Next Episode of Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways is
Chris Tarrant continues his exploration of the worldʼs most extreme railway lines.
Boarding a train in Budapest, Chris takes a mid-winter trip through Transylvania in search of the truth behind the story of Dracula and to find out how well the region's railway networks - which were meticulously described in Bram Stoker's 1897 classic novel - survived. Along the way he visits a place that is claimed to be the world's spookiest wood, stops off at the birthplace of the gruesome Vlad the Impaler and heads to Bucharest to look at the vast edifices of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.
Chris travels through Turkey, reflecting on the achievements of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk - the founder of the republic who oversaw the modernisation of the country and its railways. He begins his journey at Istanbul railway station, the starting point of the Marmaray rail tunnel, which passes beneath the Bosphorus and was built to withstand earthquakes. He also visits Ankara and the volcanic spires of Cappadocia, before heading deep into the mountains and ending in the remote borderlands city of Kars.
Chris sets out on a mission to visit all four corners of Ireland in just six days, on an ageing network that has seen better days. His journey starts in the south-west at Cobh in Co Cork and his first stop is Blarney Castle, where Chris kisses the famous stone, before he heads to the west coast to ride on an old local line saved by an eccentric local millionaire. He heads to Dublin to visit the jail made famous by the Easter Rising, before ending in Belfast, where he ponders what the future may hold for the railways and for Ireland.
In Kenya, Chris explores the rapidly decaying "Lunatic Line" the most extraordinary railway project of the whole colonial era, that was famously troubled by mosquito infected swamps, hostile tribes, parched deserts and of course man-eating lions!
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