Take a jour­ney through the five ages of steam trains in Bri­tain

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THE GOLDEN AGE — from the early works of the Vic­to­rian en­gi­neers to the first decade of the 20th cen­tury, when lo­co­mo­tive size would dou­ble and the rail­ways would reach their zenith. Code: DSTE1 THE JAZZ AGE — cov­ers the lo­co­mo­tives of the 1920s, when the rail­ways of Bri­tain formed four large com­pa­nies — the “Big 4”. Code: DSTE2 THE STREAMLINE AGE — ex­am­ines the im­pact of the fi­nan­cial cri­sis of the 1930s on Bri­tain’s rail­ways and the ur­gent need for fleet re­newal. Code: DSTE3 THE AUS­TER­ITY AGE — we look at the com­pa­nies which chased sim­pler and cheaper de­signs, as well as the most com­pli­cated and ex­pen­sive steam lo­co­mo­tives pro­duced by Oliver Bulleid. Code: DSTE4 THE STAN­DARD AGE — lack of in­vest­ment in elec­tric or diesel tech­nol­ogy in the na­tion­alised rail­way sys­tem meant steam con­tin­ued with the Stan­dard lo­co­mo­tives that soon were worn out and run down. Code: DSTE5

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