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Steam Days | Going Great Western

Visit the Cornish and Devon Riviera on the Great Western Railway.

CHANNEL | BBC 2

FIRST BROADCAST | 05 August 1986

DURATION | 29 minutes 29 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1986

Synopsis

Miles Kington explores the line laid from Bristol to Exeter by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and then travels through south Devon in all its glory. The enormous task facing Brunel in the design and construction of the Royal Albert Bridge is considered. Perhaps less well known is the impact of the railway line and the rail company on promoting tourism in the Edwardian golden age of British seaside resorts.

Did you know?

The locomotive Hagley Hall 4930 was built in 1929 and clocked up almost 1.3 million miles of service before it was withdrawn from the network in 1966. It is now housed by the Severn Valley Railway. The locomotive Drysllwyn Castle 5051 was built in 1936 and withdrawn in 1963 after 1.5 million miles of service. It is occasionally known as Earl Bathurst.

Contributors

Presenter
Caroline Parsons
Contributor
Peter Semmens
Contributor
Composer
Producer
Producer

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