Walking Britain's Lost Railways

Season 2
44:39

Season 2, Episode 6 - Scottish Borders

4.0 6 x
This time Rob's lost railway is rather different - because it might just come back. The Waverley Route, as it was known, ran south from Edinburgh for a hundred miles, through the Scottish Borders to Carlisle, connecting with what we now call the West Coast Main Line. When it closed in 1969, there was uproar.
Season 3
45:23

Season 3, Episode 8 - Northern Ireland

3.0 4 x
This final episode finds Rob exploring the lost railways of Northern Ireland - and there are many to choose from! Northern Ireland is only a little larger than the counties of Yorkshire, but it once boasted an incredible 1200 kilometres of railway. Two-thirds of that network has now vanished.
Season 2
45:07

Season 2, Episode 5 - Norfolk

4.0 1 x
From King’s Lynn to Great Yarmouth, this episode sees Rob in Norfolk, following a lost railway through some of the quietest parts of England, but also some of the richest country estates of all.
45:08

Season 2, Episode 4 - Royal Deeside

3.0 2 x
This episode sees Rob north of the Border in Aberdeenshire, following a railway that brought the eyes of the world, for the first time, to the Scottish Highlands. But it did it with the help of the original global megastar - Queen Victoria.
44:08

Season 2, Episode 3 - North Wales

3.0 3 x
Rob Bell travels to the north west corner of Wales to find lost railways that once powered the world’s greatest slate industry, and sealed our modern love of the Snowdonia scenery.
45:00

Season 2, Episode 2 - Durham

3.0 3 x
Rob turns the clock back to the very dawn of the railway age. Our modern railways were ‘born’ in the industrial heartlands of the North-East, where for over 150years, coal was king.
Season 3
44:28

Season 3, Episode 7 - Kent

4.5 14 x
This penultimate episode finds Rob in Kent, following a quiet, rural line that exploded into prominence during two world wars. The Elham Valley Railway once linked Canterbury to Folkestone, via the chalk downs of the 'Garden of England'.
Season 2
45:27

Season 2, Episode 1 - Derbyshire

4.0 1 x
This episode sees Rob in search of a remarkable railway line - one that cut an outrageous path through the dramatic hills and gorges of the Peak District. This was no branch line either, but an 1860s express route between London and Manchester.
Season 3
44:49

Season 3, Episode 6 - York

4.0 12 x
Rob is in Yorkshire on the trail of a man once known as the 'Railway King'. George Hudson rose from farming origins to become Lord Mayor of York, and the greatest railway builder of all. During the 'railway mania' of the 1840s, Hudson controlled almost a third of the country's rail network.
44:49

Season 3, Episode 5 - Cornwall

3.0 13 x
Rob delves further back in time than ever before to explore the copper mining that once dominated Cornwall. From north coast, to south coast, he follows Cornwall's first two railways, and discovers how the deep mines they served prompted the invention of the all-important steam engine.
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