Fred Dibnah always had a passion for steam railways. This collection brings together for the first time ever, previously unseen footage shot for the BBC with Fred at Britain’s railway workshops, museums and preservation lines. It forms an exclusive invitation into the world of knowledge and excitement that Fred Dibnah brought to this subject, and an opportunity to see so much that has never been screened before.
THE STORY OF BRITAIN’S RAILWAYS
From the earliest wooden wagon ways in the 18th century to the last great days of steam and the birth of the railway preservation movement, Fred gives us his own unique history of the railways in Britain. Filmed on location at the National Railway Museum; the Bluebell Railway; Didcot Railway Centre; Birmingham Railway Museum and many of Britain’s most historic railways and railway sites.
GREAT LITTLE STEAM RAILWAYS
Fred recollects his boyhood passion for steam railways, takes us on a tour of some of his favourite preservation lines and tells us some of his own railway stories. Filmed on location at Birmingham Railway Museum, Ffestiniog, Llangollen, Middleton, Ravenglass and Eskdale, South Tynedale, Tanfield and East Lancs Railways.
MADE IN BRITAIN: RAILWAY YARDS AND WORKSHOPS
The skills of building, maintaining and restoring great steam locomotives are still alive at the workshops of some of Britain’s preserved railways, and Fred Dibnah visited some of the biggest on his traction engine grand tour of Britain for the series "Made In Britain”. Featuring visits to the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway; Midland Railway Centre; Great Central Railway; Severn Valley Railway and Ffestiniog Railway.
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