Documentary delves behind scenes at First Great Western
Some of the characters who work daily on the main commuter line connecting the far South West with the capital are to be showcased in a new documentary series.
Channel 5 series The Railway: First Great Western, airs tomorrow and aims to capture working life for one of Britain's largest train operators.
From St Ives in West Cornwall to the Plymouth depot and right up to Paddington, First Great Western employees are highlighted in the series.
Naturally, the last remaining silver service restaurant car and the overnight sleeper service feature heavily in the programme.
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Paul Tregillis, from Plymouth, has been a Pullman chef for six years and worked on the service for almost 20.
Film company Twofour, which is also behind Channel Four series Educating Yorkshire, spent a day filming behind the scenes in the fine dining cart.
"It's a great job, one of the best in the catering industry. You get a different day, every day," said the 38-year-old who features on the second episode of the series.
"The people that work there have been on the service for quite a number of years, it's like a family atmosphere.
"It [the filming] was a bit nerve-wracking but as soon as the shift got under way, it was just like a normal day.
"We had a couple of problems, one of the grills wasn't working, we had to work around that.
"We are definitely proud of what we do. You could speak to any one of the guys that work here and we all feel quite a lot of pride in what we do.
"I have always thought to myself that I am one of the only four in the country that works doing this service."
A range of the train operator's fleet features in the series, from small "request" trains that can be flagged down in the Westcountry to the iconic 125s.
The first episode includes a visit to Penzance with maintenance engineer Will Ginieres working against the clock in an attempt to get 11 trains ready for service in the morning.
Plymouth-based Production company Twofour described the series as "unique".
"The series will delve behind the scenes to capture the inside story of an industry that continues to grow, featuring a team of dedicated drivers, managers, ticket inspectors and technicians," said a spokesman.
"Packed full of personality, humour and heritage, First Great Western will offer an insight into one of the country's most iconic companies and a unique prism through which to take a fresh look at everyday life in contemporary Britain."