Riding Britain's Railways

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Riding Britain's Railways
Tunnel Revolution
Episode 2  |  National Geographic  |  August 14, 2020

Host Dan Cruickshank follows the work of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the brilliant engineer of great originality who designed the Great Western Railway and the first transatlantic steamer. The magnificent steam locomotives of the Great Western Railway were a combination of elegance and raw power. Brunel dreamed of a fast, luxury, long-distance line and built stations to suit his enterprise, transforming the experience of railway travel. The Great Western Railway was just part of Brunel's steam-driven revolution. His passengers could travel all the way to America: from London to Bristol by train and then across the Atlantic by the largest steamship in the world. The construction of the Great Western Railway between Bristol and London was inspired by Brunel's vision to bring speed and comfort to the experience of travel.

Host Dan Cruickshank follows the work of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the brilliant engineer of great originality who designed the Great Western Railway and the first transatlantic steamer. The magnificent steam locomotives of the Great Western Railway were a combination of elegance and raw power. Brunel dreamed of a fast, luxury, long-distance line and built stations to suit his enterprise, transforming the experience of railway travel. The Great Western Railway was just part of Brunel's steam-driven revolution. His passengers could travel all the way to America: from London to Bristol by train and then across the Atlantic by the largest steamship in the world. The construction of the Great Western Railway between Bristol and London was inspired by Brunel's vision to bring speed and comfort to the experience of travel.

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