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Mark Williams on the Rails [DVD]

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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Simply Media
  • DVD Release Date: 14 May 2012
  • Run Time: 210 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002PC2G8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,359 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

A collection of all ten episodes from the acclaimed Discovery Channel series celebrating 200 years of railways.

Travelling the length and breadth of Britain Mark Williams tracks down the nation's fascinating railway heritage and gets to grips with locos such as the 160 ton Duchess of Sutherland. From the earliest designs of Richard Trevithick and George and Robert Stephenson to the advent of Class 31, the history is all here! Also revealed are the backgrounds to The London Underground and the evolution of railway coaches.

Exclusive Footage: Mark tackles the issue of safety on the rails and how today's rail companies are dealing with faster and more powerful trains while allaying the public's growing fear of safety. Visit America's Transcontinental Railroad and sample the luxury of The Orient Express!



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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Today I have mostly been looking at locomotives 30 Jan 2005
Format:DVD
This is a very entertaining history of the last 200 years or so of the railways. In roughly chronolgical order, the series covers everything that anybody with a passing interest may want to know. Mark Williams is an amiable presenter and neither patronises or assumes knowledge in the viewer. His obvious fondness of everything rail comes across in an entirely unthreatening(i.e. not worryingly nerdish) way. "On the Rails" will, in my opinion, appeal to those generally interested in British history - because this is largely a tale of innovation in Great Britain - and those or with a genuine curiosity of the subject.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars On the Rails 13 April 2010
By bob3mm
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
An interesting DVD for anyone interested in railways, Mark injects his own unique humour into an otherwise dry subject. His keen interest in railways and more especially steam is very apparent and sometimes he comes over as a boy with a new toy!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 17 Jun 2005
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This series is all about the history of trains, starting back with richard trevithick, 200 years ago. Its an essential for all railway enthusiasts!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Train Mad about this one. 25 Feb 2009
Format:DVD
This series I caught a few times on Foxtel and was amazed with the information that was packed into it.

I just love the history of trains and have watched this show a few time over. Well worth the money.

Thanks Amazon
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for the railway enthusiast 6 July 2010
Format:DVD
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 6 Oct 2009
Format:DVD
A very entertaining series - interesting, informative and well presented. Can't say much more than that!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT BRITISH ECCENTRIC 2 Nov 2009
By Atha
Format:DVD
A NICE TOUCH OF HONEST JOUNALISM - THATS HOW IT COMES ACROSS AND ITS VERY REFRESHING.
I SAW ALL OF HIS PROGRAMMES ON RAILWAYS & TRAINS DECIDING AFTERWARDS TO BUY THE DVDS AS A CHRISTMAS GIFT. IT ARRIVED IN 2 DAYS AND I CANT STOP WATCHING THEM.
IF THERE'S ONE CRITICISM I HAVE IS THE ABSENCE OF 'MALLARDS' RECORD BREAKING SPEED RECORD BUT HE MENTIONS 'JUBILEE' SEVERAL TIMES (SAME LOCO TYPE) AND REVEALS A HIDDEN UNKNOWN ABOUT IT.
HE OBVIOUSLY FAVOURS GWR AND LMR OVER THE LNER/GNER AS THE EAST COAST ISNT MENTIONED MUCH. PITY HE DIDNT COVER THE FACT THAT LNER DID MUCH FOR THE WAR EFFORT IN TROOP MOVEMENTS - FAR IN EXCESS OF THE OTHERS, BUT ITS A SMALL OBSERVATION AND DOESN'T LESSEN THE ENJOYMENT OF THE EXCELLENT PROGRAMMES ON OFFER.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting and entertaining 16 Feb 2013
By L. Gunn
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I bought this as a gift for my husband as he'd enjoyed some of these episodes on TV but I really enjoy them too as they're done very well and the guys enthusiasm is very infectious.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Gift so hope it was good
Published 1 month ago by blondlie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very pleased to find this as I lost my previous copy and it is not always available.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs C J Stobbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Collectors Item
Perfect service, thank you.
This early example of a real dyed-in-the-wool enthusiast is worth a place in your collection.
He radiates enthusiasm.
Published 6 months ago by Uncle John
5.0 out of 5 stars for train fanatics
son has the same interests as Mark Williams. likes trains, mechanics and anything on the geographic/history channel. this was ideal
Published 8 months ago by jan
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
Gift for my nephew. He was very pleased with it, just the DVD he wanted. Thank you
Good packaging and quick service
I have not seen the DVD
Published 12 months ago by Emma
4.0 out of 5 stars Great series
Good fun and very informative. Mark Williams gives all the facts with humour and great deal of enthusiasm. A good buy.
Published on 27 Aug 2012 by CSG
5.0 out of 5 stars On the Rails - Fantastic
Mark Williams is a superb and enthusiastic presenter - this DVD series is exceptional showing and explaining the British creativity and ingenuity of developing steam power and the... Read more
Published on 7 Jan 2011 by Dionysuss
5.0 out of 5 stars On the Rails
I saw this on Quest TV, and just had to get the DVD. Superbly and wittily presented by Mark Williams, who is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the subject. Read more
Published on 13 Aug 2010 by M. R. de Mowbray
5.0 out of 5 stars On the Rails,with Mark Williams
Great DVD with Mark Williams, about how the steam loco's and trains were first invented, it was 'Mr Richard Trevithick' in 1800's who was applying practical uses for steam powered... Read more
Published on 1 Aug 2010 by D. Weaver
5.0 out of 5 stars Mark Williams On The Rails [DVD]
An excellent documentary series following the history of the British Railways. It's both interesting and amusing and follows the development of railways from the first pit engines... Read more
Published on 21 April 2010 by Johnny English
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