Coastal Railways with Julie Walters

Coastal Railways with Julie Walters

Series 1 - Episode 2



Julie Walters is taking the train along the coast from Newcastle to Edinburgh, “trying out other people’s lives”. She’s enamoured with two slightly eccentric beachcombers in Berwick-upon-Tweed, impressed by volunteers rebuilding a branch line shut down by Richard Beeching – then the Chairman of the British Railway Board –¬¬ in the 60s and loves the experience of blowing the train whistle as it thunders over a Victorian viaduct.

But, although you suspect she and irrepressible skipper Jane could be best mates, she’s not keen on the lobsters in Jane’s hatchery. “You can even cut yourself on them when they’re dead,” she grumbles, as they sit on the quayside tucking in to a lobster lunch.


The actress travels from Newcastle to Edinburgh by high speed train. Along the way, she stops off at the coastal town of Alnmouth, discovers where the phrase Keep Calm and Carry On originated, visits the world's biggest gannet colony, and goes out to sea with a lobster breeder. When she reaches her destination, she discovers the connection between the railway and the famous Balmoral Hotel.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Julie Walters
Executive Producer Paul Sommers
Series Director Kim Maddever
Series Producer Kim Maddever