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.
The mountains of
the Highlands and the shores of the Lowlands
provide some of the most glorious railway images north of the Border.
Caledonian Railway’s blue livery can still be seen on the SRPS line at Bo’ness
whilst Highland grandeur lives on along the
valley of the River Spey on the Strathspey Railway.
steam trains travelled the Scottish main lines and in this programme we see
them heading towards Kyle of Lochalsh, across Rannoch Moor, over the Highland
mountains at places such as Slocht Summit, eastward near Aberdeen and, of
course, over the legendary Forth Bridge.