Learn more about the history of the railways through these stories.
The journey begins
A brief history of how the railways began.
Rocket and the Rainhill trials
Learn why Stephenson's Rocket is one of the most important locomotives ever.
The men and women who built the railways.
The towns that became dependent on the rail industry.
The beauty of engineering drawings.
Cathedrals of steam
Railways dramatically altered the urban environment.
The influence of Brunel and the Stephensons.
Fitting railways into the landscape.
Gridlock and congestion
The roads versus the railways.
Electrification of the railways.
How cameras captured the rail revolution.
Railway art has always had a strong commercial element.
How Britain exported rail to the world.
The artist's eye
500 years of visual representation.
The production process
Scale drawings of engineering plans.
The rise of suburbia
How railways drove people to the outskirts.
War with rude nature
The remaking of the countryside.
Why is Flying Scotsman famous?
The story of the London-Edinburgh service.
Flying Scotsman: from 1862 to today
The race for speed.
The East Coast Main Line.