Walking Britain's Lost Railways

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Walking Britain's Lost Railways
GenreDocumentary
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes6
Production
Running time48 minutes
Production company(s)Rumpus Media and Motion Content Group
Release
Original networkChannel 5
Picture format16:9 1080i
Audio formatStereo
Original release21 September (2018-09-21) –
26 October 2018 (2018-10-26)

Walking Britain's Lost Railways is a British documentary television series presented by Rob Bell that first aired on Channel 5 on 21 September 2018.

History[edit]

The premise of the programme was for the presenter Rob Bell to walk sections of British railways that were closed during the Beeching cuts of the early 1960s.[1][2] Walking along the six different closed routes the audience were shown both the lost history and current stories[3] that occurred along their tracks, and illustrated the railway mania that hit Victorian Britain.[4]

List of Episodes[edit]

Episode number Original date aired Episode information Viewing figure[5] Director Series Producer Executive Producer/s
1 21 September 2018 Rob walks the former line from Elgin to Portsoy, the Moray line which had originally served both the fishing and whiskey industries. The line was decommissioned in the 1960s and he visits the former station at Elgin which was built in 1858[6] and visits Lossiemouth on the Scottish Riviera and discovers about its former history as a whiskey and fishing port.[7] Rob goes onto kayak through Bow Fiddle Rock near Portknockie; wonder at the Spey Bridge in Newtonmore and the several glorious viaducts in Cullen; visit the Glenglassaugh distillery and view a boat race in Portsoy. 1.22m Adam Kaleta Christopher Bruce Melanie Darlaston / Fintan Maguire
2 28 September 2018 Rob starts his journey at the site of the former Sheffield Victoria station, travelling via the Woodhead line to Manchester Piccadilly station.[8] He travels along a remaining stretch of the line that serves Stocksbridge steelworks, visits a miniature railway at Wortley and explores the Woodhead tunnel now home to National Grid power cables.[9] He visits Thurgoland Tunnel where the sound effect of the tunnels shape is demonstrated by a saxophone playing scientist, and then rejoins another remaining section of the line at Hadfield and travels by rail to Manchester. 1.12m Adam Kaleta Christopher Bruce Melanie Darlaston / Fintan Maguire
3 5 October 2018 Rob starts his journey along the closed Dartmoor line by visiting a model maker who has recreated the Plymouth to Exeter line.[10] He visits Tavistock where he learns about Rabbit Pie, and the goes onto visit the Ambrosia Cream Rice factory to discover how the railway helped it expand. He travels along The Granite Way cycle route that now rides on part of the track beds. At Okehampton he meets the The Dartmoor Railway Association[11] who campaigned to re-open the line to Exeter. 1.28m Adam Kaleta Christopher Bruce Melanie Darlaston / Fintan Maguire
4 12 October 2018 In this episode Rob walks the former Penrith to Cockermouth line in Cumbria. Along the way he visits Keswick Station to discover colourful stories, hears about the tragic story of engineer Thomas Bouch, visits a former ore mine and tells story of the decline of the line by the advent of the motorcar with help from the Lakeland Motor Museum.[12][13] 1.12m Adam Kaleta Christopher Bruce Melanie Darlaston / Fintan Maguire
5 19 October 2018 Rob walks the former Somerset and Dorset line closed in 1966. He visits the start of the line in Burnham on Sea where he hears about its history from local historian John Strickland. Following the line through Highbridge across the Somerset Levels he discovers the complicated issues that engineers had to deal with when creating the railway and the high costs that were involved, including a 26-mile stretch that cost an equivalent £35 million today. At Glastonbury he meets Tor, a local guide who discusses the resurgent interest in Arthurian Legend.[14] He then visits the northern stretch to Bath through the Coombe Down Tunnel, UK's longest without intermediate ventilation which faced a tragic accident and is now part of a national cycle route.[15][16][4] 1.03m Adam Kaleta Christopher Bruce Melanie Darlaston / Fintan Maguire
6 26 October 2018 Rob walks along the former railway line between Ruabon and Barmouth in North Wales which had been a busy route prior to its closure in 1965. Along the way he visits the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct; canoes on Bala Lake and rides the Bala Lake Railway; hears the local sounds from a Harpist in Dolgellau and examines its history as a tourist line during the Victorian period.[17][18] 1.18m Adam Kaleta Christopher Bruce Melanie Darlaston / Fintan Maguire


References[edit]

  1. ^ "On the trail of Britain's lost railways - The Telegraph Horsford.S p.21 September 2018". Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  2. ^ "TV preview: From the brilliantly addictive Bodyguard to excruciatingly awkward Wanderlust - The Independent O'Grady.S p.14 September 2018".
  3. ^ "Walking the lost rail line from Sheffield to Manchester with TV's Rob Bell - The Star Blackledge.R p.26 September 2018". Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Burnham-On-Sea railway history to be featured on national TV show - Burnham-On-Sea.com p.19 October 2018".
  5. ^ "BARB Four-screen dashboard". Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  6. ^ "TV highlights from Saturday, September 15 - The Yellow Advertiser p.14 September 2018". Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Walking Britain's Lost Railways Series 1 Episode 1 Scotland - Radio Times". Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Walking Britain's Lost Railways Episode 2 Series 1 - Radio Times". Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Walking Britain's Lost Railways - Daily Telegraph p.28 September 2018". Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Walking Britain's Lost Railways Episode 3 Series 1 - Radio Times". Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  11. ^ "Dartmoor Railway to feature on Channel 5 - Railway Advent Holden.M p.20 September 2018". Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  12. ^ "Walking Britain's Lost Railways Episode 4 Series 1 - Radio Times". Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  13. ^ "Lakeland Motor Museum team to feature in TV's Walking Britain's Lost Railways - Cumbria Crack p.11 October 2018". Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  14. ^ "New Channel 5 series 'Walking Britain's Lost Railways' - torstourofthetor p.24 June 2018". Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  15. ^ "Walking Britain's Lost Railways Episode 5 Series 1 - Radio Times". Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  16. ^ "Walking Britain's Lost Railways - Inside Soap p.9 October 2018". Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  17. ^ "Walking Britain's Lost Railways Episode 6 Series 1 - Radio Times". Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  18. ^ "Walking Britain's Lost Railways - Daily Mail Weekend Magazine p.20 October 2018". Retrieved 3 December 2018.

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