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The Balloon Goes Up

Broadcast on Radio Bristol on 20 July 1977

29 MIN2016 JUL 12
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The Balloon Goes Up

Adrian Vaughan. The Greatest Railway Blunder.

Signalman and author Adrian Vaughan talks to Howard Benson about his book on railway privatisation and why he called it The Greatest Railway Blunder.

20 MIN2014 DEC 30
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Adrian Vaughan. The Greatest Railway Blunder.

Samuel Morton Peto. Part Two.

Samuel Morton Peto was one of the giants of Victorian Britain who left behind an impressive legacy, evidence of which can still be seen today. Born in 1809, he was an inspired entrepreneur who was, perhaps more than any other individual, responsible for establishing Britain's path to industrial capitalism. An active Member of Parliament, he was one of the most energetic pioneers of Free Trade and a new industrial, social order. To achieve this avant-garde vision, he borrowed and built everything from railways, docks, and harbours to factory towns, dormitory towns, Baptist chapels, dance halls and holiday resorts.

25 MIN2014 DEC 30
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Samuel Morton Peto. Part Two.

Samuel Morton Peto. Part One.

Railway signalman and author Adrian Vaughan talks to Howard Benson about his career and biography of Samuel Morton Peto, one of the railway builders of the Victorian Britain whose whose legacy can still be seen today. Recorded at Sheringham on the North Norfolk Railway in July 2009.

23 MIN2014 DEC 30
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Samuel Morton Peto. Part One.

David Shepherd. Part Two.

23 MIN2014 APR 4
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David Shepherd. Part Two.

David Shepherd. Part One.

A two part profile of the railway and wildlife artist David Shepherd recorded at the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway in 2009 on the 50th anniversary of the building of his 9F locomotive Black Prince.

22 MIN2014 APR 4
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David Shepherd. Part One.

Railways At War.

24 MIN2013 APR 25
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Railways At War.

The Unknown Warrior.

A report on an ambitious attempt to build an LMS Patriot class locomotive, none of which were saved for posterity in the 1960s. The Unknown Warrior will serve as a permanent memorial to all those who fought and died in the First World War and all subsequent conflicts. The enthusiasts behind the project have already built part of the engine at the Llangollen Railway and are hoping that when it's finished it will wow the crowds just as much as Tornado has done. They've been endorsed by the Royal British Legion and want The Unknown Warrior to be a National Memorial Engine similar to one built after the First World War.

24 MIN2013 APR 25
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The Unknown Warrior.

Alex Scott. Wartime Footplate Man. Part Five.

One of Alex's duties at Watford was working push and pull trains where the driver made the return journey from a compartment in the rear carriage. They ran between Watford Junction and St. Albans and also on the short branch from Harrow and Wealdstone to Stanmore via Belmont. The trains were used by men from the RAF base nearby and, according to Alex, used the trains for a little "pulling" of their own with willing participants from the Women's Auxiliary Air Force. Similar liasons took palce on the late night all stations service from Euston to Bletchley, so life had its lighter side for a wartime footplate man!

18 MIN2013 APR 24
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Alex Scott. Wartime Footplate Man. Part Five.

Alex Scott. Wartime Footplate Man. Part Four.

After working as a passed cleaner for about two years Alex transferred to Watford loco shed where he was promoted to fireman. After a while he took examinations to become a passed fireman qualifying him to be a driver. Much of the work at Watford was on freight and coal trains but they also had turns on the local stopping passenger trains between Euston and Bletchley. As he still lived with his parents near to Camden shed Alex was called out by the foreman there to work on expresses to the north and one unique loco he fired was the Turbomotive which had steam turbines instead of cylinders. His eyes were also opened by what one Bushey mother would do to keep her trackside house warm!

28 MIN2013 APR 24
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Alex Scott. Wartime Footplate Man. Part Four.

Latest Episodes

The Balloon Goes Up

Broadcast on Radio Bristol on 20 July 1977

29 MIN2016 JUL 12
Comments
The Balloon Goes Up

Adrian Vaughan. The Greatest Railway Blunder.

Signalman and author Adrian Vaughan talks to Howard Benson about his book on railway privatisation and why he called it The Greatest Railway Blunder.

20 MIN2014 DEC 30
Comments
Adrian Vaughan. The Greatest Railway Blunder.

Samuel Morton Peto. Part Two.

Samuel Morton Peto was one of the giants of Victorian Britain who left behind an impressive legacy, evidence of which can still be seen today. Born in 1809, he was an inspired entrepreneur who was, perhaps more than any other individual, responsible for establishing Britain's path to industrial capitalism. An active Member of Parliament, he was one of the most energetic pioneers of Free Trade and a new industrial, social order. To achieve this avant-garde vision, he borrowed and built everything from railways, docks, and harbours to factory towns, dormitory towns, Baptist chapels, dance halls and holiday resorts.

25 MIN2014 DEC 30
Comments
Samuel Morton Peto. Part Two.

Samuel Morton Peto. Part One.

Railway signalman and author Adrian Vaughan talks to Howard Benson about his career and biography of Samuel Morton Peto, one of the railway builders of the Victorian Britain whose whose legacy can still be seen today. Recorded at Sheringham on the North Norfolk Railway in July 2009.

23 MIN2014 DEC 30
Comments
Samuel Morton Peto. Part One.

David Shepherd. Part Two.

23 MIN2014 APR 4
Comments
David Shepherd. Part Two.

David Shepherd. Part One.

A two part profile of the railway and wildlife artist David Shepherd recorded at the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway in 2009 on the 50th anniversary of the building of his 9F locomotive Black Prince.

22 MIN2014 APR 4
Comments
David Shepherd. Part One.

Railways At War.

24 MIN2013 APR 25
Comments
Railways At War.

The Unknown Warrior.

A report on an ambitious attempt to build an LMS Patriot class locomotive, none of which were saved for posterity in the 1960s. The Unknown Warrior will serve as a permanent memorial to all those who fought and died in the First World War and all subsequent conflicts. The enthusiasts behind the project have already built part of the engine at the Llangollen Railway and are hoping that when it's finished it will wow the crowds just as much as Tornado has done. They've been endorsed by the Royal British Legion and want The Unknown Warrior to be a National Memorial Engine similar to one built after the First World War.

24 MIN2013 APR 25
Comments
The Unknown Warrior.

Alex Scott. Wartime Footplate Man. Part Five.

One of Alex's duties at Watford was working push and pull trains where the driver made the return journey from a compartment in the rear carriage. They ran between Watford Junction and St. Albans and also on the short branch from Harrow and Wealdstone to Stanmore via Belmont. The trains were used by men from the RAF base nearby and, according to Alex, used the trains for a little "pulling" of their own with willing participants from the Women's Auxiliary Air Force. Similar liasons took palce on the late night all stations service from Euston to Bletchley, so life had its lighter side for a wartime footplate man!

18 MIN2013 APR 24
Comments
Alex Scott. Wartime Footplate Man. Part Five.

Alex Scott. Wartime Footplate Man. Part Four.

After working as a passed cleaner for about two years Alex transferred to Watford loco shed where he was promoted to fireman. After a while he took examinations to become a passed fireman qualifying him to be a driver. Much of the work at Watford was on freight and coal trains but they also had turns on the local stopping passenger trains between Euston and Bletchley. As he still lived with his parents near to Camden shed Alex was called out by the foreman there to work on expresses to the north and one unique loco he fired was the Turbomotive which had steam turbines instead of cylinders. His eyes were also opened by what one Bushey mother would do to keep her trackside house warm!

28 MIN2013 APR 24
Comments
Alex Scott. Wartime Footplate Man. Part Four.
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