British Steam Locomotives is a series of programmes which looks at the power and majesty of some of Britain’s most famous steam locomotives. Each programme covers an individual named locomotive and looks at its history, restoration and more recent working.
Fred Dibnah always had a passion for steam railways. This collection brings together for the first time recently discovered footage shot with Fred at Britain`s railway workshops, museums and preservation lines. It forms an exclusive invitation into the world of knowledge and excitement that Fred Dibnah brought to this subject, and an opportunity to see so much that has never been screened before.
From a very early age Fred Dibnah had a love of steam powered machines and spent a large part of his life restoring them and studying their construction and history. Here he shares that passion as he unearths the best of our steam heritage and meets some of his fellow enthusiasts who devote their lives to finding, restoring, preserving and operating steam engines of all sorts of shapes and sizes.
180 years ago in 1833, Isambard Kingdom Brunel was appointed engineer of the newly founded Great Western Railway. Using archive footage and photographs our series of programmes follows it`s development: from the London to the West Country lines that are remembered with such affection as journeys to holiday destinations to the Steam Locomotives designed by Gooch, Churchward and Collett; the grand terminals of Paddington and Temple Meads and the countless country halts.
In the 1960s thousands of railways across the country were closed. Many of these old branch lines, and the spectacular scenery they pass through, are now treasured by ramblers. Julia follows these old tracks, overgrown cuttings and ancient viaducts of Britain`s lost rail empire, as well as visiting the disused lines across England, Scotland and Wales.
The cameras are everywhere - on the trackside, on the footplate and in the shunting yard - the footage is stunning, the script is engaging and the input from enginemen and owners adds depth and interest.
Railways Restored is a fascinating series, focusing on the lines at the forefront of steam preservation; featuring unrivalled collections of steam locomotives, coaches and wagons, seen in action up and down the line, complemented by beautifully restored stations. These programmes go behind the scenes, exploring the history and current operation of the railway.