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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 3: Pushed to the Limit

Summary

Cheltenham Spa station manager Richard Morrish braces himself for a hectic four days with the two-platform station used by more than 60,000 horse racing fans during the Cheltenham Festival. Just as the mainline at Dawlish is about to be reopened after being washed away in the winter storms, a crack is discovered in the sandstone cliffs two miles down the line and a landslide threatens to engulf the tracks. Conductor Jameil and driver Gary have to react quickly on the Reading to Gatwick service when a pedestrian takes a perilous short cut.
Recommended

Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

A woman calls First Great Western railway’s customer services department in Plymouth with a complaint: “She said there were smelly people next to her in first class, and one of them yawned and didn’t cover his mouth.” It’s hard not to feel sorry for the backroom people who have to listen to these groans, and to FGW’s Twitter team who are routinely sworn at.

Though save some pity for the staff at tiny Cheltenham Spa station during Gold Cup week as hordes of “refreshed” men and women roll up, some of whom think it’s absolutely hilarious to bark “CHELTENUUUM” into the camera lens. It’s a Hogarthian nightmare that eventually involves the police, who have to haul out the hammered.

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Credits

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rolename
DirectorMatthew Grosch
DirectorJonathan Hanney
DirectorDylan Tweddle
DirectorElliot Kew
DirectorTim Williams
ProducerMatthew Grosch
ProducerJonathan Hanney
ProducerDylan Tweddle
ProducerElliot Kew
ProducerTim Williams
Series producerGill Hennessey

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  • Episode 3

    Pushed to the Limit

    - , Yesterday

    Summary

    Cheltenham Spa station manager Richard Morrish braces himself for a hectic four days with the two-platform station used by more than 60,000 horse racing fans during the Cheltenham Festival. Just as the mainline at Dawlish is about to be reopened after being washed away in the winter storms, a crack is discovered in the sandstone cliffs two miles down the line and a landslide threatens to engulf the tracks. Conductor Jameil and driver Gary have to react quickly on the Reading to Gatwick service when a pedestrian takes a perilous short cut.
    Recommended

    Review

    Rating: 3 out of 5.

    A woman calls First Great Western railway’s customer services department in Plymouth with a complaint: “She said there were smelly people next to her in first class, and one of them yawned and didn’t cover his mouth.” It’s hard not to feel sorry for the backroom people who have to listen to these groans, and to FGW’s Twitter team who are routinely sworn at.

    Though save some pity for the staff at tiny Cheltenham Spa station during Gold Cup week as hordes of “refreshed” men and women roll up, some of whom think it’s absolutely hilarious to bark “CHELTENUUUM” into the camera lens. It’s a Hogarthian nightmare that eventually involves the police, who have to haul out the hammered.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour | HD | SUB | WIDE

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorMatthew Grosch
    DirectorJonathan Hanney
    DirectorDylan Tweddle
    DirectorElliot Kew
    DirectorTim Williams
    ProducerMatthew Grosch
    ProducerJonathan Hanney
    ProducerDylan Tweddle
    ProducerElliot Kew
    ProducerTim Williams
    Series producerGill Hennessey
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