Great American Railroad Journeys


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.
Episodes 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...

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.
Episodes 2017

S1 Ep4 - Schenectady To Niagra Falls

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Michael Portillo braves the awesome power and drenching spray of Niagara Falls in the 'Maid of the Mist' to share what artists, daredevils and millions of tourists have billed as one of the most spectacular experiences on the planet.

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...

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 ...