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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 08 - Travelling Post Offices - Tony Francis explores the rise and fall of the railway network's travelling post offices, immortalised by WH Auden's Night Mail and the Great Train Robbery.
In 2004 the last ever Travelling Post Office – a TPO – was shunted into the sidings. The days of men sorting the mail as their train whistled through the night were over. We join a group of enthusiasts keeping those days alive, by reliving the ‘catch and drop’, as the cradle was placed out for onrushing steam trains to grab the mail as they sped by.
Original Air Date: ITV 2005
Recorded: Discovery Real Time+1 Saturday 31 January 2009 10:30pm
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