SWANAGE Railway is to feature in a new BBC documentary about how railways radically changed society.
Presenter Dan Snow spent a day filming at the volunteer-run railway for the series Locomotion - Dan Snow’s History of Railways, starting on Tuesday, 15th January at 9pm on BBC 2.
The documentary series explores how primitive 18th century trackways for carrying coal carts developed into the driving force behind the Industrial Revolution and the railway system that we would recognise today.
The presenter enjoyed a footplate ride on a mighty 1940s express Bulleid Pacific class steam locomotive between Swanage, Harman's Cross, Corfe Castle and Norden Park & Ride.
Dan was able to experience the thrill and heat of the steam locomotive footplate thanks to railway volunteer driver Tony Hallworth who travels to Dorset from Cornwall to indulge his life-long passion for steam.