For generations, railways have been connecting communities, powering progress and changing lives.
In fact, from the early steam engines of the 19th century right through to the high-speed rail networks of today, trains have long found themselves at the centre of our daily lives.
For industry, they transport the products, services and freight needed to do business. In towns and cities, they connect parents, children, friends and family. And at times of crisis, they can help ensure aid and relief reach those most in need.
Yet, every train ride requires a track. A way to link A to B and back again. For the iron used to create those tracks, the journey actually began much earlier - as iron rich ore deep inside the Earth’s crust.