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Steam Days

All Episodes 1986

  • Ended
  • BBC Two
  • 1986-07-08T23:30:00+04:00
  • 30 mins
  • 3 hours, 0 mins
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Documentary
A series of journeys by steam train first broadcast in 1986.

6 episodes

1x01 Travels with a Duchess

  • Series Premiere

    1986-07-08T23:30:00+04:00 — 30 mins

Miles Kington takes a closer look at the 'Duchess of Hamilton', one of Britain's most famous locomotives. The presenter meets Kim Maylon, the principal engineer who looked after the locomotive at the National Railway Museum in York, and is shown the work involved to prepare the engine for its epic trip. He then travels behind the Duchess over the famous Settle to Carlisle line.

1x02 The Fishing Line

  • 1986-07-15T23:30:00+04:00 — 30 mins

Miles Kington experiences the power of a London, Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS) Stanier 'Black Five' on a journey from Fort William across the western Highlands via Glenfinnan to Mallaig. While observing breathtaking scenery and stunning engineering achievements, including Glenfinnan viaduct, Kington uncovers what the West Highland Line meant to the traditional crofting communities that had been devastated by the Highland clearances.

1x03 The Quest for Speed

  • 1986-07-22T23:30:00+04:00 — 30 mins

Miles Kington looks at three locomotives, including the ‘City of Truro’ and ‘Sir Nigel Gresley’, which played a part in keeping Britain on the tracks towards the world speed record. In conversation with John Bellwood from the National Railway Museum in York, Kington reflects on the pros and cons of Patrick Stirling’s Single Wheeler locomotive.

1x04 Workhorses

  • 1986-07-29T23:30:00+04:00 — 30 mins

Miles Kington looks at freight trains - the workhorses of Britain's railways - and the pattern of their usage before motorways. He examines the role of the British Rail Standard Class 9F steam locomotive, one of the most powerful to run on British railways, and hitches a lift in the cab of 92203 'Black Prince'.

1x05 Going Great Western

  • 1986-08-05T23:30:00+04:00 — 30 mins

Miles Kington explores the line laid from Bristol to Exeter by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and then travels through south Devon in all its glory. Along the way Kington examines the enormous task faced by Brunel in the design and construction of the Royal Albert Bridge, which carries the Cornish Main Line railway in and out of Cornwall. Perhaps less well known is the impact of the railway line and the rail company on promoting tourism in the Edwardian golden age of British seaside resorts.

1x06 A Tale of Two Scotsmen

  • 1986-08-12T23:30:00+04:00 — 30 mins

Miles Kington tries to find out why the name 'Flying Scotsman' has been exciting travellers and enthusiasts for so long, and meets the people who are determined to preserve its image today.