The Architecture The Railways Built - Series 3 on UKTV's Yesterday channel

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As noted in another thread, Series 3 has started this week. We're always keen to hear whether what you liked or would like to see in future; audience feedback has been very important in shaping what we do. These were all filmed during winter lockdowns, so you may notice a few unusual situations or times when we were restricted in what we wanted to do vs what we were able to do. So many people across the railways and heritage locations said "yes", because they were so keen to share the places they love.

So - in addition to the two series (20 eps total) here come 10 hour-long episodes featuring:

1. Monday 13 Sept - now online to watch on UKTV play
Newcastle: Newcastle Central*, Water Tower, High Level Bridge.
Ayrshire, Scotland: Ballochmyle Viaduct (Britain’s tallest) and Laigh Milton Viaduct
Oberweißbacher Bergbahn in Germany
*Someone has already taken me to task over saying something whilst out in the field about railway cities, then including Swindon in a spur-of-moment list, when clearly it's a town, cheers ;)
Also you may be pleased to know that we have subsequently sorted the retrieval and saving of the historic NER signal box objects that I rediscovered.



2. Monday 20 Sept, 8pm
Wharncliffe Viaduct and “Three Bridges” in West London (Brunel’s first and last), plus Brentford Docks of the GWR
Ballater Station in Royal Deeside, Scotland
Rossio Station, Portugal

3. Monday 27 Sept
Charing Cross Station and Hungerford Bridge in London
Ordsall Chord in Manchester
Boras, Southwest Sweden


4. Monday 4 Oct
Bramhope Tunnel in West Yorkshire (inc sighting tower, shaft, night track trip on a track-rat, memorial in churchyard)
Fawley Hill in Henley-on-Thames, Buckinghamshire
Dresden Station in Dresden, Germany


5. Monday 11 Oct
Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire (lots of buildings, inc funicular opened up especially during covid for maintenance and us)
Brislington tram depot, Bristol
Aleksandrow Kujawski, Poland


6. Monday 18 Oct
Bishopstone, Sussex (both stations and pill-boxes exploration on roof)
Selby Diversion, North Yorkshire
Stockholm, Sweden


7. Monday 25 Oct
Deptford Viaduct, London (various structures inc some beer tasting)
Alnwick, Northumberland
The Zampach Viaduct in the Czech Republic


8. Monday 1 Nov
Stoke Station and various structures of the North Staffs RLy, Staffordshire
Byker Viaduct, Newcastle
Elblag Canal in Poland


9. Monday 8 Nov
Margate and Ramsgate in Kent (inc Ramsgate TMD)
Mail Rail in London
Porto, Portugal


10. Monday 15 Nov
Curzon Street Station, Birmingham
Copenhagen
Bekonscot Model Village and Railway, Buckinghamshire - a very personal series end.
 
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There are quite a few subjects in there that look interesting to me. Will definitely be watching.
 

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I believe the young woman tour guide in Newcastle, Anna Unger, who accompanied Tim, is from Germany and am sure she said she worked as a tour guide there.

Did anyone else think she sounded much more Geordie than German? A great start to the new series anyway and Brislington Tram depot in Bristol will be of particular interest to me.
 
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I believe the young woman tour guide in Newcastle, Anna Unger, who accompanied Tim, is from Germany and am sure she said she worked as a tour guide there.

Did anyone else think she sounded much more Geordie than German?

Her accent was enthralling as she seemed to drift between the two! :lol:
 

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The water tower at Newcastle Central was interesting, but you didn't tell us whether they bought water from the public supply or sucked it out of the river for nothing!
 

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Looking forward to seeing inside Curzon Street (hopefully). It has featured in many programs over the years but nobody yet has opened the doors and gone in!
 

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Looking forward to seeing inside Curzon Street (hopefully).
I can't recall if the interior made the final edit. If not, I will post my own footage taken in there on twitter and youtube. It's nice to be able to do these projects for TV then give some extra context if the team can't squash it all in (we film far, far more than can ever be shown).


but you didn't tell us whether they bought water from the public supply or sucked it out of the river for nothing!

I have no idea! Whichever it was, it hasn't done it for a rather long time
 

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Have enjoyed both titles, The Architecture... and Secrets... .

A potential location for the overseas slot would be the railway bridge in Rendsburg, Schleswig-Holstein. Replaced an earlier structure at ground level as (military) traffic along the Kiel Canal grew, 42 meters high with a station only a few hundred meters away, and so the train runs around a loop (the part of town in the middle is called 'Schleife' ['loop'] as a result) to reach the station, which wasn't moved. Also has a transporter bridge underneath, which did run at an unchanged timetable - literally in cast iron - from 1913 until 2016, when it hit a ship. A new transporter finally arrived at the start of this month, so maybe in service by the end of the year. Oh, and the café underneath plays the national anthem of any passing ship as it goes under the bridge! (The previous largest ship that would fit down the canal - the cruise ship Norwegian Dream - actually had funnels that folded over to allow it to pass under the bridge).

It used to be possible to go up on the bridge as part of organized tours run by the town - I've done it - but I don't know if they still do that, or would for 'special purposes'.
 

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The water tower at Newcastle Central was interesting, but you didn't tell us whether they bought water from the public supply or sucked it out of the river for nothing!
Old 25inch:1mile maps on the National Library of Scotland site show a pump house on the NE corner of the station, but I assume the water tank was on the SW side of the station where there was a turntable and other loco facilities. The height of the railway above river level, tidal level changes and distance from the river bank would make pumping water from the river difficult, to say nothing of the poor state of the water in the C19th! I therefore suspect it was mains water that was used to fill the tank.
 

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Old 25inch:1mile maps on the National Library of Scotland site show a pump house on the NE corner of the station, but I assume the water tank was on the SW side of the station where there was a turntable and other loco facilities. The height of the railway above river level, tidal level changes and distance from the river bank would make pumping water from the river difficult, to say nothing of the poor state of the water in the C19th! I therefore suspect it was mains water that was used to fill the tank.
As the Tyne is tidal it is presumably salty, although maybe less so than the sea. I don't think filling locomotives with salt water would go down well.
 

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I caught episode 1 yesterday evening and thoroughly enjoyed it. It started particularly bemusingly with an advert for erectile disfunction which I hoped had nothing to do with the subject matter of the programme which was full of the most magnificent if aged erections, one of which has been standing proudly for over 200 years in the case of Laigh Milton Viaduct.
I really enjoy Tim Dunn’s boyish and infectious enthusiasm although wearing a long dangling scarf doesn’t quite meet the high viz health and safety criteria!
Keep up the good work Mr Dunn.
 

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The programme at 8pm (Mondays) is the new series but the one that follows at 9pm is a previous shown series.
 
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It's very nice to see an episode centred on Charing Cross. I think it often gets overshadowed because of its size and the diversion of lots of main line services to St Pancras, however there's still plenty to enjoy about it.
 

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This week's episode of The Architecture The Railways Built is number 6 of 10 in the present series.

Monday 18 Oct
  • Bishopstone, Sussex (both the stations - Art Deco and disused, and the old mill branch, PLUS a superb exploration of the WW2 pill-boxes disguised on the roof.)
  • Selby Diversion, North Yorkshire - featuring both Roger Bastin (lead engineer for the selby diversion bridges... What a genuine joy to hear from him) plus my chum Gareth Dennis, a contemporary permanent way engineer.
  • Stockholm, Sweden - what a cracking station.

You might enjoy these BR posters seen at Bishopstone - uncovered before our filming last December. Features Rail Riders when it was still the Great Rail Club.


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It's very nice to see an episode centred on Charing Cross. I think it often gets overshadowed because of its size and the diversion of lots of main line services to St Pancras, however there's still plenty to enjoy about it.
Just catching up with this series, and the Charing Cross episode was brilliant.

I've used the business function rooms in the hotel which are on the 1st floor, so up the lovely staircase, but sadly not been in the ballroom! There are windows with a nice view of the station concourse from the 1st floor too.
 

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Just catching up with this series, and the Charing Cross episode was brilliant.

I've used the business function rooms in the hotel which are on the 1st floor, so up the lovely staircase, but sadly not been in the ballroom! There are windows with a nice view of the station concourse from the 1st floor too.

Yes, I've had a cup of tea in the lounge before.

Would be improved with a couple of EPB's at the blocks of course !
 

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Seem to be repeating at 22:00 on Thursdays. And almost certainly coming round again in a couple of months.
 

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