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The Holiday Line

First transmitted in 1988, the Waterloo to Exmouth train route became very popular with holiday makers after World War Two. Rail enthusiast Barry Smith retakes this journey.

First transmitted in 1988, the Waterloo to Exmouth train route became very popular after World War Two, with enthusiastic passengers keen to embark on self-planned expeditions in the more rural climes of Exmouth. Railway enthusiast Barry Smith was one such passenger who travelled along this route on the 'ACE', the Atlantic Coast Express, during his childhood. In this episode, Barry retakes the journey in the hope of rekindling his boyhood enthusiasm for this once popular railway route. En route Barry comments on the dramatic changes that have taken place since the age of steam.

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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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Broadcasts

  • Tue 29 Nov 1988 20:00
  • Wed 1 Aug 1990 13:50
  • Sun 20 Oct 1991 08:40
  • Sun 25 Jul 1993 23:05

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