded together to save some of Britain’s railway tracks and the steam engines that ran on them.

    Narrated rather appropriately by The Railway Children’s Jenny Agutter, the wonderfully evocative home movies and interviews with the enthusiasts tell the story of their passion for rescuing and renovating steam engines.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show.

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    NarratorJenny Agutter

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorDavid Parker
    ProducerDavid Parker
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