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The Railway: First Great Western

  • Season 2
  • 4 episodes
  • Education

Summary

Documentary following the work of the train operating company's drivers, managers, ticket inspectors and technicians.

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Episode 2: Back on Track

Summary

As rugby union's Six Nations Championship kicks off in Cardiff, train manager Jodie Edwards and her team try to get thousands of fans home after the match. Penzance in Cornwall remains shut off from the rest of the network as engineers work around the clock to get services running through Dawlish, where the line was washed away, while new duty manager Joe has his hands full on his first Saturday night shift at London's Paddington station when the last Wales-bound train of the evening has a problem.
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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

After last week’s apocalyptic opening episode, when the First Great Railway network became the Last Lesser Railway after the winter’s appalling floods brought chaos, things settle down to more mundane levels.

Emergency timetabling means that the Reading station duty manager has to deal with some very cross people who can’t get to Twyford (come on, you’d be angry too if you couldn’t get to Twyford). And at a depot, an engineer can’t get a train’s windscreen wiper to work, which sounds paltry but can put a train out of action.

But for logistics lovers, there’s a whole delightful sequence showing how trains stranded by the severed line in Devon are taken to London – by road.

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DirectorMatthew Grosch
DirectorJonathan Hanney
DirectorDylan Tweddle
DirectorJoseph Hassell
ProducerMatthew Grosch
ProducerJonathan Hanney
ProducerDylan Tweddle
ProducerJoseph Hassell
Series producerGill Hennessey

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  • Episode 2

    Back on Track

    - , Yesterday

    Summary

    As rugby union's Six Nations Championship kicks off in Cardiff, train manager Jodie Edwards and her team try to get thousands of fans home after the match. Penzance in Cornwall remains shut off from the rest of the network as engineers work around the clock to get services running through Dawlish, where the line was washed away, while new duty manager Joe has his hands full on his first Saturday night shift at London's Paddington station when the last Wales-bound train of the evening has a problem.
    Recommended

    Review

    Rating: 3 out of 5.

    After last week’s apocalyptic opening episode, when the First Great Railway network became the Last Lesser Railway after the winter’s appalling floods brought chaos, things settle down to more mundane levels.

    Emergency timetabling means that the Reading station duty manager has to deal with some very cross people who can’t get to Twyford (come on, you’d be angry too if you couldn’t get to Twyford). And at a depot, an engineer can’t get a train’s windscreen wiper to work, which sounds paltry but can put a train out of action.

    But for logistics lovers, there’s a whole delightful sequence showing how trains stranded by the severed line in Devon are taken to London – by road.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour | HD | SUB | WIDE

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorMatthew Grosch
    DirectorJonathan Hanney
    DirectorDylan Tweddle
    DirectorJoseph Hassell
    ProducerMatthew Grosch
    ProducerJonathan Hanney
    ProducerDylan Tweddle
    ProducerJoseph Hassell
    Series producerGill Hennessey
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