Railways

  • Preservation Pioneers

    This film tells the fascinating story of how our preserved locomotives were purchased from British Railways. From British Pathé TV's Railway Collection.

  • Princess Margaret Rose

    Few steam locomotives have a history to match Princess Margaret Rose, the 1st production Pacific for the LMS Railway. When the locomotive was withdrawn from BR’s operating stock in the early 60s, she was purchased by Sir Billy Butlin as a showpiece for his Pwllheli holiday camp and destined to be...

  • Railway Round-Up

    1 season

    Railway Round-Up features a wide variety of modern-day preservation work and main line activity around the UK. It features many preserved railways during special events, extensions to new locations, a "Barry" engine under restoration and much more.

  • Recollections of the Somerset & Dorset

    Memories from railway men and women operating the Somerset & Dorset Railway. No other railway in Britain commands such an interest. It is now many years since the line closed for traffic but the memories linger on. This film contains many memories from ex-S&D railwaymen and women filmed at their ...

  • Returned to East Grinstead

    Now fully connected to the main line at East Grinstead, we take a visual journey on the epic operation to get the Bluebell Line from Sheffield Park through to the main line. From British Pathé TV's Railway Collection.

  • Ribblehead Viaduct – A Celebration

    A programme detailing the story of the great viaduct across Batty Moss on the Settle-Carlisle Railway. From British Pathé TV's Railway Collection.

  • Sir Lamiel – 30777

    The last remaining Southern Railway "King Arthur" Class No. 30777, "The Last Knight" Sir Lamiel is now over eighty years old and proudly a part of the National Collection. From British Pathé TV's Railway Collection.

  • Smoke & Steam
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    Smoke & Steam

    1 season

    In a modern, technological world, the "Age of Steam" seems to belong to former, more glorious and exciting times. But, with nostalgia rampant, there’s a new "Age of Steam" – today, as the giants of the past bring the golden age back to life.

  • Smoke & Steam in Scotland

    A tribute to the renaissance in steam operations in the Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland. "Scotland for Steam" runs the advertising - and it certainly is! On the railways, steam is a major tourist attraction, both on preserved lines and British Rail’s own main and branch lines.

  • Smoke & Steam in the South

    All steam action from the main lines of the former Great Western Railway and Southern Railway, including the Salisbury to Exeter main line, Didcot to Worcester, Didcot to Birmingham and the Folkestone Harbour lines.

  • Smoke & Steam in Wales

    Wales has one of the largest associations with steam in the British Isles. The narrow gauge railways of the north west are famous for their hard-working tiny engines, from the Tallyllyn (the world’s first preserved railway) to the Ffestiniog, the Snowdon Mountain Railway, the Welshpool and Llanfa...

  • Smoke & Steam on the Settle & Carlisle

    "Settle and Carlisle" - the words are as evocative to the railway enthusiast as "Smoke and Steam". This film brings you a selection of fabulous images of steam locomotives at work over the UK’s premier scenic railway, the Settle and Carlisle, which runs through the Westmorland Mountains, unparall...

  • Steam at Work

    A celebration of steam in Britain. Highlights include film of the Swanage Branch in the 1950s, the Longmoor Military Railway and working steam on the Swanage Railway and the North Yorkshire Moors. From British Pathé TV's Railway Collection.

  • Steaming Through Wessex - Part 1

    A first volume of remarkable films shot by Douglas Seaton on his 16mm camera - all in colour from the 1940s through to the mid-1960s. These films portray a crucial period in railway history. From British Pathé TV's Railway Collection.

  • Steaming Through Wessex - Part 2

    The second volume in the remarkable series of archive films taken by Douglas Seaton in the 1940s and 1950s. This volume contains more 16mm film in full colour and some very rare black and white footage taken in the 1920s and 1930s providing such scenes as early Southern locomotives on the South W...

  • Steam in the Highlands

    Steam locomotives have been at home in Scotland for over a century and a half – today they still run over the main lines blending with the mountains and lowland scenery. This programme is a an evocative look at steam in Scotland from the Strathspey Railway to the West Highlands via Edinburgh and ...

  • Tales of Settle-Carlisle

    The famous Settle-Carlisle Railway is well-known for its beautiful surroundings and structures such as viaducts, stations and tunnels. But just as important to the history of the line were the personalities involved with it. Hundreds of railway men and women have been part of the operation of thi...

  • Tangmere – 34067

    Tangmere – an original Bulleid masterpiece. One of thirty-one Bulleid Pacifics to survive into preservation after 1967, Tangmere is once again gracing Britain’s main lines. From British Pathé TV's Railway Collection.

  • Tangmere Update

    This film covers the tours by Bulleid “Battle of Britain” Class Pacific No. 34067 Tangmere since the beginning of 2004. Since its restoration to main line condition in 2002-2003, Tangmere has accomplished a considerable rail tour programme with various operating companies. From British Pathé TV's...

  • The Barry Scrapyard Story

    The legendary yard of Woodham Bros. at Barry Glamorgan has truly a remarkable story. It started in 1959 with the arrival of locomotives from Swindon Works for breaking up and until 1968, over 300 would assemble from all over Britain. But not all were scrapped - indeed, 213 lingered on and were al...

  • The Cam Camwell Collection

    1 season

    An exciting and nostalgic series of archive 16mm films. All the material in this programme has not previously appeared in a documentary and covers virtually every part of the British Isles, including private railways, in the early 1950s.

  • The Fall and Rise of Britain's Railways

    1 season

    Documentary series telling the story of how UK railways met and overcame the challenges of the post-industrial era. The films trace the history of Britain's railways from the legacy of WWII, through years of neglect and under-investment and the trauma of Beeching's cuts, to a period of hope and g...

  • The History of the British Steam Railways

    The story of Britain's steam railways, from the early days of Stephenson's Rocket through to the end of mainline steam services and the preserved steam lines of today. From British Pathé TV's Railway Collection.

  • The Last Steam Train

    The full story of the last steam train operated by British Rail in August 1968. Includes never-before-seen film of the 15 Guinea Special as it prepares to leave Liverpool Lime street on its epic 315-mile journey to Carlisle and return. From British Pathé TV's Railway Collection.