Full Steam Ahead

The Victorians laid over 20,000 miles of railway lines, revolutionising how Britain communicated, traded and lived

The Victorians laid over 20,000 miles of railway lines, revolutionising how Britain communicated, traded and lived. In this six-part series, the Victorian Farm team of Ruth Goodman, Peter Ginn and Alex Langlands explore how the railways built modern Britain. Ruth reveals how a more connected Britain made coal more affordable – changing the way we cooked and forcing women to spend more time in the home as the burden of housework increased.