TV viewers in the South of England have been enjoying this great series of eight programmes made for ITV Meridian, exploring the paths of old railway lines.
Along These Lines explores disused rail tracks and stations reconnecting people, places and moments in time. In the process, we uncover one of Britain's greatest natural heritages.
Presenter Hannah Shellswell walks the disused rail tracks, sometimes alone, sometimes in conversation.
Our journey takes us across contrasting landscapes to some of the most beautiful parts of the South and South East of England.
From unique nature reserves and public footpaths to the abandoned and completely wild former tracks and stations.
Part social history, part industrial archaeology, the series is a travel programme too, touching different counties and unearthing local characters and the area's industrial past; the personal stories and a way of life.
In the course of her journey, Hannah learns many things - local and anecdotal, historical and significant. But, essentially, it's the story of people; some well-known names crop up - like Dr. Beeching, whose damning report axed so many lines and stations in the sixties, or did history blame the wrong man?
Longmoor Military Railway
Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway
The Hawkhurst Branch
Meon Valley Railway
East Kent Railway
The Sprat & Winkle Line
Isle of Wight Railway