Monday 13 Sep 2021
Hit railway TV series showcases history of iconic North East landmark
In tonight’s episode (Monday, 13 September) of ‘The Architecture the Railways Built’, presenter Tim Dunn explores the history of Newcastle’s High Level Bridge which spans the river Tyne.
The Grade I listed structure opened in 1849 and was designed by engineering pioneer Robert Stephenson. In this week’s episode, Tim gains exclusive access to the structure and explores its rich history and design.
Tonight’s episode also sees Tim pay a visit to a Victorian water tower at Newcastle Central station.
Paul Rutter, Route Director for Network Rail’s East Coast route, said: “High Level Bridge is truly iconic and has a fascinating history. It was great to have Tim on site and we look forward to viewers finding out more about this much loved landmark.”
Tim Dunn, Presenter, said: “We probably could have made an entire series about the historic railway architecture and engineering heritage of Newcastle! But the level of access we get to landmarks like Central Station and the High Level Bridge for this episode is really unique and it’s an absolute privilege for us to shine a light on some of these amazing places and structures like never before. I can’t thank Network Rail enough – the track walk on the top level of the High Level Bridge is something I shall never forget!”
David Horne, Managing Director at LNER, said: "We're proud of the cities, towns and communities we serve. It is fantastic that the history of LNER's Newcastle Central Station, a landmark that is a focal point for the local community is being recognised in this way, and the story of its heritage shared with many people beyond the city. Tim has a wonderful way of bringing to life the rich history of the railway and making it relevant to people now, and we look forward very much to seeing this on tv screens soon."
People can watch the first episode of series 3 tonight at 20:00 on Yesterday.
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