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C4 orders model railway series from Love Productions

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has commissioned a new series from Love Productions featuring a group of railway enthusiasts, engineers and volunteers as they attempt to build the longest model railway ...
April 18, 2017

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has commissioned a new series from Love Productions featuring a group of railway enthusiasts, engineers and volunteers as they attempt to build the longest model railway track ever constructed along the Great Glen Way in Scotland.

Hosted by Dick Strawbridge (pictured), the untitled series will finish the dream of Victorian engineers who wished to see the route from Fort William to Iverness completed. But competing rail companies of the day refused to work together and the route was never realized. Now, the British public is going to complete the job — in miniature — to appreciate the challenges, ingenuity and resourcefulness their forebeareres had to overcome.

Teams will work on different miles of the route that is divided into sections. They will have to figure out how to deal with inevitable problems by building bridges, helixes and pulley systems. The participants will work and live alongside the track as they go along as those working on the rail did in the past.

“Channel 4 specialist factual is about bringing subjects like history and engineering to life in spectacular, joyful and – frankly – slightly unhinged ways, and this epic undertaking promises to do exactly that,” said Rob Coldstream, commisioning editor factual, in a statement.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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