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Amazing Railway Adventures with Nick Knowles: Romania, The Transylvania Express (Channel 5 Friday 6 October 2023)

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Amazing Railway Adventures with Nick Knowles: Romania, The Transylvania Express airs Friday 6 October 2023 on Channel 5.

What is this episode about

Nick is in Romania on a trip he calls “The Transylvania Express” for his latest installment of Railway Adventures.

Guests board a train in Cluj-Napoca, the capital of Transylvania, and travel to the abandoned Salina Turda salt mine. Aside from its obvious potential as the hideout for a villain in a James Bond movie, the vast underground cavern has recently been put to surprising new uses, such as an art gallery, funfair, and mini-golf course.

Nick visits Copsa Mica and meets the volunteers who are rehabilitating a narrow-gauge railway that ran for 45 miles before being shut down in 2001. He helps with the backbreaking work of replacing the sleepers and learns that a senior member of Britain’s Royal Family has also provided assistance.

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Nick travels further down the main line to learn about the Roma people of Romania. Nick visits the village of Brateiu and sees the traditional metalworking skills and prosperity there, but through a conversation with a Roma activist, he learns that many Roma live in poverty and social exclusion.

Nick travels to Sighisoara, where he learns about the town’s mediaeval fortress and the bloodthirsty Vlad the Impaler, who was born there, and sees how investment in Romania’s rail network is resulting in new track and tunnels.

After visiting one of the largest brown bear sanctuaries in the world, Nick returns to the train to try a traditional Romanian dill cake. Since Romania’s accession to the EU, bears have been legally protected, and 115 of them have found a new home at the sanctuary he visits. Previously, bears were used in circuses and as tourist attractions in restaurants.

Nick’s dream comes true at the trip’s end destination. Travel to Bran Castle in Romania, the setting for the Gothic horror novel Count Dracula by Bram Stoker. There’s a rumour that the fictional Vlad lived here, but there’s no proof that the actual Vlad ever went there. However, the legend endures, and the castle provides a thrilling conclusion to an eventful adventure.

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When can we see the episode

Amazing Railway Adventures with Nick Knowles: Romania, The Transylvania Express airs Friday 6 October 2023 at 9:00pm on Channel 5

Featured Image Credit: Channel 5

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