In this installment of Great Scenic Railway Journeys the impact that the steam engine had in building North America is explored. You'll visit seventeen of North America's most historic and scenic tourist steam railroads and see the works being done to preserve and present these iron horses of the past. You'll venture to the frozen tundra of Alaska to the vast high desert of Arizona, the rolling hills of New Hampshire to the Black Hills of South Dakota and through the prairies and mountains of Canada.
You'll also visit Steamtown national historic site and get a first hand lesson on how a steam engine works and why millions of people each year are drawn to seek them out for a journey into our past. We will go behind the scenes and visit some of the mechanical shops of these railroads and share in the excitement and passion of those who cherish and preserve these iron horses.
Grammy award-winning musician and storyteller David Holt hosts the program from the famed California State Railroad Museum. This museum is considered to have one of the finest collections of railroad equipment and artifacts in North America.
This Blu-Ray also includes a five minute bonus segment on how the train wreck in the movie The Fugitive was done.