Michael Portillo films Great Railway Journeys
Former Conservative Minister, Michael Portillo, visited the Railway on Wed 9 June to film for his latest television series.
‘Great British Railway Journeys’ is a documentary series in which Mr Portillo travels the length and breadth of the country by train.
Having already enjoyed a successful first series, he visited the North Yorkshire Moors Railway to film for a second series which is to be broadcast on the BBC in the New Year.
‘Great British Railway Journeys’ sees him follow in the footsteps of the Victorian cartographer, George Bradshaw.
Bradshaw created the world’s first book of railway timetables in 1839, making sense of the services offered by Britain’s 150 competing rail companies. His yellow-bound guides were so common that to Victorians and Edwardians any timetable was known as “a Bradshaw”.
In making this second series, Mr Portillo started out in Newcastle, and went on to Chester-le-Street, South Shields, Durham and Darlington, before visiting Whitby and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
Travelling between Grosmont and Pickering, Mr Portillo talked to the NYMR’s Chris Cubitt, and with passengers.
The series finishes in Melton Mowbray