Great American Railroad Journeys

September 2017

Season 2 Episode 6 - Minneapolis-St Paul

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Michael Portillo embarks on a new American rail journey that begins and finishes on the Mississippi River. It will take him 1,000 miles from the home of F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Great Gatsby to Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. He ...

Season 2 Episode 5 - Santa Fe New Mexico To The Grand Canyon

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In the state capital of New Mexico, Michael explores the beautiful colonial architecture and is invited to visit a Native American pueblo.

Season 2 Episode 4 - La Junta To Colorado Springs

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Michael Portillo reaches Colorado, where he follows in the footsteps of 19th century East Coast dudes who came to experience the cowboy life. At Bent's Old Fort, Michael is transported back to the Mexican American War of 1848 and finds himself inspe...
August 2017

Season 2 Episode 3 - Lawrence To Lamar, Colorado

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In Lawrence, Kansas, Michael joins the Jayhawks basketball team before travelling through Tornado Alley to Topeka to meet one of the first storm chasers in America. Driving out on the Great Plains, Michael comes face to face with a herd of wild buff...

Season 2 Episode 2 - Sedalia To St Joseph Missouri

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Following in the footsteps of European settlers, Michael Portillo rolls westwards across the United States. With true frontier spirit he discovers the hidden pleasures of 19th century railroad workers in Sedalia and uncovers the birthplace of Ragtim...

Season 2 Episode 1 - St Louis To Jefferson City

4.0 5 x
Michael Portillo crosses the Atlantic to ride the railroads of North America, armed with his Appleton’s Guide to the United States and Canada, published in 1879. Amid breath-taking scenery Michael encounters magnificent beasts, joins intrepid explor...
October 2016

S1 Ep8 - Manassas To Jamestown

Expired 3.0 14 x
Manassas to Jamestown - Michael Portillo arrives in Manassas, Virginia, scene of two crucial battles during the American Civil War. In Fredericksburg, he tries bottling bourbon corn whiskey and learns how it became the nation's spirit. In Richmond, ...

S1 Ep7 - Washington DC To Mount Vernon

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Washington DC To Mount Vernon - Continuing his trek from Philadelphia to Jamestown, Michael Portillo arrives in the nation's capital, Washington, DC, centre of political power in the world's most powerful country. Steered by his Appleton's Guide of ...
September 2016

S1 Ep6 - Wilmington To Baltimore

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Wilmington To Baltimore - Michael Portillo arrives at a milestone on his American journey as he reaches the boundary between the northern and southern states, known as the Mason-Dixon line. Beginning in Wilmington, North Carolina, he uncovers the hi...

S1 Ep5 - Philadelphia To Gettysburg

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Philadelphia To Gettysburg - Michael Portillo travels through Philadelphia, and pays tribute to its fictional son, Rocky Balboa. He finishes the latest leg of his journey in Gettysburg, the most famous battlefield of the American Civil War, where Pr...