From the very early beginnings to the last standard engine, this programme celebrates the proud heritage of innovation and development of British steam locomotives.
Just like the horses that the early locos were designed to replace, it soon became apparent that different types were needed for different tasks, the slow heavy freights needed to be strong steady engines, while the fast express trains needed something more akin to a racehorse.
The need for specialisation quickly developed and primitive locomotives were replaced with everything from freight and tank engines to narrow gauge as well as mixed traffic types and , of course express passenger trains.
Each classification of main loco type is carefully indexed so you'll quickly be able to find any particular scene or your favourite engine from the Rocket to the Mallard and The Flying Scotsman.
The steam engine was invented in Britain over 200 years ago and many people still consider it to be the romantic form of transport, so sit back and enjoy this nostalgic journey.