James May's Great Train Race: Tarka Trail 2

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By Bideford_ppl | Tuesday, June 07, 2011, 14:26

Sunday June 13th and James May returns to Bideford for the Great Train Race: Tarka Trail 2 Bideford to Barnsatple on BBC2 at 8pm.

BBC Top Gear presenter James May filmed this latest challenge in north

Devon – racing a crack German team of miniature railway enthusiasts

along the picturesque Tarka Trail.

The motoring journalist teamed up with engineer and wine expert

Oz Clarke on Saturday for a spin-off show to his Toy Stories series.

The pair, who formed an unlikely pairing of wine buff and committed

beer drinker for BBC's Big Wine Adventure, battle three brothers who

run the the world's biggest model railway exhibition in Hamburg.

The rival trains departed stations at opposite ends of the 9.1-mile section of track between Barnstaple and Bideford.

About 100 people cheered the start of the race which was simultaneously stared by two town criers and continued until about 7pm.

No official result has been released as the televised challenge

will be aired later this year but reports posted on Twitter suggested

the German locomotive broke down, hinting at a British victory.

May's previous attempts to run a model train from Bideford to

Barnstaple along the Tarka Trail in 2009 were foiled by bad weather and

vandalism.

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