20 January 2014

'Great British Railway Journeys' visits Nottinghamshire

Michael Portillo's entertaining series, Great British Railway Journeys, has finally got around to visiting Nottinghamshire. Clutching his well-thumbed copy of Bradshaw's Railway Guide he starts the programme in Nottingham and a chat about the poet Henry Kirke White in the refined surroundings of Bromley House Library. His next stop is Mansfield station and the story behind the Robin Hood Line, which was created in the 1990s as part of the economic regeneration of the former Notts coalfield. He concludes his brief visit to the county with a visit to Welbeck Abbey to hear Derek Adlam describe the enigmatic 5th Duke of Portland and his extensive building works (including the famous tunnels) on the estate. The episode is still available to view on the BBC iPlayer:

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