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The Age of the Train

Documentary about the Inter-City 125 train, which helped turn around British Rail's fortunes and was launched using a memorable advertising campaign fronted by Sir Jimmy Savile.

In 1976 a new high-speed train, the Inter-City 125, helped save British Rail, an unfashionable nationalised industry suffering from a financial crisis, industrial relations problems and a poor public image. The train was launched with the help of a memorable advertising campaign, fronted by Sir Jimmy Savile, which announced that the 1980s would be the 'age of the train'. BR had an energetic new boss, Sir Peter Parker, who was determined to revive the railways. The result was a typically British success story, full of surprises and setbacks, as this documentary shows.

1 hour

Last on

Sat 15 Sep 2012 22:40


Role Contributor
Producer Richard Taylor
Executive Producer Nicola Addyman
Executive Producer Nicola Addyman
Executive Producer Tony Parker
Executive Producer Tony Parker