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.
Filmed in High-Definition! Tracks Ahead is a favorite among train enthusiasts because it gives rail fanatics a chance to visit exotic rail destinations. TRACKS AHEAD presents the best of steam locomotives, railroad stories, model trains, scenic rail journeys and art. It also appeals to the staunch ”railheads” as the program also features the technical aspect of trains and layouts.
Passionate about trains, Michael Portillo continues to chart the great British romance with the railways in this phenomenally successful series. Armed with his copy of George Bradshaw's famous railway handbook, he retraces four journeys that were first documented in the Victorian guide, witnessing what's changed and discovering how our love of the railways began. Throughout, he makes stops at some of Britain's most beautiful cities and secluded villages, meeting extraordinary people and hearing how their lives have been shaped by the railways.