The Railway: First Great Western

Series 1 - Episode 4

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This week’s episode explores what happens on the network after dark. We spend a night in Reene Ehrman’s shoes on the Night Riviera service, which connects the capital to the far southwest. Before the train sets off, a fault is found in one of the carriages. Can a crack team of engineers rectify the problem and ensure that all the passengers get to bed for the night?

At west London’s busy Ealing Broadway station, a service disruption has been caused by signal failure. Fortunately, the station is also a terminus for two underground lines, so manager Dean Haynes tries to arrange for commuters to switch to either the Central or District lines to continue their journeys.

Things hot up for Gary Brownlie, Reading’s duty station manager, as hordes of student merry makers pass through the station. Ticketless travel costs the rail industry millions, so Gary comes up with a plan to catch the fare dodgers.

Down the line at Bristol, a typical night for Paul Eddolls includes missed trains, sleepy passengers and drunken revellers as he tries to clear the station. Elsewhere, Kerry Meacock and his team are carrying out essential track maintenance during the night.

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