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.