The North and East Midlands area of Great Britain has a proud industrial history bound up in the railways of the country. Situated in the heart of the North and East Midlands is one of the country's greatest coalfields, the very lifeblood of the steam railway. The film features many of the companies that served the area, notably the London and North Western Railway, the Great Central Railway and the Midland Railway. NORTH & EAST MIDLANDS shows many of their steam locomotives which can still be seen hard at work on both the preserver railways and the main lines of the Midlands as the great railway preservation movement has striven to keep their memories alive. The programme is notably about the sights and sounds of steam trains.