Walking Britain's Lost Railways

Season 2

Season 2, Episode 6 - Scottish Borders

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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 2, Episode 5 - Norfolk

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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.

Season 2, Episode 4 - Royal Deeside

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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.

Season 2, Episode 3 - North Wales

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Rob 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.

Season 2 Episode 2 - Durham

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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 2 Episode 1 - Derbyshire

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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 1 Episode 6 - Wales

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The lost line from Ruabon to Barmouth on the coast represents a sea change in how ordinary Victorian working families were granted affordable access to the strange new landscape and language of the beautiful Welsh heartlands.

Season 1 Episode 5 - Somerset And Dorset

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The story of the Somerset and Dorset line is one of investors, certain of the wealth they would generate, overcoming tremendous difficulties to build the line, only to find the landscape too punishing to avoid financial ruin.

Season 1 Episode 4 - The Lake District

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This is the story of a freight line, built to traverse the tricky landscape of the Lake District to transport minerals from the many Cumberland mines, but which later was embraced by tourists eager to explore the spectacular countryside. Rob begins his journey in Penrith Station, where he’s advised that the lost line begin...

Season 1 Episode 3 - Dartmoor

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Rob’s journey through Dartmoor from Plymouth to Exeter begins in unlikely surrounds: in the garage of model railway enthusiast Bruce Hunt. Bruce has meticulously recreated the beginning of this line in miniature, including a model of Rob himself, and explains how to trace the now lost line through the dense overgrowth whic...