Michael Portillo takes train journeys across Britiain, finding out how railways were used and the impact they have had on the places they link.
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From Ayr, Michael Portillo admires Ailsa Craig before getting to grips with curling.
From Greenock, Michael Portillo sets sail in the world's last seagoing paddle steamer.
Michael Portillo celebrates Victorian iron and steel in Motherwell.
In Stirling, Michael Portillo visits the scene of a bloody battle at Bannockburn.
In St Andrews, Michael Portillo pays homage to the birthplace of golf.
Michael Portillo travels on London's first underground railway, the Metropolitan Line.
Michael Portillo is invited aboard the construction locomotive for Crossrail.
Michael Portillo takes the high-speed line and explores the legacy of the Olympic Park.
Michael Portillo discovers how 19th-century engineering made for spectacular theatricals.
On the last of his journeys in the capital, Michael Portillo explores Albertopolis.
Michael Portillo gives an old engine a fresh start in the railway hub of Derby.
Michael Portillo explores the link between Boston, Lincolnshire and its American namesake.
Michael Portillo learns about the technology that made the Humber Bridge possible.
At Jarrow, Michael visits the monastery to learn about its famous monk, Bede.
Michael Portillo finds out about the world's earliest swing bridge and its inventor.
At Pembroke Dock, Michael visits the dockyard where Queen Victoria's yachts were built.
Michael Portillo learns about the Victorian signalling system still in place today.
Michael Portillo investigates a historic fire at Blenheim Palace.
Michael Portillo sees a pocket-size edition of Bradshaw's Companion at the Bodleian.
Michael begins in Oakham before heading east to Stamford and on to Cambridge University.