A short video clip (4.13 min) covering the story of the railways, from George Stephenson through to their greatest days.
There were 6,000 miles of railway in Britain by 1850. Railways transformed travel for people in Britain. This is the story of the railways from George Stephenson and the reaction to the earliest forms of steam engine through to their greatest days. This technology inspired great social, political and economic change that had far-reaching consequences for Britain.