A companion to the phenomenally successful 'Great British Railway Journeys', this series sees Michael Portillo swap his treasured copy of Bradshaw's Handbook for its American counterpart - an 1879 edition of Appleton's General Guide to the Railroads of America and Canada. This set comprises fifteen episodes featuring two separate journeys:
- New York City to Niagara Falls
- Philadelphia to Jamestown
Michael makes two journeys across the United States: the first takes him through New York State from New York City to Niagara Falls for a bird's eye view, via the state capital, Albany. On his second journey he traverses the mid-Atlantic states of Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, from Philadelphia to Jamestown, via Washington D.C. Along the way he takes in Broadway and Ellis Island, gateway to America for millions of immigrants during the late 19th century. He visits the new World Trade Center Transportation Hub, the military Academy at West Point and Sleepy Hollow, crosses the world's longest footbridge and visits the birthplace of the Mormon Church. He hears stories of slavery and visits the sites of battles which shaped the nation during the American Civil War before reaching the lands colonised by the earliest British settlers.
This disc includes the following episodes: 1. Manhattan: Grand Central to Broadway 2. Manhattan: Lower East Side to World Trade Center 3. Brooklyn to Montauk 4. New York City to Garrison 5. Poughkeepsie to Albany
This disc includes the following episodes: 6. Schenectady to Rochester 7. Buffalo to Niagara Falls 8. Philadelphia to Atlantic City 9. Lancaster to Gettysburg 10. Wilmington to Havre de Grace
This disc includes the following episodes: 11. Baltimore to Fort McHenry 12. Washington DC 13. Georgetown to Mount Vernon 14. Manassas to Richmond 15. Petersburg to Jamestown
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