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More on railway jounries by msufke on 29 November 2002 9:45pm

I just read the threads on the railway journies and was thinking about asking "santa" to order the Irish rail journey for Xmas--but now that I've read the thread I am guessing that there is an entire series rather than just the Irish train video. Can anyone offer a "complete list"--and more to the point if there are more--wil they be available here?
Re: More on railway jounries by ellenpc on 29 November 2002 11:10pm
Hi msufke,

as far as I know Michael has made two rail journey programmes. Firstly "Confessions of a Train Spotter" in which he travelled from his home in London right up through England to Scotland. The second is "Great Railway Journeys" a journey from Derry to Kerry in Ireland where as part of the journey Michael is searching for information of his great grandmother Brita Gallagher who left Ireland 150 years ago due to the potato famine.

I know the second is still available at Amazon.co.uk but not sure about the earlier one.

The Irish journey was part of a series of journeys made by various noted people.

I really enjoyed both and am still trying to get a copy of the first journey.

Best of luck, hope this helps,

Ellen x

P.S.Hi :-} Welcome to the party here, I don't think we've met. :-}}}}]
Re: More on railway jounries by Jazzbasser on 30 November 2002 3:22am
It would seem that Michael's "Great Railway Journey" through Ireland is being shown today (30-11-02), at 1pm on BBC2. Set your video's!
Re: More on railway jounries by little-peep on 1 December 2002 8:49pm
I watched the 'great railway journey' programme on saterday. I thought it really nice he went around an area close to home for a change! But, i did feel moved by the fact he was trying to trace his great-(great?)-grandma. At the end, when he realised there really wasn't anything more to help trace her, and it was a dead end, i became a bit sentimental, as did he i think!

Does anyone know if, since then, he has found out any more about his ansestor (why do i use these big words, when i know they're probaly spelt wrong?!). it was probaly in another programme loads of you have seen, but, i would really like to know. thanks
Re: More on railway jounries by ellenpc on 2 December 2002 10:44am
Hiya little-peep,

more of the story is told in Michael's movie "American Friends,"in which he plays his own great grandfather who was a master at Oxford university.

It's a lovely film and Michael is superb as the very reserved and haughtily shy master. If you can get your hands on it I'd highly reccommend it. :-}
Re: More on railway jounries by RichB on 2 December 2002 7:17pm
The 'Confessions..' film was also part of the Great Railway Journeys series, the first one in fact, I managed to buy this off eBay for about a fiver, they are quite rare though and don't appear to often, keep your eyes peeled.
If you can also get hold of the books, again from eBay, they give much more background as do all Michael's books.
Re: More on railway jounries by little-peep on 2 December 2002 8:34pm
OK, i admit, im being picky now, but what is a 'master'from a university? is it a teacher/ lecturer?
it must be all that spam and marmite that clogged up my brain...french oral tomorrow. The word for 'hello' is 'hola', right?!
ps. a sad joke. i do really know that is spanish. im not that bad....yet!
Re: More on railway jounries by ellenpc on 2 December 2002 10:29pm
A lecturer...

Good luck for your French Oral...:-}}}}}}}}]

Au revoir (is that right??)

Ellen x

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