Episode guide

The Railway: First Great Western

Series 1

The Railway: First Great Western

  • The Railway: First Great Western

    The work of the train operating company's staff, beginning with Paddington's duty station manager's efforts to deal with several angry passengers who have been held up following a fire.

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  • The Railway: First Great Western

    The small Devon seaside station at Dawlish is brought to life by an influx of people attending an air show and gate-line operator Peter Eagle tries his hand at foreign languages in Bath.

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  • The Railway: First Great Western

    Glastonbury creates a logistical nightmare as staff deal with more than 100,000 travelling festival-goers, and the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh board a scheduled service to St Ives.

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    A fitter has to work quickly to repair a faulty peak-time train full of frustrated passengers, and a major service disruption hits Paddington on Meet the Manager day.

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    Rush hour is never much fun on the railways and Lorel Kinghorn tries to get a group of rowdy schoolchildren safely on board a train without causing major delays on the line.

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    Reading's duty station manager Gary Brownlie tries to stop students dodging train fares, while sleepy passengers and drunken revellers make life difficult in Bristol.

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    Driver Bruce Parkin steps off a train with his family to attend his retirement party after a remarkable 52 years' service, and Reading's new state-of-the-art station starts to take shape.

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    Staff deal with customers using the usually unmanned Newbury Racecourse station to attend two major meetings and emergency services are called into action at the Penzance depot.

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The Railway: First Great Western

Series 2

The Railway: First Great Western

  • Railway in Crisis

    Winter storms take their toll on the railways and Network Rail's Steve Hawkins and his engineers have their work cut out after the line at Dawlish in Devon is washed away.

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  • Pushed to the Limit

    Just as the mainline at Dawlish is about to be reopened after being washed away, a crack is discovered in the cliffs and a landslide threatens to engulf the tracks.

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  • Network Renewed

    A 300-strong army of engineers works 24 hours a day to keep to the timetable as the deadline approaches for the reopening of the mainline at Dawlish.

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  • Back on Track

    Staff try to get thousands of rugby union fans home after a Six Nations match in Cardiff and a duty manager has his hands full on his first Saturday night shift at Paddington.

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