Steam engines may not be anywhere as fast as today's modern high speed trains, but these powerful machines rekindle memories of a more romantic form of travel. Throughout their colourful history the steam locomotive has always held a very special place in the hearts of millions of people.
This informative overview of the development of the steam engine introduced and scripted by Nigel Harris, brings vividly to life The Story Of Steam. From the early days through the exciting development of the steam engine right up to today's surviving preserved and working steam railways.
Using a unique blend of newsreel, archive film and contemporary action this programme traces the development of the great steam engines from 'Rocket' to 'Evening Star'.
We also visit some more exotic and remote parts of the world.,including Cuba and China, where steam locomotives can still be seen hard at work in the 21st Century.