History

Trains That Changed the World

For more than 200 years, trains have transformed our lives. They have changed the way we travel, the way we work, and even the way we vacation. TRAINS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD reveals how four iconic, British-built trains revolutionized rail travel – and inspired incredible railway projects all over the world.

Cities

41m 36s

The London Underground, which first began operating in 1863, changed the way we get around cities forever, transporting people deep underground to clear congested streets.

Episodes

  • Leisure: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Leisure

    S1 E104 - 40m 43s

    The Great Western Railway (GWR), designed and engineered by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and opened in 1838, opened up the railways to travelers within Britain and ushered in an eria of luxury and sleeper carriages

  • Industry: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Industry

    S1 E103 - 42m 36s

    The Industrial Revolution was the single most important event in the development of the modern railway, and one train from that era came to symbolize the new age of steam: Stephenson’s Rocket.

  • Cities: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Cities

    S1 E102 - 41m 36s

    The London Underground, which first began operating in 1863, changed the way we get around cities forever, transporting people deep underground to clear congested streets.

  • Speed: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Speed

    S1 E101 - 42m 12s

    The Flying Scotsman was a remarkable steam engine built in 1923 that revolutionized travel within the U.K. as the first train to break the 100mph barrier, inspiring the world to use trains for high-speed transport.

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