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Recorded throughout the last decade, this film recreates the experience and the Glory of Steam on Southern Lines. The Southern Railway was the smallest of the four companies formed in 1923. However, it carried the largest passenger traffic of all with its enormous suburban system, which was rapidly electrified. By contrast, its rural branches, which proliferated all along the South coast of England, and the main lines from which they sprang, were worked by a wide variety of steam locomotives right up to the end of main line steam. Many of these branches survive today, forming the basis of numerous preserved railways and the rich variety of Southern steam locomotion is still well represented.
Locomotives featured in this programme:
257 Squadron, Canadian Pacific, City of Wells, Clan Line, Classes H, C, T9, M7, Port Line, Repton, Sir Lamiel, Stepney, Sutton, Swanage, Tangmere, Taw Valley and many more.
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