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Railway building was a great achievement of the Victorian Age, but railways are complicated and hard to build. This show covers the process and the people involved in building these incredible pieces of engineering. Pt 1 of this episode covers;

  • The kinds of labourer & builders.

  • Surveying and risks to historic sites.

  • Wordsworth and the Lake District.

  • Acts of Parliament and politicians on the take.

  • Equipment troubles

  • The navigators; hard work for hard men.

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