Railways: The Making of a Nation

Historian Liz McIvor explores how Britain's expanding rail network was the spark to a social revolution, starting in the 1800s and through to modern times.

A fast system of transportation shaped many areas of our industrial nation, from what we eat to where we live, work and play. The railways generated economic activity but they also changed the nature of business itself. They even changed attitudes to time and how we set our clocks! Our railways reflected deep class divisions, but they also brought people together and helped forge a new sense of national identity.

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A Touch of Class

Episode 1x06; Nov 3, 2016

Trains reflected class divisions, with separate carriages for first, second and third class passengers. Yet, seen at the time, they were also bringing people physically closer together.In the early 1800s Britain was clearly divided between upper, mid

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1x06: A Touch of ClassNov 3, 2016
1x05: Food and ShoppingOct 27, 2016
1x04: The New CommutersOct 20, 2016
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