A rail revolution: Dan Snow on the meteoric rise of British railways

Dan Snow talks to Rob Attar about how the ground-breaking rise of the railways reshaped British society and ultimately undermined the empire

An illustration from 'A Picture History of Railways' by C Hamilton Ellis, showing a filled wagon and a horse on a railway line. Railways were originally intended to move goods. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the January 2013 issue of BBC History Magazine

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