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The Age of Steam was born in Britain, it was one of the greatest technological breakthroughs the world had ever seen. It changed everything from the food we could eat to the jobs we could do and it powered Britain's rise to the summit of imperial power. It lasted 130 years and then was gone.
Lines were axed and steam was replaced by diesel and electric trains. Yet out of the ashes the steam lines rose again as enthusiasts re-opened old lines and fired up long silent steam engines. Today the heritage lines are thriving bringing the age of steam back to life and with it bringing joy to 8 million passengers every year.
At the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highlands Railway, manager Stephen Greig is trying to ensure that all goes to plan ahead of the opening of the new station at Caernarfon.
At South Devon, Chief Engineer Ray Lee is working to bring a loco back in to service. Down the road in Dartmouth, we pay a visit to the SS Kingswear paddle steamer, the oldest vessel of its kind.
On the Welsh Highland Railway, trainee driver Claire Oates has her all-important driving test, while Chef Alex and Manager Michelle prepare a five course dinner for over 130 people on the East Lancashire railway.
At the East Lancashire Railway, the annual Race the Train event is underway – with athletes of all abilities taking on the 11-mile course from Bury to Rawtenstall. At the Welsh Highland Railway, we meet volunteer guard, Will Stratford.
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