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Series 3 - World's Fastest Train


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A history of trains and the amazing developments that made the France's high-speed TGV possible, including the Japanese bullet train and Stephenson's record-breaking Rocket.

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Comments (11)

  • Chris Jacquier

    2 months ago

    Chris Jacquier

    I can't watch any more. Jem Whateverhisname did little research other than that which showed everything, apart from a few things invented in UK, to be invented abroad. Ok, AVGs and their predecessors may go faster but we care about newts and Deptford Pinks too much to allow all that outrageous speed. What about the low flyin owls that will have no time to avoid these, these awfully fast trains? What about the badgers burrowing in the banksides? Has no one told them?

  • Tony H

    1 year ago

    Tony H

    Shame this is not available on Demand 5. With all that was going on over the Bank Hol, ! didn't get around to watching/recording this episode. Hope it's repeated again sometime.

  • David Cook

    1 year ago

    David Cook

    Please stop referring to an A4 as a "train". It should be described as locomotive or engine (this also applies to diesel or electric locos also). A train is a set of wagons and/or carriages coupled together into a "train" formation. The locomotive becomes part of the train only when it is attached to the wagons/carriages, and should not be called a train when it is being described in isolation (in this case in the example of an A4, which is a class of steam locomotive).

  • Ron Jones

    over 1 year ago

    Ron Jones

    It is normal practice for the overhead catenary to effectively zigzag across the face of the pantograph head and it was not new to the TGV network. This applies to most overhead line systems to optimise the pantograph head wear and prevent damage to the head and contact wire.

  • Wavey Davey

    almost 2 years ago

    Wavey Davey

    Surely David Williams means the APT not ATP?

  • Mark Owen

    almost 2 years ago

    Mark Owen

    There's nothing new about pantagraphs and overhead connections, I sometimes drive Class 86 locos and they've been around since 1965.

  • mark owen

    almost 2 years ago

    mark owen

    there's nothing new with the pantagraph and overhead wire connections, I sometimes drive class 86 locos and they have been around since 1965

  • JordanB2710

    almost 2 years ago


    I guess they did credit us with the invention of railways and the show sets out to focus on engineering/design success and the lack of the ATP in service isn't much of one.

  • Kevin Petty

    almost 2 years ago

    Kevin Petty

    if it had not been for the forward thinking of Darlington MP Edward Pease none of this would of happened. Give credit to where it is due DARLINGTON to STOCKTON

  • David Williams

    almost 2 years ago

    David Williams

    Most of the technologies described in this program, and ascribed to French and Japanese engineers, were actually developed by Britsh engineers in the 1960's and demonstrated in the ATP project (see Wikipedia)....

  • David Williams

    almost 2 years ago

    David Williams

    Most of the technologies and developments described in this programme, and ascribed to French & Japanese engineers, was actually developed by British engineers in the 1960's, & demonstrated in the ATP project (see Wikipedia)....