Following the opening of the Liverpool-Manchester railway in 1830, railway development proceeded world wide at a rapid pace.
The steam locomotive heralded this new form of transport virtually unchallenged until the middle of the 20th century, when new forms of power in the guide of diesel and electric traction began to hasten steam’s demise, particularity int he developed world.
During the 1980’s and 1990’s still developing countries were the only places where steam could still be seen working in any numbers.
Efforts were being made to capture on film and video this ‘endangers species’ of engineering before they disappeared into fading memory.
Lost Steam is one such effort covering 18 countries during steam’s latter years.
Running time – 1 hr 10 min.