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This six-part series about Britain’s steam trains has been a revelation, thanks to the enthusiasm and knowledge of presenters Ruth Goodman, Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn.

Tonight, we hear about the impact of the railways on our leisure time. As trips by train became a regular feature of British life, people travelled further and wider.

Grand hotels appeared at stations, fishing villages became tourist towns and one third of the population visited the Great Exhibition of 1851 on the burgeoning rail network. A stunning tribute to steam power.