Part 5: The Great Japanese Train Ride
Documentary series in which Chris Tarrant explores the world’s most extreme railway lines. Chris journeys a thousand miles across Japan to find out if Japanese railways really are the best in the world. Along the way he meets one of the great architects of the bullet trains, a singing conductress and atomic bomb survivors who kept wartime trams running.
Chris attempts to cross the length of Cuba, the only island in the Caribbean to boast an extensive railway network, from Havana in the west to the far east of the island.
Chris continues his exploration of the world’s most extreme railway lines. Chris sets out to reach the northernmost railway station on Earth in an epic 2000-mile adventure from Moscow into Arctic Siberia.
TV and radio presenter Chris Tarrant journeys by rail through some of the world’s most challenging terrain.
Chris continues his exploration of the world’s most extreme railway lines. From the tiny coastal town of Tocopilla, Chris rides one of the steepest railways in the world as he scales the first 1,000 metres of the Andes.
In the first episode Chris begins with a trip from Bangkok in Thailand to Mandalay in Myanmar. Chris traces the route of the notorious Burma-Siam Railway, a 250-mile line built by the Japanese during the Second World War using enslaved Asian workers and Allied prisoners of war, visiting the famous site of the Bridge on the River Kwai along the way.