Along these Lines (2008)

Film crew standing on a train platform filming a train arriving

The crew filming the arrival of the Spitfire Train © Platform 14 Ltd

Executive Producer: Jamie Barratt

Series Director: Catherine Ryan

Production Company: Platform 14 Ltd.

Kent Locations: The East Kent Railway

Presenter Hannah Sewell walks, cycles and rides along the county’s disused rail tracks, discovering the stories of the people that live alongside them.

One episode follows the Hawkhurst branch, which ran from the village to Paddock Wood, passing through deeply wooded valleys and hilltop villages. During this episode Hannah retraced the steps of hop pickers who came here in droves; she hears from those who used to ride the line and meets an amusing husband and wife team, who live in the original station house at Cranbrook.

The East Kent Railway episode features Hannah’s attempts to unearth traces of this line with the help of some of the Kent colliery owners who built it. She takes a look at what remains of some of the collieries and hears from men who used to work there. She begins her journey on a train at Shepherdswell Station and end up along a track at Wingham, Canterbury Road, having visited many places of interest along the way.

The Hawkhurst Line episode will be shown on 4th May 2008, with the East Kent Line episode shown on the 18 May on ITV Meridian.


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