Thursday 4th April 2019: Windfall Films, the award-winning production company, part of Argonon Group, today announces the production of a brand-new factual series, Train Truckers. UKTV has pre-invested in the series and it will air on the broadcaster’s Yesterday channel later this year.
Over six episodes, Train Truckers follows the exploits of a family-run crew of heavy-haulage specialists as they race to transport the heaviest, longest and most precious locomotives around the world by road, rail and sea.
This ambitious series uses advanced CGI to reveal the engineering ingenuity of the crews undertaking these colossal feats. Rare archive footage reveals the secret history behind the featured locomotives and the dedicated people that build and restore them.
No job is too big for the crews to handle – whether it’s a classic steam engine like Britannia heading to a new home at a heritage railway or the brand-new Class 800 Intercity passenger train, fresh off a ship from Japan. Each programme follows as the crews test their engineering ingenuity, devising innovative ways to haul locomotives onto massive multi-wheel trailers – then overcome challenges such as narrow roads, treacherous weather, weak bridges and heavy traffic to reach their final destinations.
Windfall Films’ Carlo Massarella is Executive Producer, Misbah Alvi is Series Editor, and James Coldwell is Series Producer and Director. The 6 x 60’ series is made by Windfall Films. TCB Media Rights retain distribution rights. Daniel Thomas, acquisitions manager, brokered the deal on behalf of UKTV.
Windfall Films CEO and Executive Producer, Carlo Massarella, says: “This action-packed series explores great engineering feats, epic railway routes and heritage around the world – through the entertaining adventures of transport specialist crew as they take on each challenging mission’.
Daniel Thomas added: “The history, engineering and logistics featured in Train Truckers combines some of the most popular elements of a Yesterday programme. How these incredible trains are transported is fascinating and we’re confident Yesterday viewers will enjoy the journey.”