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The Railway: Keeping Britain on Track
E2 of 6
Series 1 - Episode 2
Thu 25 Jan 11am - 12pm
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“It would be the greatest job in the world,” notes train driver Jason drily, before adding after a pause, “if we didn’t have any passengers.” Jason is one of several enjoyable characters working this week’s railway beat (West Yorkshire) and coping with the many ways passengers make life harder.
We see staff peeling drunks off the platforms, shepherding rowdy pub-
crawlers, policing English Defence League demonstrators and coping with the fallout when floods swamp the system. It’s full of enjoyable moments, but one awful scene, too, as British Transport Police officer Craig goes to tell a night worker that her teenage son has been killed on the tracks.
Summer brings a number of challenges for staff working at Leeds station, with binge drinkers, cable thieves and trespassers all threatening to delay the trains. A teenager is killed while walking on the track and British Transport Police officer Craig has to break the news to the boy's mother, while torrential rain brings the network to a standstill. With hefty fines for every minute of delay, just 24 hours of flooding costs the industry more than £1million and ruins thousands of passengers' days. Kevin Whately narrates.
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