Griff returns with another Great Australian Rail Trip tonight on ABC

 
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  8077 Chief Train Controller

Location: Crossing the Rubicon
What locomotive is in the article?

look forward to watching this and then my recording of MAFS

Griff returns with another Great Australian Rail Trip tonight on ABC

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  Fatty Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
What locomotive is in the article?

look forward to watching this and then my recording of MAFS

Griff returns with another Great Australian Rail Trip tonight on ABC
8077
QPSR's PB15 448 maybe? http://www.qpsr.org/about-the-train.html
  M636C Minister for Railways

Just what we need...

Two British comedians trying to explain Australia to a disinterested British audience in quick succession on separate channels...

Peter
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Just what we need...

Two British comedians trying to explain Australia to a disinterested British audience in quick succession on separate channels...

Peter
M636C
Indeed and Griff is no Michael Portillo. I tuned into the first episode with great anticipation because i have seen Griff on various UK shows and of course because it was about Australia Railway journeys but it left me really flat. I actually found it quite boring in parts and didn't return for ep 2. I am not sure his style suits that kind of show.

***edit*** I should add that all of the above is my opinion of course before the lynch mob goes looking for the pitch forks.......
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Good to see our great train trips showcased.
  Big J Deputy Commissioner

Location: In Paradise
You are right Brenton, it is all a matter of opinion and taste. I like Griff's show. As others said the primary audience is the UK market. It helps to generate interest hopefully one or two will decide to spend some money in this land.

I really liked his Slow train through Africa series. Not many mainstream TV shows cover rail activity in that part of the world. The exception is Chris Tarrant. Now that is a polarising presenter. I do like his show as it has more rail related scenes compared to Great Journeys. But his style can be grating.
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
You are right Brenton, it is all a matter of opinion and taste. I like Griff's show. As others said the primary audience is the UK market. It helps to generate interest hopefully one or two will decide to spend some money in this land.

I really liked his Slow train through Africa series. Not many mainstream TV shows cover rail activity in that part of the world. The exception is Chris Tarrant. Now that is a polarising presenter. I do like his show as it has more rail related scenes compared to Great Journeys. But his style can be grating.
Big J
I watched Griff again this week and liked this ep more than the WA one that I saw a few weeks back (?). Watched Portillo doing the Ghan straight afterwards (again) and still prefer Michael but each to their own

And I agree re Tarrant, I love his stuff, I think he aims a bit more at rail enthusiasts with his content whereas the others are aiming for a broader audience so dumb it down a bit.

Anyhoo the more rail content on the box the better, who would have thunk it that there would be such a wide range of options to choose from!
  craigfitz1 Train Controller

You are right Brenton, it is all a matter of opinion and taste. I like Griff's show. As others said the primary audience is the UK market. It helps to generate interest hopefully one or two will decide to spend some money in this land.

I really liked his Slow train through Africa series. Not many mainstream TV shows cover rail activity in that part of the world. The exception is Chris Tarrant. Now that is a polarising presenter. I do like his show as it has more rail related scenes compared to Great Journeys. But his style can be grating.
I watched Griff again this week and liked this ep more than the WA one that I saw a few weeks back (?). Watched Portillo doing the Ghan straight afterwards (again) and still prefer Michael but each to their own

And I agree re Tarrant, I love his stuff, I think he aims a bit more at rail enthusiasts with his content whereas the others are aiming for a broader audience so dumb it down a bit.

Anyhoo the more rail content on the box the better, who would have thunk it that there would be such a wide range of options to choose from!
BrentonGolding
Yes, I am delightfully surprised at the ongoing level of interest that programmers have in railways; and in prime time to boot.

All three of Portillo, Tarrant and Griff have something to offer, and I am happy to while away an hour with any of them. I must say though that I do like Chris Tarrant searching out some of the lesser known journeys.

I sometimes wonder just what is left to cover! Perhaps great metro systems of the world? (or is that already done?)
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Love Tarrant, can't warm to Portillo's efforts. Today I watched the first 3 episode's of Griff's show on iView (due to flooding putting paid to more normal pursuits) and was very pleasant surprised by the mix of train travel and other activities (some of which did have me baffled). Looking forward to more...
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
You are right Brenton, it is all a matter of opinion and taste. I like Griff's show. As others said the primary audience is the UK market. It helps to generate interest hopefully one or two will decide to spend some money in this land.

I really liked his Slow train through Africa series. Not many mainstream TV shows cover rail activity in that part of the world. The exception is Chris Tarrant. Now that is a polarising presenter. I do like his show as it has more rail related scenes compared to Great Journeys. But his style can be grating.
I watched Griff again this week and liked this ep more than the WA one that I saw a few weeks back (?). Watched Portillo doing the Ghan straight afterwards (again) and still prefer Michael but each to their own

And I agree re Tarrant, I love his stuff, I think he aims a bit more at rail enthusiasts with his content whereas the others are aiming for a broader audience so dumb it down a bit.

Anyhoo the more rail content on the box the better, who would have thunk it that there would be such a wide range of options to choose from!
Yes, I am delightfully surprised at the ongoing level of interest that programmers have in railways; and in prime time to boot.

All three of Portillo, Tarrant and Griff have something to offer, and I am happy to while away an hour with any of them. I must say though that I do like Chris Tarrant searching out some of the lesser known journeys.

I sometimes wonder just what is left to cover! Perhaps great metro systems of the world? (or is that already done?)
craigfitz1

'I sometimes wonder just what is left to cover! Perhaps great metro systems of the world? (or is that already done?)'.

There was an eminently forgettable doco about Metro and Flinders Street a few months ago, the highlight of which was some poor woman cleaning up a heap of vomit on a train. I think that it was one of a series but I did not pursue any of the others.
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
There was an eminently forgettable doco about Metro and Flinders Street a few months ago, the highlight of which was some poor woman cleaning up a heap of vomit on a train. I think that it was one of a series but I did not pursue any of the others.
YM-Mundrabilla
Because nobody wants to clean up vomit, let alone watch someone else doing it! Pretty sure I'd be the cause of more vomit to be cleaned up if I did...
  Big J Deputy Commissioner

Location: In Paradise

'I sometimes wonder just what is left to cover! Perhaps great metro systems of the world? (or is that already done?)'.

There was an eminently forgettable doco about Metro and Flinders Street a few months ago, the highlight of which was some poor woman cleaning up a heap of vomit on a train. I think that it was one of a series but I did not pursue any of the others.
YM-Mundrabilla
There are some already, particularly based on London.

eg the TV series London Underground and The Tube: Going Underground.

There were spin-offs on Paddington etc.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Tarrant definitely gets off the beaten track and has more rail content, but he needs to be reminded that the British Empire died a long time ago.

Gave up on Portillo long before he got to Australia.  

Watched Griff for the first time last night which was predictably disappointing - even my son, who's #nottagunzel, said "where's the trains?"  

I would have thought the street running at Rocky or some cane trains would have been more interesting, even to a wider audience, than a 5-minute lecture on bull sperm?
  DM45 Station Master

Location: Redland City
Tarrant definitely gets off the beaten track and has more rail content, but he needs to be reminded that the British Empire died a long time ago.

Gave up on Portillo long before he got to Australia.  

Watched Griff for the first time last night which was predictably disappointing - even my son, who's #nottagunzel, said "where's the trains?"  

I would have thought the street running at Rocky or some cane trains would have been more interesting, even to a wider audience, than a 5-minute lecture on bull sperm?
bingley hall
Griff's researchers are not up to the job. In Longreach, he was waffling on about the poem "The Women of the West", written by Henry Lawson when it was actually written by George Essex Evans from Toowoomba.

If he had bothered to visit the Stockman's Hall of Fame, he would have seen the poem written on a granite slab in the park near the entrance.

But then I suppose it's not unusual to let the facts get in the way of a good story.
  n459L1150 Train Controller

Location: at sunbury on a V/line service into melbourne, waiting for thousands of impatient people to get on

'I sometimes wonder just what is left to cover! Perhaps great metro systems of the world? (or is that already done?)'.

There was an eminently forgettable doco about Metro and Flinders Street a few months ago, the highlight of which was some poor woman cleaning up a heap of vomit on a train. I think that it was one of a series but I did not pursue any of the others.There are some already, particularly based on London.

eg the TV series London Underground and The Tube: Going Underground.

There were spin-offs on Paddington etc.
Big J
Oh I LOVE those shows!!
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Watched the first episode last night from Perth to Rawlinna and enjoyed it immensely.  Griff has a vastly different style to Michael and I am not sure it is as good.

Quite impressed with the Super Pit at Kalgoorlie and the general history of the area.  

I shall look to the second episode tonight.

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