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The Weekly Poser: Where is this?

The map is dated 1871. I'm on a railtour late May in this area, and it helps to know the 19th-century political layout to understand how it defined such concentrated railway construction. Three countries come together - as do a lot of railways - at this point, so it looks important. A new city has grown since then. All the surrounding placenames have changed. Where is it?

Please email your answers to raildate.co.uk@gmail.com.

Readers can suggest posers too. A couple of contributions are waiting their turn.

Last week's Where is this?

The northern terminus of a great train ride in the USA. Where is it?

Answer: Silverton on the Durango & Silverton Railroad, Colorado. Congratulations are due to the following for their correct answers: Dave Goodyear, John Allen, Richard Maund, Peter Davies, Tim Evans, Paul Hopper, Peter Tisdale.

Colorado is home to so many epic railways. Many are closed, but several of the best - including the Durango & Silverton and the Cumbres & Toltec - continue as tourist operations. I love the atmosphere of wandering around a Colorado mining town, looking at the layout, knowing that it blew by in an instant in 1893 when silver ceased to be a US-government-backed store of wealth built into the coinage.

The Cumbres & Toltec straddles the border with New Mexico, crossing several times. "Pork barrel" politics come into play. Cumbres is simply perfect as a pioneer railroad station - but it now has to be sustained by competing states' funds. Neither state dare drop support.

I'm particularly interested in the (long-closed) Colorado Midland Railroad. It forced the first way through the Continental Divide in the Colorado Rockies west of Leadville - the Two-Mile-High city. Its operations battled several severe winters and two competing tunnels were built. The first tunnel was at a high altitude, and my family and I hiked up there, running down when the afternoon thunderstorms crescendoed. The lower tunnel was built by speculators (who were also on the CMR board) to offer an alternative line.

The CMR was peremptorily shut in 1918 when the railways were briefly nationalised in the US during WW1. The lower tunnel was converted into a scary one-way road tunnel in the 1930s - half an hour one way, half an hour the other, with no automated controls.

Long-closed? Actually, not entirely. The Union Pacific line west of Glenwood Springs adopts the CMR line; the original UP line is now I-70.

Above: The high tunnel on the CMR, now filled with water and only accessible to people without families.

Above: Traffic at the low tunnel - the Busk Ivanhoe - awaits its time-slot. This was the ONLY road across the Colorado Rockies at the time. Other roads took over but I-70 wasn't completed until 1992.

The short high-level tunnel and the long low-level tunnel are shown in yellow. Map by Mike Walker.

Colorado Midland Railway: August 1895 timetable

Here are some shots around Silverton, with William and Rachel (both now in their late 20s) as they were in 2005.


UK television listings with a transport theme for the next eight days

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3:10 to Yuma (1957) -:- A farmer in need of money agrees to guard a notorious outlaw until the train arrives to transport him to jail. Meanwhile, the pair are holed up in a hotel, where his prisoner plays mind games with him - and the villain's cohorts are waiting outside ready to engineer an escape. Western adapted from a novel by Elmore Leonard, with Van Heflin, Glenn Ford, Felicia Farr and Leora Dana

999: Critical Condition -:- When Duncan is admitted to Royal Stoke emergency department after falling down a full flight of stairs onto concrete, trauma team leader Richard Hall fears the worst. Elsewhere, a woman with a life-threatening brain tumour undergoes surgery to have it carefully removed, and a 21-year-old is treated after falling from a window and landing on metal railings

Abandoned Engineering -:- A town in West Virginia that fell victim to the pace of change when steam trains became obsolete and an underground complex in Italy that had been abandoned for nearly 2,000 years

Abandoned Engineering -:- The world's most impressive disused railway bridges, including the biggest wooden trestle bridge in the world, which was closed down due to hurricane damage

A Cat's-Eye View of Japan -:- Visit a city known for its giant Buddha statue to watch a kitty play in the Meigetsu-in Temple garden, then have a nap with kittens on a priest's cushion at another temple along a train line.

Accused -:- Two friends enlist in the Army and are posted to Afghanistan, where champion amateur boxer Peter struggles with the pressure and fails to return fire during an attack by the Taliban, endangering the lives of his comrades. Having witnessed the event, his lance corporal begins to systematically victimise him, and the bullying reaches extreme levels when the young man's sidekick Frankie is ordered to humiliate him, setting off a train of events that leads to the law courts. Mackenzie Crook stars in the second of Jimmy McGovern's legal dramas, with Ben Batt and Benjamin Smith

Alvinnn!!! and the Chipmunks -:- When Alvin sees every celebrity with their own personal bodyguard, he decides to train Theodore for the job

Antiques Road Trip -:- Catherine Southon and James Braxton travel across Derbyshire and Leicestershire, where items of interest include 18th-century carvings and a bowl full of marbles. Along the way Catherine gets steamed up on the heritage Great Central Railway and James visits a pottery

Big Rich Texas -:- Leslie trains Grace, Maddie and Kalyn for an upcoming pageant. However, Maddie's enthusiasm wanes, puts her commitment in question and causes a rift between Leslie and Melissa

Britain's Most Luxurious Train Journeys -:- A guide to luxury train rides across Britain, beginning with the steam-hauled Saphos train on the Devonshire coast. Train manager Sandra and her hospitality team help a passenger surprise his wife of 40 years with a special anniversary present, while executive chef Nick creates a sumptuous five-course meal and learner steam train driver Ian clocks up more training hours passing alongside the red rock coast

Britain's Most Luxurious Train Journeys -:- The historic Settle to Carlisle line, travelling through some of Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cumbria's most stunning countryside and passing over the iconic Ribblehead Viaduct. The train's staff help out with a surprise wedding proposal and a 90th birthday celebration, while executive chef Nick creates masterpiece meals including a shin of Galloway beef and a trio of mini desserts

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) -:- Two notorious outlaws' routine of bank and train robberies is cut short when a seemingly unstoppable posse is formed to catch them. The pair plan to flee America and start a new life in Bolivia, with the Sundance Kid's schoolmistress lover in tow - but staying ahead of the law is not so easy. Western, starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford and Katharine Ross

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid -:- Documentary about the 1890s Wild West duo who robbed trains and banks and soon became national news, focusing on who Robert Leroy Parker and Harry Alonzo Longabaugh actually were

Charlotte in Sunderland -:- Disaster strikes at the baby shower of the year and the dogs run amok as Jake and Charlotte try to train them before the baby arrives. Letitia embarrasses her daughter in true mum fashion with stories about her love life

Cranford -:- The story picks up in August 1844, two years after Miss Matty lost her beloved sister Deborah. Mr Buxton has returned to live quietly in Cranford following the death of his wife, although Miss Matty is concerned about his relationship with his son as neither seem to be coping with their bereavement. The local busybody is also worried about Peggy Bell, who lives in an isolated cottage looking after her inattentive mother and domineering brother, so she hatches a plot to bring these young residents together. However, the surprise arrival of Lady Ludlow's son Lord Septimus leads to a chain of unexpected events concerning the looming railway, and a tragedy at Matty's own house forces her to re-evaluate her opinions on the subject. Judi Dench and Jonathan Pryce star

Cywion Bach -:- The Cywion Bach love trains and their friends are having fun seeing a train, playing with trains and also painting one too

Dial 999 -:- Maguire works with the railway police to track down a gang that has stolen mail from a London to Glasgow train

Dragons: Rescue Riders -:- After saving Chief Duggard from a shipwreck, two 10-year-olds and their dragons are invited to stay in the Viking village of Huttsgalor. Animated spin-off from How to Train Your Dragon

Dylan McGrath's Secret Service -:- The renowned chef acts as mentor to five chefs-in-the-making, who train with him in his restaurant Fade Street Social over a four-week period. His task is to prepare them to produce a fine dining event to raise funds for the charities that support them

Eddie the Eagle (2016) -:- Biopic of British sporting underdog Eddie Edwards. Determined to fulfil his dreams of becoming an Olympic athlete, Edwards trains as a ski jumper - a field in which Britain had no other competitors. He secures a place in the 1988 Winter Olympics, where his can-do attitude makes him a media sensation in the face of a losing streak. Starring Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman and Christopher Walken

Edwardian Farm -:- Spring sees the daffodil harvest, accompanied by a rush to get the flowers off to the train station so they can be delivered to towns and cities across the country within hours of being picked. Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn go to Dartmoor for the annual pony trek, and use the occasion to purchase one of the beasts for the farm. However, before their new pony is fit for work, he needs to be trained, and the farmers hire American horse whisperer Mike Branch for the job. Meanwhile, the arrival of new lambs is followed by a pleasant surprise for Ruth Goodman in the run-up to Mother's Day

Escape to the Country -:- Jonnie Irwin is in Norfolk to help a couple with an £800,000 budget buy their first property together, and rides on a narrow gauge steam train when he meets the enthusiasts keeping the Bure Valley Railway running

Expedition Bigfoot -:- An abandoned railroad track offers fresh clues about Bigfoot's whereabouts to the team as they push deeper into the forests of Northern California

Father Brown -:- Lady Felicia is horrified to find an injured man stuck in a tree on her estate, apparently thrown there from a passing train on an overhead viaduct. When Sid is implicated as the guilty party, Father Brown is left to clear his name - but only if he is truly innocent. Mystery drama, starring Mark Williams

Father Brown -:- The sleuth must stop a much-loved institution from going off the rails when the local stationmaster is murdered. Mark Williams stars

Great American Railroad Journeys -:- Continuing his trek from Philadelphia to Jamestown, Michael Portillo arrives in the nation's capital, Washington, DC, centre of political power in the world's most powerful country. Steered by his Appleton's Guide of 1879, he admires its fine public buildings, including the largest library in the world, and discovers how the capital was built from scratch after a political compromise between north and south. After this, he travels on to Mount Vernon, exploring a former slave market and visiting an archaeological dig along the way

Great American Railroad Journeys -:- Michael Portillo arrives at a milestone on his American journey as he reaches the boundary between the northern and southern states, known as the Mason-Dixon line. Beginning in Wilmington, North Carolina, he uncovers the history of gunpowder production in Delaware, before heading to Baltimore, where he discovers how the first American steam engine owed a lot to British technology. On the city's east coast, Michael visits the star-shaped Fort McHenry, and learns how the Star-Spangled Banner national anthem was born

Great American Railroad Journeys -:- Michael Portillo continues his great American trek, following his copy of Appleton's General Guide east from Manhattan to Long Island, and visits Brooklyn to hear the story of the construction of the world's first suspension bridge. Below ground, he investigates New York City's inaugural subway, and the dangers faced by the 'sandhogs' who built it. Progressing along the Long Island Railroad to Queens, Michael takes in an ambitious engineering project and a model town built by an Irish immigrant who became one of America's richest men. Later, he heads to the island's Gold Coast, where he relives the fun of 'the roaring twenties' at Oheka Castle, and concludes this leg of his trip at the Montauk lighthouse on Long Island's eastern-most tip

Great American Railroad Journeys -:- Michael Portillo follows America's iconic River Hudson, beginning at New York City's Penn Station, where he rides on the national rail carrier service, Amtrak. At Tarrytown, he hears a famous American ghost story, the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and on the east bank of the Hudson he stops at Garrison, where he hears about the greatest turncoat in American history. In Poughkeepsie, the presenter visits a university built just for women, before arriving in New York's state capital, Albany, where he samples Albany Ale and meets the State Senator

Great American Railroad Journeys -:- Michael Portillo travels across New York state, discovering how General Electric also leads the way in rail technology and examining the story behind George Eastman's Kodak company. He then visits Buffalo and discovers the history behind its grain industry, followed by a trip to witness the awesome power and drama of Niagara Falls

Great American Railroad Journeys -:- Michael Portillo travels through Philadelphia, and pays tribute to its fictional son, Rocky Balboa. He finishes the latest leg of his journey in Gettysburg, the most famous battlefield of the American Civil War, where President Abraham Lincoln made a momentous speech in 1863

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Following the route of the old Caledonian Railway Company, Michael Portillo discovers the 'Riviera of the Highlands'. With a daily direct train service to Kings Cross, Gleneagles remains a top destination and is also headquarters for the British School of Falconry. Berry Town, aka Blairgowrie, is Michael's next stop. At the home of the Scottish raspberry industry, which once sent fruit to London daily on board a raspberry special service from Cooper Angus station, Michael learns how to pick this most delicate of berries. The last stop on this leg is the city of Dundee, where he visits publisher DC Thomson

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo begins in the ruinous gardens at Aberglasney House near Llandeilo before riding shotgun in the driver's cab on one of the most scenic routes in Britain. Over the border in Leominster, Herefordshire, he steps out onto the dance floor at the Lion Hotel Ballroom, where a grand ball was held to celebrate the opening of the Ludlow to Hereford railway, and finishes this leg of his journey at a traditional cider house in Hereford

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo begins the fourth leg of his journey from Derby to Lindisfarne in Middlesbrough, visiting one of the last iron foundries in the town and helping cast a carrot valve for a steam engine. His next stop is Darlington, Co Durham, where he meets the editor of the Northern Echo and finds out about the colourful history of WT Stead, one of his predecessors. Michael then heads to St Paul's monastery in Jarrow, Tyne and Wear, to learn about eighth-century monk the Venerable Bede, known as 'the father of English history', before finishing in Hexham, Northumberland, where he visits a historic ginger beer emporium

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo begins this leg of his journey in the East Yorkshire town of Hessle, where he learns about the technology that made the Humber Bridge possible. In nearby Hull, Michael hears from local MP Alan Johnson about anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce, before travelling to Scarborough Castle, where the founder of the Quaker movement was once imprisoned. His last stop of the day is York, where he learns what made the city a centre for the sweet-making industry

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo begins underground at Big Pit coal mine in Blaenavon, where he discovers how Victorians toiled night and day to power the Industrial Revolution. On the River Usk, he learns about 19th-century developments in angling before heading to Ascott-under-Wychwood in Oxfordshire - once the scene of a farm labourers' dispute that ended in rioting. Michael concludes this leg of his journey at Blenheim Palace

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo continues his journey from Derby to Lindisfarne, with this leg beginning in Boston, south Lincolnshire, where he explores the connection between the town and its American namesake. At Southwell, Nottinghamshire, he discovers the origins of a favourite Victorian apple before heading into West Yorkshire to visit an imposing institution built in Menston to provide asylum for those with mental health issues. In nearby Wakefield, Michael boards one of Britain's least frequent services, before heading to Hensall, North Yorkshire

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo embarks on a new journey following his Bradshaw's handbook from south-west Wales to Cambridge, beginning in Pembroke Dock, where Queen Victoria's royal yachts were built. In the little market town of Naberth he investigates what caused rebels to dress up as women, later spending the night at an inn in Carmarthen where Horatio Nelson once met Emma Hamilton. Next day, the former politician pitches in with the volunteers who look after the Gwili Heritage line and ends his leg in Swansea, where he learns how to pose for a photograph in Victorian style

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo embarks on a new journey following his Bradshaw's handbook from the heart of the industrial East Midlands to the island of Lindisfarne off the coast of Northumberland. On the first leg, he gives an old engine a fresh start in the railway hub of Derby, heads to Nottingham to find out about the Victorian origins of a well-known high-street chemist and calls at a historic one-time grocer's shop in Grantham, Lincolnshire

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo embarks on a railway journey through the Republic of Ireland from Co Kerry to the city of Galway. On the first leg, he travels from Killarney to Cobh, sampling 19th-century delicacies and exploring a stunning landscape that achieved fame due to rails and royals

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo embarks on his final journey in London, exploring Albertopolis in south Kensington and reaching dizzying heights inside a Victorian landmark. At Vauxhall, he learns about the darker side of London's flower market in Bradshaw's day and ends at London Bridge, where two stations are becoming one and a new concourse is being built

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo embarks on the final leg of his journey through the Republic of Ireland, travelling from Athlone to Galway. Along the way he examines historic jewellery with royal connections, encounters a people's king and meets up with a traditional Irish singing group

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo follows in the footsteps of engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel as he travels from London to Newton Abbot in Devon. He begins by taking a trip from Paddington station to Warminster in Wiltshire, along the way learning about a Victorian asylum, giving a historic horse a facelift and making malt the 19th-century way

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo heads to London's West End as he explores 19th-century engineering used in theatres, and learns about the ambitious building programme that saw Trafalgar Square replace slums. He indulges in some retail therapy at a Piccadilly Circus perfumery patronised by kings, queens and prime ministers, and finds out how diseases were rife in Victorian London on a visit to Soho

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo sets off from Newcastle on the final leg of his journey from Derby to Lindisfarne, finding out about the world's earliest swing bridge and its inventor William Armstrong. He also travels by boat from the port of Seahouses to examine the story of lighthouse keeper's daughter Grace Darling, who, along with her father, rescued nine people from tumultuous seas in 1838. On the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, Michael explores the lime kilns and finds out how Christianity spread from here across northern England in the 7th century

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo starts off in Exmouth on the final leg of his journey to Newton Abbot. Along the way, he goes out to sea with an RNLI lifeboat crew, visits a stormy coastal railway and has an encounter with his boyhood hero

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo starts off in Invergordon on the final leg of his journey to John O'Groats. Along the way, he learns how one man's vision helped bring train travel to the Highlands, discovers how farming has changed since Bradshaw's day and hears the remarkable tale of Scotland's Victorian gold rush

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo takes the high-speed line to Stratford in east London to explore the legacy of the Olympic Park and explores Spitalfields, an area of the city that has been home to many immigrants through the centuries. He ends this leg of his journey at Victoria underground station, where he finds out about the massive makeover currently under way

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo travels from Charleville, Co Cork, to the city of Waterford, along the way finding out about the ancient art of making butter, attempting to learn the basics of Ireland's oldest game, and riding on the Duke of Devonshire's Victorian railway

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo travels from Newbridge in Co Kildare to Roscrea, North Tipperary, visiting the Irish National Stud in Tully, discovering how harsh life was for the Irish poor and investigating an astronomical feat of Victorian engineering

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo travels from Salisbury in Wiltshire to Castle Cary, Somerset, visiting a world-famous tourist spot that has been captivating visitors since the Victorian era. He also takes to the air in Yeovil and tries his hand at clothmaking the 19th-century way

Great British Railway Journeys -:- Michael Portillo travels on London's first railway and admires the remarkable brick viaduct on which it was built, before taking a tour underneath its arches with a Victorian map showing the poverty of those who once lived there. The Docklands Light Railway takes him to Greenwich, home to the tea clipper Cutty Sark, before he ends this leg of his journey in West Silvertown

Great British Railway Journeys -:- On the next leg of his journey from Co Kerry to Galway, Michael Portillo travels from the city of Kilkenny to Athy in Co Kildare. Along the way he tries his hand at cutting marble in the Victorian style, uncovers 19th-century Ireland's surprising industrial heritage and learns how the railways helped bring motorsport to the masses

Great British Railway Journeys -:- On the penultimate leg of his journey from Stirling to John O'Groats, Michael Portillo travels from Inverness to Plockton. Along the way he rides on one of the country's most picturesque railways, visits Scotland's smallest station and learns what a spa break in the Victorian era comprised

Great British Railway Journeys -:- On the penultimate leg of his journey Michael Portillo travels from Lynton to Exeter. He gets up close to a piece of natural history, visits a garden used as a viewing platform for public hangings and examines a timepiece like no other

Great British Railway Journeys -:- On the third leg of his journey from London to Newton Abbot, Michael Portillo travels from Taunton to Minehead. Along the way he explores a church, finds out just what it takes to operate a 19th-century signal box and summons all his strength to move a 110-ton steam locomotive

Great Indian Railway Journeys -:- Guided by his Bradshaw's 1913 Handbook of Indian, Foreign and Colonial Travel, Michael Portillo embarks on a rail journey from Amritsar to Shimla. Along the way he helps to feed people at the world's largest free kitchen, and travels the railway routes used by millions of migrants during Partition. Beginning in the Sikh holy city, Michael is dazzled by the beauty of the Golden Temple and awed by the scale of its langar - the world's largest free kitchen. His route then takes him through the Punjab, and at Kalka, Michael glimpses the Himalayas for the first time

Gwdihw -:- Find out how the police train their dogs and see a sick rabbit get help

Heartbeat -:- The Aidensfield bobbies investigate a series of arson attacks, but have trouble finding the evidence to convict their chief suspects _ until a further blaze claims a victim. Elsewhere, Maggie receives shocking news, and Greengrass fancies himself as the village's answer to Billy Butlin, opening a disused railway carriage as a holiday home. Guest starring Ralf Little and Coronation Street's Alan Halsall (Tyrone Dobbs)

Heir Hunters -:- The probate researchers look for the relatives of a possible spy who encountered some remarkable people in his life, and an heir to the estate of a woman whose family earned a living working on the railways. Plus, details of more cases in which beneficiaries still need to be found

Hornby: A Model World -:- Designer Sam creates a model of Winston Churchill's funeral wagon and first-time modeller Simon builds Britain's biggest model railway layout from his memory

Hornby: A Model World -:- Record producer Pete Waterman is commissioned by Chester Cathedral to construct a monster layout in tribute to the unsung 19th-century railway builder Thomas Brassey

Hornby: A Model World -:- The model-making company, home to four iconic brands, Hornby, Airfix, Scalextric and Corgi, opens its doors to reveal how their dedicated team of designers strive to shrink a new generation of mighty machines. A perfect diecast replica of a 1940's Merchant Navy steam locomotive is the task for Hornby's design team

How Do They Do It? -:- How formation skydivers train in a wind tunnel, and the lowdown on a bullet-proof vest that can stop a dozen rounds at point-blank range

How It's Made -:- Developments in the manufacture of turntables, steam engines, playground equipment and non-stick pans

How It's Made -:- The manufacturing processes behind the creation of stile and rail doors, steam cleaners, hand-held pizzas and power brushes

How the West Was Won (1962) -:- Three generations of a pioneering family experience many ordeals and adventures in their endeavour to build a new life for themselves on the American frontier in the 19th century. Over the years, the family experiences the key events of the nation's history, including the gold rush, the Civil War, and the building of the railroads. Western, starring James Stewart, John Wayne, Gregory Peck, Henry Fonda, Debbie Reynolds, Lee J Cobb and Richard Widmark

Ice Loves Coco -:- Actor Ice-T helps train his dog Spartacus for its first acting job, while Coco encounters problems with the launch of her clothing line

Japan Railway Journal -:- Discover the secrets of Japan's railways, from the newest technologies and systems in use to travel tips and must-see places.

Law of the Panhandle (1950) -:- A US marshal is sent to deal with a gang of outlaws terrorising the inhabitants of a peaceful valley. However, after witnessing the murder of a courier carrying secret papers, he discovers the bandits' crimes are part of a scheme to control the land where a railway is due to be built. Western, starring Johnny Mack Brown and Jane Adams

LEGO Hidden Side -:- The mission is simple: collect a package from the train station and bring it to JB. How come Jack and Parker flying through the air and fighting ghosts?

Look at Life -:- A look at controversial railway modernisation schemes

M*A*S*H -:- Hawkeye's desperate quest to get replacement boots sets in motion a train of deals, favours and backhanders all dependent on Klinger being sectioned and sent home - which Frank will not allow. Comedy, starring Alan Alda and Jamie Farr

Massive Engineering Mistakes -:- Experts and witnesses analyse a series of engineering disasters, including what happened when a Baltimore street collapsed onto a railroad

Massive Engineering Mistakes -:- Once considered the eighth Wonder of the World, the Kinzua Bridge was the longest railway bridge in the world. But, a freak tornado destroyed it - why did it fall?

Mega Shippers -:- In Oxford, 280 Minis must be loaded onto a train in just six hours. Bound for Southampton, they need to be loaded on ferries for export to China, Japan and the USA

Nate Is Late -:- Nate and Malika are offered a free ride on a ghost train which turns out to be a cover to train young monsters

Nate Is Late -:- Nate and Malika meet Jin, a ninja who offers to train them. In order to become a master, he needs to prove he has students. Curious to see a real secret dojo, the kids agree.

Nazi Megastructures -:- Extended episode exploring the use of trains in the Nazi regime, including Hitler's personal train, an unprecedented railway network, and concentration camp prisoner transports

New Tricks -:- DNA tests on a suspected robber prove his innocence but also reveal his father was an unnamed vagrant strangled on a tube train 15 years earlier. The team reopens the case, going in pursuit of the victim's other family members - including the man they believe to be his brother - while Brian questions the homeless community, only to fall foul of a gang of robbers. Peter Davison and Keith Allen guest star

Paddington Station 24/7 -:- Staff have to deal with 20,000 football fans descending on the western network bound for the Champions League Final in Cardiff. Extra trains have been laid on, but getting everyone home after the match is complicated by a major terrorist incident at London Bridge

Patrôl Pawennau -:- A rock slide blocks a train that has Cadi and and her cat on it. The pups must clear out the rocks unaware that Cali the cat has wandered off

Patrôl Pawennau -:- A train car derails and damages the tracks, and another train is scheduled to arrive later with important packages in it

Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs - India -:- The comedian helps more of the sick and abandoned dogs in Delhi. He meets a pup whose ears are infected and tries to train a boisterous labrador that cannot be rehomed because of its behavioural problems. He also goes out and about helping to treat some of the 400,000 waifs and strays on the city's streets

Police Interceptors -:- Officers pursue a driver who flees the scene of a road accident in a decommissioned ambulance, eventually abandoning the vehicle on a railway line after crashing through level-crossing barriers. Elsewhere, Warren comes under attack from a gang of youths on a garage forecourt, Spenner nicks a runaway driver with the help of a wheelie bin, and Kev is faced with a flaming Mercedes in the middle of rush hour

Race Across the World -:- The teams reach the halfway point and set off on their journey to the fifth checkpoint over 3,000 kilometres away on Manitoulin Island. The race is on but the pairs only have one way out of Churchill - an overnight train south followed by two buses from hell. In what could be the tightest leg so far, the teams have limited options and must use their ingenuity to gain an advantage. The current leaders struggle on with only a quarter of their budget left after splashing out on an expensive taxi in the last leg. Zainib is feeling homesick leaving her and husband Mobeen with a decision to make and Monique and Ladi try to make a quick break from the other teams. Tricia fears she may have to cut her race short after receiving some bad news from home

Race Across the World -:- The teams set off for checkpoint four - the remote outpost of Churchill that is only accessible by a twice-weekly train and where polar bears can outnumber people. One team make their first major mistake of the race trying to get to Calgary - they'll need to make a race-changing decision to get to the train in time. Another pair encounter a family of missionaries who make them question their reasons for running the race. And one contestant gets more than they bargained for when a bear blocks their path to the train, putting their race in jeopardy

Runaway Railway (1966) -:- A group of youngsters trying to save a railway line from closure are tricked by crooks planning a robbery. Children's adventure, starring John Moulder-Brown and Kevin Bennett

Runaway Train: Disaster Revealed -:- How the drivers of a westbound Canadia freight train failed to stop at a signal because they had fallen asleep, going on to meet an eastbound passenger train

Salvage Hunters -:- In Devon, Drew Pritchard rummages through a heap railway items collected over 30 years by a local enthusiast. He then digs out treasure at a recently closed glove factory in Yeovil

Secrets of the Railways -:- Documentary looking at railroads constructed during history's most turbulent periods, now associated with some of mankind's ugliest deeds. Beginning with the Trans-Pyrenees Railway

Secrets of the Zoo: Tampa -:- As spring blooms, penguin chicks dive into penguin pre-school, a sloth prepares for a big debut, and a caretaker trains to be a venomous snake handler

Send in the Dogs -:- The work of British Transport Police's canine units, which help monitor the safety of commuters on thousands of miles of railway and underground track. The programme follows a spaniel trained to search for drugs, as well as police dogs that help their human handlers control the crowds at football matches. Ken Stott narrates

Supergirl -:- Kara intervenes when a building in the Heights that was set aside for low-income housing is suddenly at risk to be sold to a major corporation. She recruits Orlando to help her win over the city, but things go awry when Nyxly shows up. Meanwhile, Nia trains with her mother

Tenable -:- Members of a team of five train control centre workers get their chance to take on the Tower in a bid to make off with a big cash prize. Quiz show, hosted by Warwick Davis

The Architecture the Railways Built -:- Tim Dunn discovers how two competing Victorian railway companies shaped the city of Lincoln

The Architecture the Railways Built -:- Tim Dunn revisits his childhood holiday haunts in South Devon, following the route of Brunel's experimental atmospheric railway

The Bidding Room -:- Nigel Havers presents as five more people bring their items to the dealers to sell. First in is Billy with a large two-seater spaceship from the funfair, followed by Nyree with a French decanter she found in a charity shop. Next in is Lee with a 1970s pay phone in original and working condition and Kevin with a Hornby train set he has owned for 60 years. Finally, Carole enters hoping luck is on her side as she tries to sell her tombola machine

The Bounty Hunter (1954) -:- A professional manhunter searches for three murderous train robbers who have taken cover in a backwoods town, but is unable to identify the killers among the community's residents. Meanwhile, the fugitives are aware of his arrival, and tensions begin to rise. Western, starring Randolph Scott, Dolores Dorn and Ernest Borgnine

The Cinema List: Esea British Talent -:- Discovering some of the very best British East and Southeast Asia actors in the business, from the MCU's Benedict Wong to Snake Eyes and Bullet train star Andrew Koji

The Dales -:- Midwife Chris Warren visits an expectant mother in Masham, while drummer Mike Naylor of the Swale Valley Stompers invites his grand-daughter Charlotte to join the jazz band for a concert at the Harrogate Flower Show. Adrian Edmondson finds out whether the Wensleydale Railway volunteers have realised their dream of opening up the disused line between Leeming Bar and Northallerton

The Dales -:- Wensleydale Railway general manager Nigel Park and his team of volunteers put on an event to raise money to open up the old line between Leeming Bar and Northallerton, which would connect the Dales to the East Coast mainline. Adrian Edmondson spends a day with vet Amy Swales on her rounds in the Swaledale area, while the Wensleydale Young Farmers are given a lesson in the art of auctioneering by expert Maurice Scott

The First World War -:- The penultimate episode explores Germany's bid to end the conflict by launching a massive offensive on the Western Fron tin March 1918, masterminded by General Erich Ludendorff. Within days the British Fifth Army was in retreat, Paris was under shellfire and defeat seemed inevitable. However, the plan ran out of steam as supplies and strategic options dried up and German troops became war-weary, hungry and demoralised

The Middle -:- When Brick demonstrates his talent in a school spelling bee, Mike decides to train him for a regional competition. However, as the family members prepare to embark on a road trip to Chicago for the event, they realise they have forgotten Sue's birthday

The Railways That Built Britain with Chris Tarrant -:- The broadcaster examines the role of the railways during the two global conflicts of the 20th century, keeping vital supply lines open and transporting troops to and from the front. In the First World War, railway works were converted into munitions factories and women were employed for these dangerous jobs and their heroic efforts helped win them the vote, while in the Second World War, they were vital in organising the evacuation of a million children and offered underground shelters from air raids

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills -:- As the Tahoe getaway continues, Sutton and Crystal's colourful disagreement comes to a head, only to go off the rails again when Sutton feels alienated from the group

The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953) -:- Villagers try to save their railway branch from closure by taking it over as a public business - but the owners of the local bus company try to sabotage their plans, forcing them to resort to more underhand methods. Ealing comedy, starring Stanley Holloway, George Relph, John Gregson, Godfrey Tearle and Sid James

The Virginian (2014) -:- A boy is left an orphan following the murder of his parents, but is taken in by a cattle baron. The rancher trains the youngster to fight and teaches him to enforce a strong moral code, but as he grows to adulthood, he begins to realise his mentor has taken him in to serve a hidden agenda. Western, starring Trace Adkins, Ron Perlman and Victoria Pratt

The World's Greatest Bridges -:- Opened in 1966, the mile-long Severn Bridge was the first road bridge to connect England and south Wales by spanning the Severn estuary, one of the most dangerous waterways in Britain. An ill-fated 19th-century railway crossing had previously existed over the Severn, but it was demolished in the late 1960s after a number of fatal accidents. Rob Bell explores the failures in engineering that led to the downfall of that earlier bridge and reveals how designer Dr Bill Brown took a radically new approach by developing an aerodynamic box girder deck that completely revolutionised bridge design

The Yorkshire Auction House -:- Angus helps to clear a warehouse filled with collectables to fund a luxury holiday. Plus, a pensioner sells his huge model railway

Top Gear -:- The trio try to make train travel cheaper, faster and more interesting, replacing the locomotive with a specially modified car and the carriages with a series of caravans. Comedy star Rowan Atkinson gets behind the wheel of the Reasonably Priced Car and Jeremy Clarkson drives the Jaguar XKR-S and a Nissan GT-R round the track to compare both models

Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records -:- Matt Edmondson narrates another selection of records, including the heaviest train pulled with a beard, the furthest distance as a human arrow and the smallest man's suit

Train Truckers -:- A legendary diesel locomotive, that's undergone over half a million pounds worth of repairs must be hauled over 40 miles ready for a diesel gala

Train Truckers -:- The Train Truckers are on the clock this week as they attempt to move a 100-ton diesel engine to a gala extravaganza, as well as a 175-ton rail crane destined for Egypt

Wagons West (1952) -:- Jeff Curtis, a travelling wagon-master agrees to lead a pioneer train from Joplin, Missouri to the Oregon territories. When the train begins to encounter trouble with well-armed Native tribes, Jeff is forced to consider the prospect that one of the convoy's members is selling weapons to the enemy, and suspicion falls on the mean-spirited nephew of the train's captain. Western, starring Rod Cameron

Walking Britain's Lost Railways -:- Rob Bell discovers the now-abandoned lines that unlocked the wild coastline of north Devon. He begins by following the dramatic Barnstaple and Ilfracombe Railway, which once built, proved an instant success, eventually carrying the glamorous Atlantic Coast Express service, direct from London Waterloo. He crosses to the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway, which traverses the wild terrain of Exmoor up to the cliff-top village of Lynton. Rob follows the adventurous, narrow-gauge route, discovering the extraordinary tale of the line's construction and the very short section that has been fully restored

Walking Britain's Lost Railways -:- Rob Bell follows the Callander and Oban Railway, an epic 70-mile route from Scotland's Lowlands to its glorious west coast. Setting off from Callander, he recalls the 14 years of determination it took to build this railway and how, with the help of local hero Rob Roy, it changed Victorian perceptions of the Highlands. No longer a distant land of fearsome Clans, the mountains, lochs and valleys were now a romantic and accessible destination of choice. Spectacles on the line include Glen Ogle, Loch Tay and an impressive terminus still evident at Oban

Walking Britain's Lost Railways -:- Rob Bell follows traces the course of the Great Central Railway, the final great line of the Victorian era and the last main line built before the Channel Tunnel rail link more than a century later. Starting near Nottingham, Rob is taken aback by the scale of demolition and excavation needed to build this line through the city. Around Loughborough, Rob catches up with the major project that is now rebuilding bridges and 500 yards of track in order to link two heritage lines and restore a 20-mile section of the old route. He also visits Leicester Central station - once derelict but now set for a new life as a bowling alley

Walking Britain's Lost Railways -:- Starting out from the Regency splendour of Cheltenham, Rob Bell crosses the Cotswolds, following the 46-mile route of the Banbury and Cheltenham Direct Railway. The line passes many quarries, all producing the famous Cotswold stone - some now abandoned and some still supplying stone to sites like Hampton Court. With numerous hills to negotiate, this railway was never an express route, but it did open up this landscape to visitors for the first time. From the late 1800s, tourists piled in by rail to explore picture postcard villages like Bourton-on-the-Water, establishing a new local 'industry'

Walks Around Britain -:- Andrew White treks up The Great Orme in North Wales and beside a railway in West Yorkshire

Weatherman Walking: The Welsh Coast -:- Derek Brockway's walk in Cardigan Bay has something for everyone. For the first half he's at one with nature as he explores one of Britain's largest and oldest raised peat bogs. His route then takes him to a unique railway museum, filled with nostalgia and he also discovers the legend of Cantre Gwaelod at Sarn Cynfelyn where the shingle spit stretches an incredible 11kms out to sea. He finishes at the university town of Aberystwyth with its Victorian cliff-top pleasure park, complete with camera obscura. Derek also has a go at paddle-boarding - which has its challenges

When Big Things Go Wrong -:- The catastrophic result of some of the world's worst engineering disasters caught on tape, examining their likely causes. This episodes recalls an incident 37,000ft over Iowa, when a DC-10 airplane exploded mid-flight. The quick-thinking pilot crash-landed, saving the lives of 184 passengers. How could the disaster happen and what connection do the answers share with the infamous Concorde crash, a fatal British skyscraper fire, and a North Dakota train derailment?

Wild Wind (1985) -:- During the Second World War, a special Allied unit is formed to destroy a Nazi armoured train that has been terrorising the Yugoslavian countryside. Adventure, starring Jay North, George Montgomery and Dusan Janicijevic

World's Most Scenic Railway Journeys -:- A journey through Sicily that takes in seven Unesco World Heritage sites, with the first stop being a visit to a castle whose baron was inspired by Hampton Court. There's a meeting in Modica with Sicily's most famous chocolatier, a trip on the unique railway that travels around Etna, and a visit to Ragusa, a baroque-inspired city famous for its beauty and for its spiral railway that travels within a mountain

World's Most Scenic Railway Journeys -:- A trip through Devon to the tip of Cornwall, going back in time to recapture the golden age of luxury train travel. Travelling in the elegantly restored Statesman, passengers relax in its vintage carriages and enjoy the exquisite service. The first stop is on the stunning Devon coast, which suffered devastating destruction during the heavy winter storms of 2014. From Dawlish, it heads to Cornwall and across the Royal Albert Bridge, a masterpiece of railway engineering

World's Most Scenic Railway Journeys -:- Bill Nighy narrates a train journey across Sri Lanka along one of the world's best-preserved Victorian railways. The trip begins in the coastal city of Colombo and moves on to the country's cultural and spiritual heart in Kandy. The journey continues through a a very English town that produces some of the world's finest teas, coming to a stop at a hill station surrounded by tropical forests close to one of the world's most spectacular viaducts - the Nine Arch Bridge

World's Most Scenic Railway Journeys -:- Luxury heritage train The Northern Belle, aka steam locomotive 6201 Princess Elizabeth, travels through England's rural north-west. Beginning in Preston, the passengers of its stylish 1930s Pullman carriages are soon whisked up through Cumbria and the spectacular landscapes of the Lake District. The train continues on to historic Carlisle, the site of a world-class medieval cathedral and home to supposedly England's most haunted station. It then joins the Settle to Carlisle line, considered one of the most scenic railway routes in the world

World's Most Scenic Railway Journeys -:- The West Highland Line is one of the world's truly legendary train routes, crossing spectacular Scottish moors and mountains as it heads towards Skye. Starting in Glasgow, it glides towards Loch Lomond, the world's largest inland stretch of water. It then sweeps north to enter the wild and windswept landscape of Rannoch Moor. After ascending to Corrour, Britain's highest station, the journey passes Ben Nevis, the UK's tallest mountain and then across the famous Glenfinnan viaduct. The coastal town of Mallaig is gateway to the Isle of Skye with its world-famous Highland cuisine and many breathtaking views

Y Brodyr Adrenalini -:- The brothers end up driving on a railway track instead of the road


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