This major new documentary series tells the fascinating story of how the railways of Great Britain met, faced and overcame the challenges of the post-industrial era in the middle of the 20th Century. From the devastating legacy of the Second World War, through years of neglect and under-investment and the trauma of Beeching's savage cuts - to a period of hope and growth, the rise of Intercity and the iconic Intercity 125, this is an amazing story of despair and rebirth. Packed with superb colour and black and white footage of Britain's railways, this new series is comprised entirely of original archive film from beginning to end, sourced from the archives of ITN, British Movietone News, Pathe and British Transport Films. It includes never before released original newsreels that have remained unseen since they were shown at cinemas decades ago. Also included are literally hours of rare or previously unseen film material especially rescued from the vaults for this series, including 'rushes' which were never used in any finished broadcast or newsreel. From the creative team behind the highly acclaimed BBC 'Railway Roundabout' and 'Decades of Steam', 'The Fall and Rise of Britain's Railways' is essential viewing for any railway enthusiast. Highlights include breath-taking footage of the steam streamliner era, excellent material on the Blue Pullman, harrowing footage of British locos in the scrapyards, detailed coverage of the electrification of the West Coast Main Line and rare film of Deities and early diesels.