This 2 DVD set comprises ten programmes each of half an hour's duration and was first aired on Discovery. It traces the history of the British railway system from Richard Trevithick at the beginning of the 19th century to Eurostar at the beginning of the 21st. Mark Williams (perhaps best known as Ron Weasley's father in the Harry Potter films) is clearly very keen on his subject, but at the same time he pitches his narrative at just the right level, neither too technical nor patronising.
The DVDs have no subtitles that I can find, and the only extras are a few (slightly nerdy) pictures of our presemnter in various poses with locomotives. Apart from that, it's an interesting chronological journey through the oldest railway system in the world. One programme looks at railways in the USA and there are passing references to Swiss mountain railways and the world famous Orient Express.
The final two programmes deal with the development of London's railway system, mostly the Underground but also the DLR and the move from steam to diesel and electric power from the 1950s onwards, with implied regret at the passing of the "romantic" age of steam.
A worthwhile investment for anyone interested in the history of the railway system in Britain and, to a lesser extent, our industrial heritage.