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Amsterdam to Northern France Part 1

Michael Portillo continues his railway adventure which takes him across the heart of Europe. Steered by his 1913 railway guide, Michael journeys through a prosperous pre-war Europe of emperors, kings, pomp and elegance. He experiences the dazzling cities of the pre-war Low Countries and tastes the delicacies of Brussels before travelling to the French sector of the western front where, from 1914, the trains carried a new cargo of artillery shells, and the Edwardian tourists of 1913 were replaced by soldiers facing the horrors of the trenches.

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30 minutes

Last on

Tue 17 Feb 2015 19:30


Role Contributor
PresenterMichael Portillo

Steam Railways Collection

Steam Train

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