BBC Archive - Steam Trains: Great British Engines, Railway Journeys and Steam Enthusiasts

a website screenshot with a glimpse of a steam engine
"This is England, home to the society for the prevention of cruelty to all sorts of things..." So intones the old fashioned voice-over for a film about four preserved steam engines. It also makes the point that "diesel engines are machines, steam locomotives are pratically human."

It's just one of the many charming films on this jewel of a website, which features everything from John Noakes talking about the Flying Scotsman to a 1952 film about a station master's dog steaming down to Eastbourne on the footplate of a classic loco.

An essential stop on any steam enthusiast's digital journey.

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