Former politician-turned-travel journalist Michael Portillo takes to the tracks around the British Isles, armed with a copy of the definitive 19th century Bradshaw railway guide, to see how life has changed over the years. Stopping off at busy city interchanges, commuter town stations and village request stops on country lines, Michael meets and chats to people with fascinating stories to tell of the heydeys of steam. The extensive government programme of closing loss-making routes in the 1960s left a skeleton railway system in its wake, but Michael discovers that there is still a community appetite to resurrect local heritage train services, alongside public demands for new high-speed intercity links.


Titre original
Great British Railway Journeys
30 min