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Exmouth to Newton Abbot

Michael Portillo takes to the tracks with his copy of Bradshaw's Victorian railway guidebook. In a series of railway journeys, Portillo travels the length and breadth of the British Isles to see what of Bradshaw's World remains. Michael follows in the footsteps of the master engineer of the Great Western Railway, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, beginning at the line's London gateway, Paddington Station and ending in Newton Abbot, Devon, the scene of one of Brunel's heroic failures. Michael takes to sea with the heroes of the RNLI, visits a stormy coastal railway and has a close personal encounter with his boyhood hero.

Release date:

29 minutes

Last on

Tue 30 Jun 2015 19:30

Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterMichael Portillo
Series ProducerMichelle Heeley
DirectorDave Minchin

Steam Railways

Steam Train

A collection of programmes from the BBC archives on the beauty of steam locomotives.