Railway Fame, Part One

This photograph needs some explaining. The little lady in pink wanted to be famous. She wanted to be a television star, if only for a few seconds. The three people behind her are a camera team for Michael Portillo’s Great Railway Journeys. Alas, the camera is pointed in entirely the wrong direction as far as the girl is concerned. She will have to wait a little longer for her television debut.

Entirely coincidentally, I happened to be at another railway station just a little further up the line the next day, catching a train home with my bike, when noticed the same trio setting up their camera on a bridge. I wanted to be famous television star, if only for a few seconds. So I took a prime spot on the platform, with nothing between me and the camera. And I shall be on television! The little girl will be so jealous when she sees me…

I’ve always liked Portillo’s Railway Journeys. His 2019 series from Asia was particularly spectacular. Travel shows from exotic locations are a bit think on the ground now, thanks to the pandemic. We’ve been reduced to the point where Joanna Lumley and Michael Palin are doing new series looking back at their old series, with a few never seen before clips thrown in as a treat. I love hearing old travel stories. But I prefer making my own.

This is a good Railway Fame story. There is also a sad one. Next week.

8 thoughts on “Railway Fame, Part One

  1. The rail stops: I take it the train backs out after it fills with people? Is that common? We don’t have much for passenger trains here in Ohio but the ones I’ve looked at are all pass through boarding stops.

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    1. Weymouth is the end of the line. So yes, when the train departs it will go out backwards, if you like. Five carriages leave but they’ll be attached to five more about an hour up the line and then enter Waterloo as a ten car about two hours after that.

      They’re all electric trains,so they’re less fuss than the diesels regards what way they run. You just need a small drivers cab on the front of a few carriages and you can run all sorts of formations.

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  2. I looked up Weymouth on Goggle maps, the satellite photo shows a bit of history in the bay. At least two break walls that have been taken down at some time in the past. I like ‘end of the road’ places.

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