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The Fishing Line

First transmitted in 1986, Miles Kington travels across the western Highlands on one of the most picturesque railways in Britain, from Fort William to Mallaig.

First transmitted in 1986, Miles Kington experiences the power of a London, Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS) Stanier 'Black Five' on a journey from Fort William across the western Highlands via Glenfinnan to Mallaig.

While observing breathtaking scenery and stunning engineering achievements, including Glenfinnan viaduct, Kington uncovers what the West Highland Line meant to the traditional crofting communities that had been devastated by the Highland clearances.

29 minutes

Last on

Tue 23 Dec 2008 11:00

BBC Four Steam Railways Collection

BBC Four Steam Railways Collection

This programme is part of a collection of programmes celebrating Britain’s extraordinary Steam Railway legacy.


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More about this programme

The 21-arch Glenfinnan viaduct has always been an engineering marvel. It has attracted a different kind of fame more recently due to its appearance in the Harry Potter films, when the Hogwarts Express steams across it towards the school of witchcraft and wizardry.

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Producer Neil Cameron


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