Great Rail Restorations with Peter Snow

Great Rail Restorations with Peter Snow

Series 1 - Episode 1

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Review

There’s a keen audience for railway-related shows and Peter Snow brings heartfelt enthusiasm to this series about restoring antique carriages to their former splendour. If you love talk of bogey castings and bedding compounds and the best way to restore polished teak panels, then this is for you.

Among the aerial shots of heritage steam trains, old stations and much diligent sandpapering there’s a tender’s worth of fake jeopardy over whether the project to fix up a 1912 Gresley brake composite carriage will be ready “in time” (ie the time fixed by the programme makers). Snow’s preoccupation with timetables would do any rail franchise proud.

Summary

Peter Snow and Henry Cole visit projects across the country where teams of restoration experts are attempting to restore historic railway carriages to their former glory. The first stop is the stunning Vale of Llangollen in North Wales, to visit a 1912 carriage designed by Sir Nigel Gresley, the creator of the Flying Scotsman, where Henry explores how the emergency cord was invented and learns how rail travellers coped before toilets were introduced on trains.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Peter Snow
Presenter Henry Cole
Executive Producer Jacqueline Hewer
Series Producer Ed Booth
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