How the railways helped shape world history
Ever since the first passenger-carrying railway in Great Britain in 1807, the railways have played a unique role in world history. They have been powerful evidence of man’s pioneering spirit, and still provide unique ways to travel far and wide. The great engines which thundered along the railway tracks of the world were often beautiful and majestic things and the railways themselves were sometimes powerful reflections of the times.
Whether they’ve been at the cutting edge of progress or at the heart of conflict and war, the world’s railways have always been surrounded by astonishing stories and remarkable people. From the pioneers of the American west or the Australian outback, to the Golden Age of steam and train use in Hitler’s Reich, this series transports us back, revealing the railways to be a perfect blend of scientific innovation, engineering expertise and compelling history.
Series 1: 6x60 | HD | 2019