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  • How to Drive the Flying Scotsman

    An expert training session on how to drive the world's most famous steam locomotive, the Flying Scotsman.

  • John Snell's Railways Recalled

    This film is a little gem! A selection of archive films from the collection of John Snell and his 16mm camera. John Snell has been a follower of railways since childhood and has been involved in preservation for many years. Pure nostalgia! From British Pathé TV's Railway Collection.

  • King Edward I

    6024 King Edward I is the only working example of the famous Great Western “King” or “6000 Class” locomotives. Sold for scrap in 1962, the locomotive went to the scrapyard at Barry, South Wales. 6024 languished there for eleven years until it was purchased by the 6024 Preservation Society Ltd in ...

  • Main Line Return to Swanage

    The full story behind the return of passenger trains to the Swanage branch in April and May 2008. Includes aerial footage of Tangmere as it arrives and departs from the branch. Many lineside locations and interviews with the key people on the day and footage of the trains as they departed from Lo...

  • No. 850 Lord Nelson

    This programme tells the story of the Lord Nelson from its design and construction in 1926 through to its operational years in BR service and eventual withdrawal in 1962. Footage of its first preservation period in service in the 1980s is accompanied by recollections of firing a Nelson by an East...

  • No. 925 Cheltenham

    One of only three of the “Schools” class to survive into preservation, 925 was overhauled by volunteers of the Mid-Hants at Eastleigh railway works where it was constructed in 1934. After just under thirty years service with the Southern and BR, Cheltenham was withdrawn in 1962 and set to one sid...

  • 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 Elizabeth

    Currently the only working example of the "Princess Royal" Class, No. 6201 Princess Elizabeth is one of our earlier examples saved by pioneers in preservation. This programme traces the locomotive’s preserved life from the time it was bought by the Princess Elizabeth Locomotive Society from Carli...

  • 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. 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 reunion in August 1995. From British Pathé TV's Railway...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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...