Great American Railroad Journeys

May 2019

S1 Ep3 - New York City To Albany

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Michael Portillo follows America's iconic River Hudson, beginning at New York City's Penn Station, where he rides on the national rail carrier service, Amtrak. At Tarrytown, he hears a famous American ghost story, the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and on the east bank of the Hudson he stops at Garrison, where he hears about the...

S1 Ep2 - Brooklyn To Montauk

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From Manhattan, Michael follows his Appleton's General Guide east to Long Island. Beginning in Brooklyn, he hears the moving story behind the construction of the world's first steel suspension bridge high above the East River. He travels through New York City's first subway, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and follows in the foots...
April 2019

S1 Ep1 - Manhattan: Grand Central To World Trade Centre

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Michael Portillo explores America by rail following Appleton’s General Guide to the US of 1879 which was published at a key moment in American history: the turning point from 'new world' to the richest nation ever known. Michael's journey covers two rail itineraries: the first from New York City up the Hudson River to the ...
February 2019

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.
January 2019

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.
December 2018

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...