Tim Dunn set to explore ‘The Architecture – The Railways Built’ in new TV series

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The Architecture The Railways Built Tim Dunn

Railway historian, Tim Dunn, is set to star in his very own TV show from this week, as he explores the different architecture that was built by the railways around the world.

The Architecture, The Railways Built, starts on Tuesday 28th April at 8 pm, on Yesterday Channel.

Network Rail, TOCs, Rail Delivery Group, TfL, museums, building conservation organisations amongst others came together to help produce this tv series.

The Ffestiniog Railway, London King’s Cross, Rotterdam, and other architecture all feature in the series, which is ten episodes long.

RailAdvent has been lucky enough to see a full preview of the first episode, and we loved watching every minute of it.

In the first episode, Tim Dunn visits the new Rotterdam’s Centraal station and meets the man who designed the striking design. He also heads to London to visit the disused Down Street station in Mayfair to learn of its history, including its role during World War II, and how the design features are repeated at other underground stations.

Tim Dunn told RailAdvent:

I really thought it would be an impossible programme to make. But we did it. Having filmed it last summer – and now with virtual lockdown – it feels good to be able to share so many places and stories that wouldn’t otherwise be accessible.. There is so much love and joy for the railways in the series, and so many private passions are revealed.

The 10 episodes are a glorious celebration of more than 40 individual stories from across Europe, rather than a niche technical history of railway architecture

A trailer can be viewed below:


The Architecture, The Railways Built, is on Yesterday every Tuesday at 8 pm (repeated on Saturday at 11 pm). It will also be available on the UKTV Play service.

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10 COMMENTS

  1. I followed Tim Dunn on Twitter and he is such a brilliant railway historian, railway enthusiast and presenter. Brilliant man he is. Can’t wait to watch his new TV program on Yesterday Channel.

  2. Having seen the first two episodes of The Architecture the Railway’s built, I am eagerly looking forward to the next one. Very informative and brilliantly presented by Tim Dunn.
    Hope Tim can do some more Railway program presenting.
    Ted .

  3. By far the most interesting thing in the first programme was the Bennerley viaduct and its construction but neither you nor the synopsis in the television guide mentioned it. Why not?

  4. I love Tim Dunn’s new TV programme but please, can he refrain from taking in deep breaths between sentences. Breathe through the nose, not through the mouth when public speaking. It is most annoying when amplified through the TV speakers. And a bit less inane grinning at the camera please. Otherwise, keep up the good work Tim.

  5. hiya, awesome programmes and ideas, if Tim is excited by the sound of bells, please let him visit Gainsborough model Railway, Lincolnshire, it is a truly amazing sight and sound and the people who run it are authentic railway!
    Luv dougie x

  6. At episode 8 catching up. Very enjoyable. Has anyone kept a tally of the # items featuring Tim Dunn at the location and where he isn’t.

  7. Can I say that enjoy Tim’s programme about the Architecture that built the Railways. However, has Tim ever visited Middleton Railway in Hunslet in Leeds? All around there are buildings involved with the first railway. Middleton railway was started in the coal pits by Charles Brandling, in 1758. This railway is always overlooked. It is still the oldest working railway in the world and it would be nice to recognise it as such.

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