Great Railway Journeys

Great Railway Journeys

1980 - 2003, Travel
Public figures travel the world by train.

Episode Guide

  • Great Railway Journeys - Singapore to Bangkok (Season 4 Episode 7)
    Season 4 Episode 7:

    Singapore to Bangkok

    Actor Stephen Tompkinson samples train travel of British colonial times as a passenger on the Eastern & Oriental Express.

  • Great Railway Journeys - St. Louis to Dogon Country (Season 4 Episode 6)
    Season 4 Episode 6:

    St. Louis to Dogon Country

    Danny Glover rides Africa's Bamako Express, stopping at the House of Slaves on Gorce Island and Mali's Dogon country.

  • Great Railway Journeys - Cuba (Season 4 Episode 5)
    Season 4 Episode 5:


    Hurricane Georges disrupts plans to cross Cuba by rail.

  • Great Railway Journeys - Los Mochis to Veracruz (Season 4 Episode 4)
    Season 4 Episode 4:

    Los Mochis to Veracruz

    The rail route through Copper Canyon and the Sierre Madre Mountains.

  • Great Railway Journeys - Tokyo to Kagoshima (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:

    Tokyo to Kagoshima

    Speeding through Japan on the 186-mph bullet-train and steam-powered trains with a cowboy theme; sushi bar.

  • Great Railway Journeys - Spain (Season 4 Episode 2)
    Season 4 Episode 2:


    Michael Portillo, former British Conservative politician, travels to childhood locales in Spain, revealing his family's troubled history.

  • Great Railway Journeys - Halifax to Porteau Cove With Chris Bonington (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:

    Halifax to Porteau Cove With Chris Bonington

    Photographer Chris Bonington travels from Nova Scotia to British Columbia.

  • Great Railway Journeys - From London to Arcadia (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    From London to Arcadia

    Nigerian novelist Ben Okri travels from London to Arcadia, Greece.

  • Great Railway Journeys - Mombasa to the Mountains of the Moon With Benedict Allen (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    Mombasa to the Mountains of the Moon With Benedict Allen

    Explorer Benedict Allen travels the "Lunatic Line" to the source of the White Nile.

  • Great Railway Journeys - The High Andes to Patagonia With Buck Henry (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    The High Andes to Patagonia With Buck Henry

    Buck Henry meets plastic surgeons and sleepwalking Welsh gauchos in Argentina.

  • Great Railway Journeys - Great Zimbabwe to Kilimatinde With Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    Great Zimbabwe to Kilimatinde With Henry Louis Gates Jr.

    Henry Louis Gates Jr. travels from Great Zimbabwe to Kilimatinde in Tanzania.

  • Great Railway Journeys - Aleppo to Aqaba With Alexei Sayle (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    Aleppo to Aqaba With Alexei Sayle

    Comedian Alexei Sayle travels from Aleppo to Aqaba.

  • Great Railway Journeys - Crewe to Crewe With Victoria Wood (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    Crewe to Crewe With Victoria Wood

    Victoria Wood travels the soon-to-be-privatized rail lines of Northern England and Scotland.

  • Great Railway Journeys - Karachi to the Khyber Pass (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    Karachi to the Khyber Pass

    Mark Tully crosses the Indian subcontinent on the Khyber Mail, from Karachi to the foot of Khyber Pass.

  • Great Railway Journeys - Santos to Santa Cruz (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    Santos to Santa Cruz

    Poet/novelist Lisa St. Aubin De Teran travels from Santos, Brazil, to Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

  • Great Railway Journeys - Derry to Kerry (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    Derry to Kerry

    Michael Palin traces his family roots while traveling through Ireland.

  • Great Railway Journeys - The Bolshoi Express (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    The Bolshoi Express

    Prima ballerina Natalia Makarova rides the Bolshoi Express from St. Petersburg to Tashkent with stops in Moscow and Volgograd.

  • Great Railway Journeys - Cape Town to the Lost City (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    Cape Town to the Lost City

    Journalist Rian Malan travels through South Africa, from Cape Town to the Lost City.

  • Great Railway Journeys - Hong Kong to Ulan Bator (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    Hong Kong to Ulan Bator

    Clive Anderson visits Mao's birthplace, the Confucian burial grounds of Qufu and Datong's Buddhist caves while traveling across China.

  • Great Railway Journeys - Changing Trains (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    Changing Trains

    Eric Robson travels first class on the Cisalpin from Paris to Montreux aboard the old Orient Express.

  • Great Railway Journeys - Three Miles High (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Three Miles High

    Miles Kington's South American train from Cruzco to La Paz climbs the Peruvian Andes to 15,000 feet.

  • Great Railway Journeys - Zambezi Express (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    Zambezi Express

    In Africa, historian Michael Wood travels from Cape Town to Victoria Falls aboard the Blue Train.

  • Great Railway Journeys - Confessions of a Train Spotter (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Confessions of a Train Spotter

    Michael Palin boards the Flying Scotsman steam locomotive and the Inner-City 25.

  • Great Railway Journeys - Deccan (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:


    Writer Brian Thompson witnesses a foreign passenger's view of paradise while traveling across southern India.

  • Great Railway Journeys - The Long Straight (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    The Long Straight

    British playwright/journalist Michael Frayn travels across Australia from Sydney to Perth.

  • Great Railway Journeys - Coast to Coast (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Coast to Coast

    Writer and TV reporter Ludovic Kennedy embarks on a cross-country tour of the United States.

  • Great Railway Journeys - India: East to West (Episode 26)
    Episode 26:

    India: East to West

    Ian Hislop travels from Calcutta, the former Indian capital of the British Raj, to the romantic desert forts of Rajasthan.