Steam Days - Going Great Western

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.

The locomotive Hagley Hall 4930 was built in 1929 and clocked up almost 1.3 million miles of service before it was withdrawn from the network in 1966.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 The locomotive Drysllwyn Castle 5051 was built in 1936 and withdrawn in 1963 after 1.5 million miles of service.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.

↗ Originally broadcast 5 August 1986.

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