Would you like to see Ron Weasley's dad tell you about the history of steam trains. Mark Williams did a series of 10 episodes of a program on the evolution of trains called Mark Williams On The Rails. I just found them on YouTube and I've watched a good bit of it so far. I'm finding them entertaining and informative.
Cornish Steam Giant The achievement of Richard Trevithick, who built the first locomotive more than 200 years ago.
Rocket Men The creation of railways in north-east England by George Stephenson and his son.
Brunel Isambard Kingdom Brunel and the Great Western Railway.
Moving Mountains The construction of the Transcontinental Railroad in the USA.
Carriage Kings Taking a lavish trip on the Orient Express.
Death On The Tracks How flags and electric levers helped improve safety.
Big Country The inspiration for a railway through the Rocky Mountains? A train in Wales.
Speed And Power The race for speed during the 1920s and 1930s led to locomotive records.
Going Underground Mark visits an early tunnel beneath the Thames as he looks at the London Underground.
Diesel Generation Diesel electric systems take over for steam in 1953.