|The British Steam Index Volume 2
Freight - particularly coal, ore and steel was the lifeblood of Britain's railways until the development of a comprehensive road network and the decline of traditional heavy industry. Many thousands of tons of bulk commodities needed big engines - lots of them. Speed didn't matter, but haulage capacity did.
A surprising number of heavy freight engines have survived into preservation, and a good selection appear in this programme.
Duration 60 minutes