The third programme in a six-part series exploring the legacy of the Industrial Revolution.
`In 1750, transport was as basic as it had been during the time of the Romans. Less than 100 years later, Britain was the hub of locomotion on which the world turned. Dan Cruickshank discovers how it happened and who was responsible: John Loudon MacAdam gave Britain her first decent roads; James Brindley died of exhaustion building his legacy, a canal network that allowed millions of tons of goods to be moved cheaply; mechanical engineers looked for ways to supercede the horse using the power of steam; Richard Trevithick, the unknown genius, invented the first automobile and railway locomotive; George Stephenson who knew how to sell steam power to the world heralded the railway age with his locomotive, `Rocket' and secured Britain's place at the centre of the modern industrial world.' [Open University Worldwide].