The steam railway
has been part of Britain’s
heritage for 200 years. In that time it has evolved from the cutting edge of
technology, through the driving force of industrial expansion, to the accepted
form of transport and, more recently, a much-loved, living, part of our
In this programme,
using film shot over the last quarter of a century, we reflect upon the
development of steam and celebrate our great railway heritage.
From the North to
the South of the Principality, the Welsh railways hold a unique appeal, and in
this programme we discover some of the great sights of Welsh steam.
On the main lines
we see express passenger locomotives running to Anglesea along the north Wales Coast.
In the mountains of Snowdonia we visit the great Ffestiniog Railway and the
re-born Welsh Highland Railway and witness the pioneering Tal-y-llyn Railway,
and BR’s last steam outpost at Devil’s Bridge.
We follow the
Welsh Borders, climb to the Big Pit, and travel the South
Wales main line. On the borders we go deep into the Forest of Dean
and run along the Dee
Valley at Llangollen.