It’s Always But What About the Railways

It’s Always But What about the Railways features Michael Portillo, presenter of the popular BBC series: “Great Indian Railway Journeys”. In the series he guides the viewer with the aid of his trusted “1913 Bradshaw’s Handbook of Indian, Foreign and Colonial Travel” [sic]. The documentary is relaxed, yet well-informed. Whilst historically accurate, its content is highly selective. Though the Raj is constantly referred to, there is no mention of the close connection between the Anglo-Indian community and the railways despite the fact that the association was so close that the term “railway man” signified “Anglo-Indian” during this period.