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Locomotion: Dan Snow's History of The Railways
In 19th century Britain there was an eruption of engineering enterprise and financial ambition that gives the pyramids a run for their money as one of the most ambitious construction projects ever attempted. In this fascinating three part series Dan Snow reveals how the making of the British railway network had a colossal impact on Britain and left a breathtaking impression on the world. Dan unearths how the coming of rail was much more than a heartwarming story of engineering achievement. This was a revolution within a revolution; a maelstrom of scientific enterprise, social upheaval and rampant capitalism that burned at the heart of the industrial transformation of Britain.

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Episode #103
Previously aired Sunday June 15th
In just fifty years, Britain's railways had grown from a handful of small lines carrying coal, to the biggest industry in the strongest nation on the planet. A nation had built the railways; now those railways would build a nation - influencing working conditions for its employees, proving a valuable export across the globe - they even changed the way we waged war. But the story of railways until the beginning of the Second World War concerned who they really belonged to - the private rail companies who were obsessed with profit; the public, who rode them; or the government, who needed them at times of crisis, but were reluctant to regulate.
52 minutes long
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Sun Jun 15th @ 3:45 pm

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Sun Jun 29th @ 5:00 pm

Episode #102
Previously aired Sunday June 15th
In the late 1830's the railways arrived in London and linked the capital to Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester. This was the start of a truly national network and one of the greatest civil engineering projects in history. The railways triggered a mania across Britain. Railway tycoons like Samuel Morton Peto and George Hudson made and lost fortunes as the stock markets boomed. But the bubble burst in 1847 and shares plummeted. Thousands of ordinary shareholders filled the bankruptcy courts. Yet the legacy of the mania was an incredible rail network and a revolution in the way people lived.
52 minutes long
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Sun Jun 15th @ 2:52 pm

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Sun Jun 22nd @ 5:00 pm

Episode #101
Previously aired Sunday June 15th
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 and the pivotal technology for modern Britain, and a connected world. Rapid industrial growth during the early 19th century, coupled with the prospect of vast profits, drove inventors and entrepreneurs to develop steam locomotives, metal tracks and an array of daring tunnels, cuttings and bridges that created a nationwide system of railways in just 30 years. George Stephenson's Liverpool and Manchester Railway became the model for future inter-city travel for the next century and his fast, reliable locomotive, The Rocket, began a quest for speed that has defined our modern world.
51 minutes long
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Sun Jun 15th @ 2:00 pm

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Sun Jun 15th @ 5:00 pm


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