Great American Railroad Journeys

July 2019

S1 Ep8 - Manassas To Jamestown

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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, the ex-politician enjoys a tour of the Virginia state Capitol building, where he hears of the dilem...

S1 Ep7 - Washington DC To Mount Vernon

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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 1879, he admires its fine public buildings, including the largest library in the world, and discovers how t...
June 2019

S1 Ep6 - Wilmington To Baltimore

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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 history of gunpowder production in Delaware, before heading to Baltimore, where he discovers how the fi...
May 2019

S1 Ep5 - Philadelphia To Gettysburg

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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 President Abraham Lincoln made a momentous speech in 1863.

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...
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...