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December 11th 2012
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The Golden Age of Steam Railways
The Ffestiniog Railway and, in particular, the Deviationists, play a major part in this excellent 60 minute documentary from BBC4. Available on the iPlayer until Christmas Eve. Features previously-unseen archive footage.

This two-part documentary tells the remarkable story of a band of visionaries who rescued some of the little narrow gauge railways that once served Britain's industries. These small railways and the steam engines that ran on them were once the driving force of Britain's mines, quarries, factories and docks. Then, as they disappeared after 1945, volunteers set to work to bring the lines and the steam engines back to life and started a movement which spread throughout the world. Their home movies tell the story of how they helped millions reconnect with a past they thought had gone forever.

Watch the programme here.




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