Smokin’ Heritage.

By Mark Andrews

British Heritage. January 2011

The Best of the Great British Steam Trains

The semaphore signal clunks down. A long whistle comes from the locomotive. Steam gushes from the cylinders as wheels feel for grip. Smoke envelopes the footbridge as the first train of the morning slowly makes its way from the station.

This is very much the romanticized image of a steam train, whose species used to race through the British countryside. That they contributed heavily to the grime and pollution of industrial cities tends to be forgotten.

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