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Series Synopsis: What an exciting new series this proved to be. From Inner Mongolia to the High Peak in Staffordshire, we followed the people whose lives are inextricably linked to the railway. Trainspotters, travellers, guards, drivers and those who live in renovated stations – they all came under the spotlight.
The series includes vintage steam locos and Richard Branson’s 125 mph Pendolinos. We even travel overland through Siberia to locate Stalin’s ‘Lost Railway’ which was built on 100 miles of permafrost and never used.
We also accompanied a packet of smoked salmon on its unique weekly journey from the smokehouse to the restaurant via the picturesque Heart of Wales line, where trains have to be flagged down.
Later we followed Bob’s family and friends to Poland, where they celebrate his 65th birthday by learning to drive steam engines on the only commercial line still operating in Europe.
Synopsis: Episode 05 - Asparagus - Tony Francis continues his exploration of the railways of the Midlands, jumping aboard the East Coast Mainline to see silver service at speed, and learning how fresh Worcestershire asparagus was once transported across the UK by rail.
Original Air Date: ITV 2005
Recorded: Discovery Real Time Thursday 12 February 2009 9:00am
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