Extreme Railway Journeys
Chris Tarrant is back with more epic railway journeys…
In four new episodes, Chris will be travelling thousands of miles by train across mountains, deserts, jungles and warzones. As always, he’ll be finding out how the railways have been central to the often bloody history of four very different parts of the world. In the Alps he’ll be investigating the evolution of mountain railways, following their progress to the spectacular roof of Europe. In Spain he’ll find what became of the railways under Franco’s brutal dictatorship and devastating civil war. Then he’s off to the Ukraine to explore some extraordinary Cold War leftovers before his final journey charts the horrors of the Vietnam War before that country’s reunification.
Episodes: The Alps, Spain, Ukraine, Vietnam
Coming Autumn 2018.
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EP1. CONQUERING THE ALPS
Chris heads to the Alps to ride on six pioneering mountain railways.
It’s the middle of winter, with snow and ice constantly threatening to derail his journey, as he crosses Austria and Switzerland on ever higher and higher railways to find out how and why these extraordinary lines were built. Along the way he faces some terrifying 19th Century winter sports and a climb up the North Face of the Eiger.
Will Chris conquer the Alps? Or will they conquer him?
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EP2. THE TRAIN IN SPAIN
In this episode, Chris embarks on a thousand mile journey across Spain’s complex railway system, from Gibraltar in the far south to Bermio on the north coast, deep in Basque Country.
Travelling on an extraordinary range of different trains and types of track, he’s on a mission to find out how Spanish railways evolved from some of the most backward in Europe to the most advanced and innovative in the World, through one and a half centuries of stormy history, including the Civil War and four dark decades of the Franco dictatorship.