Great American Railroad Journeys

January 2021

Season 3 Episode 10

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Steered by his 1899 Appleton’s guide, Michael Portillo’s rail journey through eastern Canada continues along the Grand Trunk railway, following the route of the St. Lawrence River. At Brockville, he leaves the tracks for a nautical pilgrimage through the beautiful Thousand Islands.

Season 3 Episode 9

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Following a special 1899 Canadian edition of his Appleton’s guide, Michael Portillo leaves the United States to embark on the next leg of his rail journey in Canada. In the vibrant metropolis of Montreal, he discovers how French and British colonial roots have influenced the city’s construction, cuisine and culture. Undaun...

Season 3 Episode 8

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Armed with his Appleton’s guide, Michael Portillo continues his rail journey through Connecticut and New England. He takes a crash course in rowing in New Haven, where college teams from Yale and Harvard have battled for victory on the water since 1852. In Vermont, Michael visits a 19th century farm, where the rich milk fr...

Season 3 Episode 7

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Guided by his Appleton’s and tracing the footsteps of the Pilgrim Fathers, Michael Portillo heads for Plymouth, the ‘home town’ of America. He learns how indigenous tribes of Wamponoag people taught newly arrived settlers to live off the land, inspiring one of the biggest holidays in today’s American calendar.

Season 3 Episode 6

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Armed with his nineteenth century Appleton’s guidebook to the United States and Canada, Michael Portillo embarks on a 1100 mile railroad journey from Boston, Massachusetts, across the border to Toronto in the Canadian province of Ontario. At risk of being uncovered as a Tory spy, Michael joins the Sons of Liberty aboard sh...

Season 3 Episode 5

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Michael Portillo strikes oil in the suburbs of Los Angeles, contemplates his navel in the orange groves of Riverside, makes a California Roll, and paints a pretty picture in Laguna Beach. It’s Mexican Independence Day and the locals are celebrating the country’s hard-won independence from Spain in the early 19th century. T...

Season 3 Episode 4

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Steered by his late 19th century Appleton’s guidebook, Michael Portillo continues through southern California aboard the Coast Starlight rail service. In the historic port of Monterey, Michael raises the Bear Flag of the one-time Republic of California and above it, the Stars and Stripes.

Season 3 Episode 3

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Following his Appleton’s guide, Michael Portillo makes a trip to the jewel in the crown of America’s National Parks, Yosemite, to behold its towering granite cliffs, its giant sequoia trees and cascading waterfalls. He discovers how early conservationists fought to protect it in law and encounters a ‘buffalo soldier’ in th...

Season 3 Episode 2

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Armed with his trusty Appleton’s Guide, Michael Portillo reaches San Francisco, where he boards one of the city’s iconic cable cars. Behind the scenes in the engineering powerhouse, he uncovers the street cars’ secret to scaling the city’s famously steep hills.

Season 3 Episode 1

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Beginning in the Silver State of Nevada, Michael takes to the skies over the dramatic Sierra Nevada mountain range. At Lake Tahoe, he hears of the first European explorer, known as ‘The Pathfinder’, whose discovery opened up the west for settlement.