Railways of the Great War

World War I was a railway war. Michael Portillo finds out how the railways helped to precipitate a mechanised war, shaped how it was fought, conveyed millions to the trenches and bore witness to its end. He takes to historic tracks to rediscover the locomotives and wagons of the war that was supposed to end all war and hears the stories of the gallant men and women who used them in life and in death.

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Railways and Remembrance

Episode 1x05; Aug 8, 2014

In this final episode, Michael explores the aftermath of this earth-shattering conflict. For four years, the railways had fed the front line with vast numbers of men, munitions and supplies. But even after the armistice had been signed in a railway c

Previous Episodes

Episode NameAirdateTrailer
1x05: Railways and RemembranceAug 8, 2014
1x04: On Track to VictoryAug 7, 2014
1x03: Keeping the War MovingAug 6, 2014
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