|Steaming at Alresford on the Mid-Hants Railway Photo: Charles Moorhen|
Throughout every walk of life events happen which, when put together, create history. And so it is with Britain's railway network. Since George Stephenson's locomotive 'Rocket' rattled along the rails at the Rainhill Trials in October 1829, many of the events occurring on the railways have been recorded.
Ten people were arrested during the ensuing skirmish who, when released, were hailed as heroes by their fellow villagers.
Her first journey by train, from Windsor Castle to Buckingham Palace on the 13th June 1842, was not taken by personal choice but as a result of two assassination attempts two weeks earlier. Her advisors believed she would be less vulnerable in a railway carriage than in the traditional horse-drawn carriage.
On the footplate of the locomotive used for this trip was none other than the famous engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
As no railway company provided dedicated third-class carriages the unfortunate travellers rode in goods wagons completely open to the elements, sitting on backless wooden benches with holes drilled in the floor to allow the rainwater to escape.
The peak weekly rental charged by the London & North Eastern Railway (L&NER) was around £2. Since its coaches could take up to six holiday-makers, this was a bargain price when the cost was shared between individuals.
On one particular occasion the company was quick to make a profit.
Reports in newpapers soon reached the general public that gravestones were being ripped up and placed in piles; the bones of the dead being scattered on the ground. Perhaps the most deplorable act perpetrated by the railways builders was that others were being sold to local bone-mills to be ground up for fertilizer.
The slum dwellings that were on the site, where the station now stands, were demolished. The inhabitants were simply evicted - all 10,000 of them!
One of the most popular railway hotels was the 'Queen's' in Birmingham, opened by the London & North Western Railway in 1854. Some of the guests that came through its doors included Queen Victoria, General de Gaulle and Roy Rogers accompanied by his horse 'Trigger'.
Many people visited the hotel not only to spot the rich and famous, but to witness the hotel's famous barman, 'Flash' Battersby, at work. Battersby was able to slide a drink along 6 metres (20ft) of bar top, bringing it to a stop directly in front of the customer in question!
When the famous piano-playing entertainer Liberace arrived at Waterloo in 1956, he was met by thousands of fans who had laid a carpet of pink paper rose petals along the platform in his honour.
Following information received, Inspector Tanner of Scotland Yard quickly established robbery as the motive for the murder, and a likely suspect was named - Franz Muller.
Returned to England, Franz Muller stood trial at the Old Bailey on 27th October 1864 for the murder of Thomas Briggs. Found guilty, Muller was publicly hanged on 14th November 1864 outside the walls of London's Newgate Prison, in front of an estimated crowd of 50,000 people.
However, with the outbreak of WW1, this situation changed drastically. To offset the shortage of men, women were employed to undertake jobs previously denied to them.
By the end of WW1 there were no fewer than 55,000 women working on the railways.
A selection of railway videos from 'Along These Tracks'
UK Railways - Banbury Trains 16 June 2014 Video
UK Railways - Trains at Gravesend March 2014 Video
UK Railways - Class 321 and 319 EMUs at Northampton 1999
UK Railways - Freight Through Northampton May 1999 Video
UK Railways - Class 58018 Heading a Ballast Train at Finedon
UK Railways - Banbury Trains at Night Video
UK Railways - Trains at Basingstoke Station 12 August 2013
UK Railways - 375 and 395 EMU's at Martin Mill and Ashford International
UK Railways - Freight Trains Through Northampton May 2013
UK Railways - Virgin Pendolinos Through Bletchley May 2013
UK Railways - Class 350 Desiro EMU Trains at Northampton May 2013
UK Railways - Class 390 Virgin Pendolinos Through Wolverton 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 350 'London Midland' EMU's at Wolverton 2013 Video
UK Railways - Chiltern Railways, First Great Western, XCountry DMU's at Banbury 2013
UK Railways - Class 222 Trains DMU's at Wellingborough Apr 2013
UK Railways - Class 43 IC125 Trains at Wellingborough Apr 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 222 Trains, DMU's, at Wellingborough Apr 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 321 EMU Snakes into Bletchley Sidings 1990's
UK Railways - Class 321 & 350 EMU's at Wolverton Video
UK Railways - Class 321 Network South East leaves Bletchley Video
UK Railways - Class 321 Silverlink Trains EMU leaves Wolverton Video
UK Railways - Class 325 Royal Mail EMU Passes through Rugby Video
UK Railways - Class 350 127 EMU Passes through Rugby Video
UK Railways - Class 321 418 Silverlink EMU at Wolverton
UK Railways - Class 60 015 Diesel Locomotive approaches Wolverton
UK Railways - Virgin Pendolino Class 390 041 EMU at Rugby Video