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One hundred and fifty years ago, on 31 August, 1835, a railway bill ended its tortuous journey through Parliament, and the Great Western Railway was bom. Anthony Burton follows in the footsteps of Isambard Kingdom Brunel to tell of the 'Little Giant' and 'The finest work in England'.
Ray Gosling wanders off the tracks and through six counties between London and Bristol to discover why the Great Western was said to be 'of a piece' with the territory it served. The young Queen Victoria, Oscar Wilde, Sir John Betjeman, the 'Young Gentleman of Eton' and a modern-day musical, all play a part in this
Great Western Journey. Produced by Barry Bevins BBC Manchester (R)
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