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Hi all

Another railway programme starts on UK Yesterday Channel on Thursday 17th October at 2000

"Steam Train Britain" will be exploring the preserved railways, large and small.

6 episodes in all.

 

It comes up as a Radio Times choice programme

 

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Link  https://yesterday.uktv.co.uk/shows/steam-train-britain/

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Please not another breakfast on a bloody shovel and some ar$#ole saying breakfast never tastes better! 

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Foot got raised towards TV on that 8F but was lowered when realised it was a pasty on the manifold 

I want a railway program to demonstrate the shovels main use other than shoveling coal........and you certainly wouldn't want to eat that!

On the whole wasn't too bad a program 

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Good to see "my" 8F on the GCR (I have a few shares in it.) On the whole a very enjoyable programme without the Channel 5 false jeopardy element - will the buffet car run out of tea!!

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I enjoyed it too, and thought the sections on sleeper replacement, steam loco disposal and signalling interlocking were a bit more detailed than I would have expected.

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 My first thought was, what hasn't been covered already by other programs, honestly I was impressed with what I saw. When it comes any railway programs one of my pet hates is when the presenters are to join in with the activity. I mentioned something like this on another forum when 'Train Spotting Live' came out and back then I said something to the likes of 'Railway Roundabout' would be prefect in the 21st century. After watching 'Steam Train Britain' I'd say it's a close second to 'Railway Roundabout', as it's a nice torch for the volunteer's / apprentice to talk to the camera, a little commentary to what is happening and being 45 minutes long.

 

I'll stay turned in for the next few episodes. 

 

   

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I've just watched the recording I made.

 

The first episode was impressive, they actually told you stuff without a gurning presenter getting in the way and let the volunteers talk without inane feeder questions.

 

And, as mentioned above, unlike many other programmes NO false jeopardy so far!

 

Excellent!

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A most enjoyable program, it’s nice not having a presenter joining in the action. The sleepers removal and signal box men with points was in-depth but good.

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Enjoyable and informative, the perfect mix for a TV prog for me …. and to find that the real railways are now using plastic sleepers …. what next, tension lock couplings?! :D

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On 26/10/2019 at 10:44, StueyG said:

I am enjoying the programme as well but why do they keep showing shots of a double Fairley when talking about the Welsh Highland? It seems the production team haven't grasped the fact that although they both use Porthmadoc they are seperate railways. Other than that, very good with some interesting details.


Errr...taken at Rhyd Ddu, WHR on 4 May 2019...….TWO Fairlies. 

 

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Thanks, I stand corrected!

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bad spelling!

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Just caught up with the first two episodes on the internet, great stuff! Really enjoyable. Thanks for posting the info about it on here.

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Also finally just caught up with Episode 1 - I thought it was quite a good programme.  Informative and entertaining and done in a fairly sensible, sympathetic style. Nicely filmed too.

 

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On 26/10/2019 at 10:44, StueyG said:

I am enjoying the programme as well but why do they keep showing shots of a double Fairley when talking about the Welsh Highland? It seems the production team haven't grasped the fact that although they both use Porthmadoc they are seperate railways. Other than that, very good with some interesting details.

The Ffestiniog markets them together as one:

https://www.festrail.co.uk/

 

On Countryfile Autumn Diaries BBC1 Tuesday last, Jules Hudson was reporting from Boston Lodge about the shortage of train crew on heritage railways ( Garratts and Double Fairlies were seen together) and he took part in a driver training programme.

It's about 10mins and should be on iPlayer

 

 

 

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I like its approach, there's a lot less concentrating on the "characters" on the railway that tend to get front and centre in most programmes because they allegedly make good TV, and more on the Joe/ Josephine ordinary. Its also a lot better at explaining things too, technical but not so much that its unintelligible to the layman.

 

If I've one very minor bug bear with it its whoever scripted the voiceover, the 3rd episode with the wedding on P3/4 at Bolton Street, the station was constantly referred to as "Bury St" despite the camera constantly panning to the running in boards!  This week the commentary constantly referred to Braunton as "The Braunton" which grated after a while.  Some of the continuity is a bit suspect as well but we will gloss over that!

 

Not complaining though, we have had some good publicity out of it for the weddings and the dining trains. The crew filmed me operating the crossing gate wheel at Rammy from the platform, so I await with interest to see if its the cutting room floor or my 15 seconds of infamy.

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I've seen 3 episodes and thought it was very good. Particularly liked where they showed how a new tyre is fitted on a loco driving wheel, and laying a new section of track, was that on the Festiniog?

In the last episode I saw they finally got the station name correct, Bury Bolton Street!

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I really appreciated the latest episode where they showed the Autocoach train including how the controls work as I've always wondered exactly what the firmen does when the driver is in the autocoach. Although it was a bit embarrassing for the firemen when the train ran out of steam a few hundred yards from the station!

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2 hours ago, montyburns56 said:

I really appreciated the latest episode where they showed the Autocoach train including how the controls work as I've always wondered exactly what the firmen does when the driver is in the autocoach. Although it was a bit embarrassing for the firemen when the train ran out of steam a few hundred yards from the station!

I must admit i did wonder whether they really did run out of steam, or whether it was another bit of 'false drama'/

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1 hour ago, rab said:

I must admit i did wonder whether they really did run out of steam, or whether it was another bit of 'false drama'/

 

Possibly an over-egged bit of drama, but it illustrated a point, that the driver and fireman work as a team and that each has to concentrate on their job and be aware of where they are.  On the whole, Steam Train Britain is a series that has been mercifully devoid of end of segment dramas and more interesting for that!

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Tonight's episode features afternoon tea on the South Devon Railway. I hope they get the cream/jam option in the correct order.:D

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