Full Steam Ahead

Ruth Goodman, Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn continue to zoom through the impact the age of steam had on Britain

Ruth Goodman, Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn continue to zoom through the impact the age of steam had on Britain, this week examining its effect on communication.

They reveal how an increasingly literate population meant the need for a more efficient postal service and saw the advent of mail trains and travelling post offices, and look at how high-speed trains meant newspapers reached people faster.

The trio take the Flying Scotsman to Edinburgh – and poor Alex finds out what it’s like to be a waiter in a high-speed dining car. Soup, anyone?

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