The Architecture The Railways Built

The Architecture The Railways Built catch up

Season 1

Season 1, Episode 10 - Swindon

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Tim visits Swindon, home of the Great Western Railway’s enormous works; at their peak, they were producing three locomotives a week. But when the GWR had arrived in the 1840s, Swindon was a tiny small place with 1200 inhabitants. But Brunel’s thousands of workers needed somewhere to live - so he built them a railway villag...

Season 1, Episode 9 - Stockton Darlington

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Tim visits the site of the world’s first passenger steam line, the Stockton and Darlington Railway in the north east of England. Tim spends time in Shildon, where thousands of railway workers lived, and from where Stephenson’s Locomotion Number 1 started its maiden journey.

Season 1, Episode 8 - Broadway

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Tim is shown around the former headquarters of London Underground, 55 Broadway. It was built in the late 1920s and, with 14 storeys, became the first skyscraper in London. Also incorporating St James’ Park tube station, the building’s modernist style was designed to give London Underground workers a beautiful place to work...

Season 1, Episode 7 - Snowdown

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Tim Dunn explores arguably the most unusual location for railway architecture in the UK - right at the summit of Mount Snowdon. At the top of the mountain railway, he’s given a guided tour of the station and visitor centre by the architect who designed it.

Season 1, Episode 6 - St. Pancras

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Tim Dunn explores St Pancras station with the woman in charge of looking after the heritage of this ornate building. Designed to show off the might of the Midland Railway Company, it’s constructed with materials from the Midlands - bricks from Nottingham, iron from Derby, and tiles from Stoke.

Season 1, Episode 5 - Metroland

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Tim follows his family’s roots by exploring the architecture of Metroland – the area around the Metropolitan Railway running from Baker Street in central London out to the north west through Middlesex, Hertfordshire, and into Buckinghamshire. The railway company cleverly bought the land either side of the line and then bui...

Season 1, Episode 4 - Ribblehead

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Tim visits the magnificent Ribblehead Viaduct in the Yorkshire Dales and speaks to the man who saved it from closure. It’s the most impressive structure on the Settle to Carlisle line, which runs through some of England’s most stunning scenery. It’s a line with a strong corporate identity and Tim sees a number of its beaut...

Season 1, Episode 3 - Kings Cross

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Tim Dunn goes behind the scenes at London’s Kings Cross station - and there’s masses to see. In the original brick engine shed, he learns about the heritage of this incredible listed building and the complications of added a brand-new extension. He’s shown hidden features most people wouldn’t notice and gets to go to parts...

Season 1, Episode 2 - Ffestiniog

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Tim Dunn visits one of his favourite railway lines, the Ffestiniog in north Wales. Originally built in the 1830s to transport slate down the mountains to the coast, these days it's a tourist line - but it's filled with hidden architecture.

Season 1, Episode 1 - Down Street

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Tim Dunn goes deep underground in central London to explore a disused tube station that played a crucial tactical role during the Second World War. Down Street station in Mayfair opened in 1907 but closed after just 25 years because of low passenger numbers. However, when war broke out, it became the secret base of the exe...