Britain has the oldest and one of the busiest railways in the world. Whether its delays, overcrowding or fare rises, Britons all love to complain about the trains. Used to being the butt of complaints, the rail industry has always kept itself behind closed doors. Until nowGÇª Delve behind the scenes to capture the inside story of an industry that continues to grow, featuring a team of dedicated drivers, managers, ticket inspectors, technicians and rolling stock that connect the capital to the far South West. First Great Western is one of Britain's largest train operators - the company moves travellers across the spectacular Great Western Route, which began life 170 years ago and was engineered by Brunel. We follow key characters across the whole network in order to tell the extraordinary stories they come into contact with on a daily basis - from major disruptions and rush hour to getting under the belly of an Intercity 125 for maintenance, no story is too big or small to be covered. Told with humour, warmth and honesty, The Railway: First Great Western reveals whats really going on when passengers are left fuming on the platform. Episode 1 A fire has caused a significant signal failure which leaves passengers hot and extremely bothered on the concourse. We find out what its like under the belly of an Intercity 125 and we meet the crack team of Revenue Protection Officers who launch an operation in Windsor. Episode 2 Silver service hits the track, as the Pullman Dining Car team serves a three course feast to a full house. We meet king of the lost and found department and a Cornish summer is topped off by a visit from very special royal guests. Episode 3 We discover what happens on the platforms when the schedule winds down for weekly maintenance and take to the air to see how some of the most historic tracks are protected. And fair dodgers are in for a shock at the Henley Royal Regatta. Episode 4 We spend a the evening on the Night Riviera service, which connects the capital to the far South West. Its a race against time as a maintenance crew skilfully repair a track under the blanket of night. And in Bristol, missed trains, sleepy passengers and drunken revellers all make up another day. Episode 5 Sleeply Newbury Station springs to life as the public heads to two major events at the nearby Racecourse. We meet the Paddington Controller whos charged with ensuring the right train on the right platform at the right time. And the emergency services spring into action at Penzance Depot. Episode 6: We head to Dawlish Air Show, where a small, picturesque seaside station jumps to life with an influx of merry passengers. Up the line in Bath Spa, we meet a gateline operator who loves to try his hand at foreign languages as he sends worldwide tourists to and from the ancient city. Episode 7 The Reading redevelopment is the largest overhaul on the Great Western Network since it was built by Brunel GÇô were given an insight into the building and unveiling of this state of the art station. And on the outskirts of Gunnislake, we step back in time for a very traditional way of changing the train direction. Episode 8 Up the line in the sleepy Cotswolds, an area with the highest percentage of first class travel, the station springs to life for the annual Wilderness festival. And we visit Brunels last engineering masterpiece, the Royal Albert Bridge, which connects Devon and Cornwall.
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