Lives On The Lines
By Greater Anglia and the East Anglia Community Rail Partnerships
Take an audible journey by train and meet fascinating people living and working across our Great Anglian landscape.
We’ll explore majestic coastlines, the phenomenal wildlife of broads and fens, breathtaking cathedral cities and magical market towns, meeting the people that make East Anglia such a unique and special place to live and visit.
The Community Rail Partnerships invite you to travel six of Greater Anglia’s rural branch rail lines across Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire in this audible adventure.
The railways have connected communities and counties across Britain for nearly two centuries, and that time has seen enormous innovation in the trade, work opportunities and lifestyles of the British people. Rail has tracked our lives through innovation, migration, boom and bust, and today the Greater Anglia rural branch lines connect communities here for work, days out and enjoying the beautiful East Anglian landscape.
Settle in for a listen and enjoy a journey through history, culture, art and nature…. it might just inspire a few adventures of your own!
Lives on the Lines is created on behalf of the Community Rail Partnerships with Greater Anglia.
Presented and produced by Katharine Kerr for Fresh Air Production.
You can explore travel along the branch lines and the brilliant work of Community Rail Partnerships
Saltwater, sails and saving nature along the Wherry LinesBeginning our journey in Lowestoft in this episode we head North to explore the chain of lines known as the Wherry Lines. Find out about the wild animals returning to nature and “The Switzerland of Norfolk”: a paradise garden that once attracted 60,0…
Fens, Bears and Eels along the Hereward LineFrom a famous Anglo-Saxon rebel fighter, to slippery eels and a dancing bear,there’s plenty to explore along Greater Anglia’s Hereward Line. In the first episode of Lives on the Lines, the adventure begins with a railway journey across the Cambridge…
Kings, Country and Concertos along the East Suffolk LinesWhat unites romantic sea mists, Green Men, haunting musical scores and Anglo-Saxon Kings? It’s Greater Anglia’s East Suffolk Lines! Get comfy for a tour through one of England’s most magical and diverse landscapes by train. From Felixstowe pass thr…
Artists, Witch hunts and Puritans along the Mayflower LineJoin a haunting journey along the River Stour in Essex and find out about a wicked ‘witch’ murderer, and extraordinary holiday home and a port town’s vital connection to modern democracy. This episode’s adventure follows Greater Anglia’s Mayflower Li…
Steam, Dragons and Landscape Painting along the Gainsborough LineMeet beautiful steam trains, traverse ancient orchards and find out how a dragon – or alligator – found its way to an East Anglian village! We’ll hear about local life and legend in the landscape that inspired one of England’s most influential painte…
Folklore, Fossils and Fishing along the Bittern LineIn the final leg of our journey we uncover the secrets of Norwich, explore leisure on the water, walk in the footsteps of mammoths and uncover an age-old knitting tradition amongst fishing families. It’s all to be discovered, and so much more, along…
Lives On The Lines TrailerTake an audible journey by train and meet fascinating people living and working across our Great Anglian landscape. We’ll explore majestic coastlines, the phenomenal wildlife of broads and fens, breathtaking cathedral cities and magical market towns…