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  • Full Steam Ahead

    Discover how the introduction of steam railways in the early 19th century changed Britain. And hear how coal transformed our day-to-day lives, from cooking to cleaning.

  • Full Steam Ahead

    A visit to Beamish in County Durham, where our historians hear how Victorian railway companies began to develop ways of moving people, rather than goods, around the country.

  • Full Steam Ahead

    How did the Victorian-era railways transform the British diet? Find out as our historians reveal how trains improved the quality of our meat and revolutionised beer production.

  • Full Steam Ahead

    Revisit the golden age of steam train travel. Our team of historians take the ride of a lifetime aboard arguably the most famous locomotive in the world, the Flying Scotsman.

  • Full Steam Ahead

    Discover what the South Devon Railway was like before the Beeching cuts of the 1960s and hear how the railways came to the rescue when a fatal disease wiped out London's cattle.

  • Full Steam Ahead

    Hear how increased leisure time and affordable rail transport brought a new kind of freedom for working-class Victorians, and discover how London became a tourist destination.

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Full Steam Ahead

Series 1

Full Steam Ahead

  • Full Steam Ahead

    Discover how the introduction of steam railways in the early 19th century changed Britain. And hear how coal transformed our day-to-day lives, from cooking to cleaning.

  • Full Steam Ahead

    A visit to Beamish in County Durham, where our historians hear how Victorian railway companies began to develop ways of moving people, rather than goods, around the country.

  • Full Steam Ahead

    How did the Victorian-era railways transform the British diet? Find out as our historians reveal how trains improved the quality of our meat and revolutionised beer production.

  • Full Steam Ahead

    Revisit the golden age of steam train travel. Our team of historians take the ride of a lifetime aboard arguably the most famous locomotive in the world, the Flying Scotsman.

  • Full Steam Ahead

    Discover what the South Devon Railway was like before the Beeching cuts of the 1960s and hear how the railways came to the rescue when a fatal disease wiped out London's cattle.

  • Full Steam Ahead

    Hear how increased leisure time and affordable rail transport brought a new kind of freedom for working-class Victorians, and discover how London became a tourist destination.