Episodes

Episode 1

Power & Empire: The Great Arteries

One of the great advances of the 19th Century, the railways were a tool of empire. How did the Victorians use them to expand their influence?

Episode 2

The Great Workhorses: Trains That Move Loads

From the Channel Tunnel to carrying iron ore in the Australian Outback, experts discuss the history and the future of freight trains.

Episode 3

Express Trains That Link Cities

Intended as an efficient, economical way of moving freight, the emergence of express trains revolutionised society with the demand for fast travel.

Episode 4

The Commute: Trains That Make Cities

The world's 10 busiest metro systems carry more than 22 billion passengers every year. How has the train commute shaped cities - and changed the world?

Episode 5

Trains & War: Weapons & Logistics

As weapons and transport, trains transformed the battlefield - from huge railway guns and hospital trains to those taking victims to death camps.

Episode 6

The Love Of Trains: Power, Prestige & Romance

Trains have changed the way people see the world - and each other. What is it that makes them so special?