Historian and archetypal Englishman Julian Davidson travels from the frozen wastes of Norway to the sunny shores of the Italian Adriatic coast, sampling the delights of some of the most dramatic and fascinating railway journeys in Europe. In Norway he explores the capital Oslo before boarding the superfast intercity express train towards Bergen. This takes him high into the ice fields, crossing the highest point of any European railway. He takes a detour onto on one of the most spectacular pieces of track anywhere in the world called the Flamsbana, and then continues on to Bergen where he visits the home of composer Edvard Grieg. Vienna is Julian's next port of call where he tours the world famous Ringstrasse and Shonbrunne Palace, discovering the facts behind the staggering wealth and achievements of Emperor Franz Joseph's Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Alpha Seven is the brainchild of Pete Roberts, formerly keyboard player of early eighties norwich popsters Testcard F. by day a mild - mannered computer technician, he transforms by night into club promoter (co-running the Ambient Sofa nights), record label boss (Sofacom, releasing an album's worth of "Great Lift Journeys of Norwich"), and also writing music as Alpha Seven and other guises.
Michael Portillo travels on the great train routes of Europe, as he retraces the journeys featured in George Bradshaw's 1913 Continental Railway Guide.
Timothy West and Prunella Scales embark on spectacular canal journeys across Britain and abroad.