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Locomotion: Dan Snow's History of Railways

Locomotion: Dan Snow's History of Railways is a three-part BBC documentary series presented by Dan Snow, examining the development of the railways from their beginnings as track-ways for coal carts in the early 18th century to the pivotal technology for modern Britain. From their beginnings as a primitive system of track-ways for coal carts in the early 18th century, railways quickly developed into the driving force behind the industrial revolution. In the late 1830s the railways arrived in London and linked the capital to Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester. This was the start of a truly national network. Over just 50 years the railways grew from transporting coal to a vital part of the economy.

Episode 1 - Beginnings
From their beginnings as a primitive system of track-ways for coal carts in the early 18th century, railways quickly developed into the driving force behind the industrial revolution.

Episode 2 - Network
In the late 1830s the railways arrived in London and linked the capital to Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester. This episode traces the development of the railways from simple tracks to a truly national network.

Episode 3 - Ownership
Over just 50 years the railways grew from transporting coal to a vital part of the economy.


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