Railways Restored is a fascinating series, focusing on the lines at the forefront of steam preservation; featuring unrivalled collections of steam locomotives, coaches and wagons, seen in action up and down the line, complemented by beautifully restored stations. These programmes go behind the scenes, exploring the history and current operation of the railway.
Severn Valley Railway
For 16 miles, the Severn Valley Railway follows Britain`s longest River, linking gentle countryside and historic towns which are steeped in the relics of our industrial past. From the new Victorian style station at Kidderminster , the programme journeys north, using the line's steam locomotives, including the Great Marquess, aK4 class loco. Along the way the visitor can see traditional crafts, such as carpet, rope and clay pipe making. There are also superb stations and viaducts, as well as the ferry at Hampton Loade, a waterwheel at Daniels Mill and the picturesque River Severn itself. At journey's end in Bridgenorth, there is a tour of the ancient town and a chance to see the Midland motor museum, before going on to the world famous heritage site at Ironbridge.
Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
In the heart of West Yorkshire, The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway possesses an impressive catalogue of steam locomotives. During the year the Railway holds a variety of special events. This Programme follows the events that took place at an Enthusiast Weekend one spring. It also provides a fascinating insight into the operation of a preserved railway and features the inaugural running of the last fully restored `Jinty` No 47279.The programme also includes World War II veteran USA `S160` class 2-8-0 No. 5820, the 100 year old foundry 0-6-0 Well Tank `Bellerophon` plus a variety of steam and diesel Locomotives, plus the award winning stations of Oakworth and Damens.
North Yorkshire Moors
To travel on the Noth Yorkshire Moors Railway, through the very heart of the National Park, is one of Britians finest Railway experiences, along a line which for more than 150 years has stood tribute to the engineering skills of George Stephenson. War department tender locomotive `Dame Vera Lynn` and No. 80135 are captured in action before joining the Lamborn Tank No. 5 as she travels the steep climb to Goathland. Historic trains, delightful villages and stations, and stunning scenery all combine to make the North Yorkshire Moors Railway an unforgettable experience.
The Paignton & Dartmouth Railway
The Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway is the Classic holiday line, with steam trains running for seven miles along the spectacular Torbay coast; this is a typical West Country Branch Line which revives all the atmosphere of the Great Western Railways. From Brunel`s terminus at Kingswear, Lydham Manor climbs from the banks of the River Dart through deeply wooded hillside to Churston, followed by a descent of the Torbay Coast. There are magnificent views over the Dart Estuary and superb seascapes right across Lyme Bay to Portland Bill. There is also time to visit the olde world town of Dartmouth and other attractions along the Line.
West Somerset Railway
With 22 miles of track, the West Somerset Railway is the longest in the British preservation. From Minehead Bay, this line winds up between the Brendon and Quantock Hills, serving each of the ten beautifully restored Stations, capturing their own unique character. The Programme explores the many attractions which are found along the the way including the Exmoor National Park Local Village, Dunster Castle, Cleeve Abbey, Coombe Sydenham country Park, animal centers and cruises by motorship. With the Mayday Steam Gala, and the August Steam Fayre there is plenty of action up and down the line.
The Bluebell Railway
The Bluebell Railway was Britain`s first standard gauge, passenger, preserved railway. After 35 years this outstanding line, set deep in the Mid-Sussex countryside is still at the forefront of steam preservation movement. Beautifully restored stations are complemented by an unrivalled collection of steam locomotives, coaches and wagons. Many of these are seen in action up and down the line, while one of the worlds most glamorous and luxurious trains is recreated in the Golden Arrow Pullman. Behind the scenes, the programme explores the history and the current operation of the railway, and there is also time to visit the National Trust properties at Sheffield Park and Wakehurst Place as well as many other attractions in the immediate area.