It was the job every schoolboy wanted but only a madman took on! The unflappable Clive Groome is our expert driving instructor and talks in detail about the skill and knowledge required to handle one of the most responsible jobs in Britain. Clive describes driving a steam engine as managing a mobile bomb at 80mph while standing on a small platform fitted with simple controls. This programme covers every aspect of the job, from observing and obeying signals to understanding the dangers of letting speed run away with you and how to avoid going into slip. It is not intended to provide a complete A-Z of the control layout on the footplate but instead offer an outline of the disiplines and attitudes that make it possible to operate locomotives efficiantly, safely and with minimal physical effort. Throughout the programme, Clive relates lovely tales of his time on the mainline and his extensive experience and easy style makes this a programme that will be enjoyed by all lovers of steam.
Learn the details behind the one hundred most significant breakthroughs in the history of mankind! Take a journey through history and examine the discoveries, breakthroughs and eureka moments that have transformed all of our lives for the better. Host Bill Nye travels the world, meeting eminent scientists in various fields, to explore and explain the principles behind the most significant developments in the history of mankind. Each of the 100 Greatest Discoveries, in eight different fields of knowledge, is examined both in terms of the principles and personalities involved. Over 500 years of scientific advances are distilled and presented in this accessible, entertaining series to give you a good understanding of HOW many of science s toughest riddles were solved, WHO it was that solved them, and WHY these solutions are so significant.
Using authentic newsreel footage from the era, discover the reality of life during WWII for those who remained in Britain. It was a difficult time, when every citizen had to share the nations burden, from children, hundreds of thousands of whom were evacuated from cities, to older men and women who had already served their country in previous wars, yet were called upon to form the country's last line of defence, the home guard.
In this programme we feature heavy metal in action as the unrebuilt Pacific 34567 "Tangmere" heads a heavily loaded maniline rail tour on the Torbay Express service to Kingswear. Everything is against her; there's rain in the air, she's running late and for some reason the engine is not steaming particularly well. However, her crew remain quietly confident that their 7P machine is the equalof any Class B engine. Today is their chance to prove it.
This wonderful film is a dawn-to-dusk account of one of the most charismatic branch lines in Britain, where every one of the eight engines in steam is pure Great Western. The South Devon Railway is celebrating its 40th anniversary in style. The old Ashburton single-track branch line, which follows the River Dart from Totnes up to the edge of Dartmoor, has never been busier… with everything from double-headed freight workings to those distinctive GWR autotrains. In this nostalgic programme we join the crews of two very different engines, the heavy 38xx freight locomotive 3803, and Prairie tank engine 5542 on push-and-pull duty, to relive once again the quaint splendour of the GWR branch lines.