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Walking Britain's Lost Railways   

Information
Series 1: 6x60 | HD | 2018
Production Company
Rumpus/Motion Content Group

From the 1960’s the axe fell on 4,000 miles of Britain’s rail network. Now, decades later, Rob Bell is going on journey to uncover those lost railway lines. Every week Rob will explore a different line; experiencing the hidden landscapes, lost infrastructure and forgotten worlds that disappeared when the line closed. He’ll experience how, once gone, the lost line affected the community, industry and lifestyle of the area. But Rob will also be celebrating the new life that’s been created, from the old railway stations that are now beautiful homes to restored signal boxes and the impressive heritage railways that have sprung up all over the country. Across the series we’ll see Britain in a new and surprising way; whether it is in rural Wales, the Lake District, or the north of Scotland.

Episode 6: Wales

Having hunted out the start of this now lost line in the overgrowth, Rob takes a memorable trip across the ‘Stream in the Sky’ at the breath-taking Pontcysyllte Aquaduct. Heading into town along the waterside through the grounds of the romantic residence of the Ladies of Llangollen, Rob meets the enthusiasts who have revived a remarkable 10 miles of stunning heritage railway line into Corwen.

Episode 3: Dartmoor

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 which has emerged since its closure.

Episode 1: Scotland

This episode takes Rob on a Scottish adventure along the old route from Elgin to Portsoy, a lost line which served the fishing and whisky industries and was so vital to the local communities. Rob wonders at the formidable Elgin station which still stands strong, before he tracks the line along the coast, sampling the whisky and fishing industries as he goes!