Michael Portillo has now made two series of ‘Great British Railway Journeys’, which have aired to great acclaim in BBC2’s early-evening slot. In each episode Portillo takes a train journey, looking at places along the route, and he uses as his guide ‘Bradshaw’s Tourist Handbook’, a pioneering guidebook for travellers published in 1866.
A facsimile edition of Bradshaw’s Handbook of 1863, the book that inspired the BBC television series ‘Great British Railway Journeys’.When Michael Portillo began the series ‘Great British Railway Journeys’, a well-thumbed 150-year-old book shot back to fame. The original Bradshaw’s guides had been well known to Victorian travellers and were produced when the British railway network was at its peak and as tourism by rail became essential. It was the first national tourist guide specifically organized around railway journeys, and this beautifully illustrated facsimile edition offers a glimpse through the carriage window at a Britain long past.
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