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The Architecture the Railways Built

  • 2020
  • Season 1
  • 10 episodes
  • Documentary and factual

Summary

Railway expert Tim Dunn visits stations, viaducts, signal boxes, tunnels, pedestrian passages and workshops among other stunning structures that owe their existence to the railway.

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Episode 6: The Architecture the Railways Built

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Tim Dunn explores St Pancras station in London and its sister hotel - built to show off the might of the Midlands, and learns about Castle Howard station in North Yorkshire

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Historian Tim Dunn visits his favourite railway station, the glorious Victorian Gothic chocolate cake that is St Pancras in London.

The child of architect George Gilbert Scott and engineer William Henry Barlow, its future was once under grave threat and only the intervention of railway fan John Betjeman saved it just days before the bulldozers were due to move in when the station was given Grade 1 Listed status.

A delighted, if a bit dizzy, Dunn is taken aloft up a very long spiral staircase to view St Pancras’s gracefully arched roof and later sees just some of the building’s glorious features, including gorgeous Minton tiles and some elaborate ironwork.

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