The Railway: First Great Western

The Railway: First Great Western

Series 1 - Episode 2



It’s summer and the small, neat railway station of Castle Cary, lying in the middle of nowhere in the rolling Somerset countryside, is awash with young people clutching tents and backpacks. Castle Cary is the nearest station to Glastonbury and First Great Western deposited 100,000 festival-goers there last June.

The FGW line to the South West is a gateway to vast numbers of summer holidays too, as passengers head to Cornwall. More than 1,000 passengers an hour use the tiny, pretty St Ives branch line. It’s a single track with no passing places so things have to go smoothly, particularly when the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive for a royal visit.


Staff have to deal with more than 100,000 festival-goers travelling to Glastonbury by rail from around Britain and the royal train stops at St Erth station in Cornwall, before the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh board a scheduled service to St Ives. There is drama at Castle Cary when a passenger falls on to the tracks and police and workers struggle to pull him to safety.

Cast & Crew

Director Matthew Grosch
Director Tim Williams
Director Satnam Authi
Executive Producer Dan Adamson
Executive Producer Andrew Mackenzie-Betty
Executive Producer Tony Moulsdale
Executive Producer Melanie Darlaston
Producer Matthew Grosch
Producer Tim Williams
Producer Satnam Authi
Series Producer Gill Hennessey
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