Great American Railroad Journeys

  

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Great American Railroad JourneysThousand Islands to Toronto: Michael Portillo's rail journey through eastern Canada continues along the Grand Trunk railway, following the route of the St Lawrence River. Also in HD. [S]Mon, Jun 18, 7:00 PMBBC TWO60 mins
Great American Railroad JourneysMontreal to Ottawa: Undaunted by his guidebook's description of the Lachine Rapids, Michael Portillo gets a soaking on a white-knuckle boat ride down the St Lawrence River. Also in HD. [S]Fri, Jun 15, 7:00 PMBBC TWO60 mins
Great American Railroad JourneysPlymouth to New London: Michael Portillo heads for Plymouth, the 'home town' of America. He learns how indigenous tribes of Wamponoag people taught settlers to live off the land. Also in HD. [S]Wed, Jun 13, 7:00 PMBBC TWO60 mins
Great American Railroad JourneysBoston to Concord: Michael Portillo joins the Sons of Liberty aboard ship in Boston harbour. Will he help rebels jettison 112 crates of East India Company tea? Also in HD. [S]Tue, Jun 12, 7:00 PMBBC TWO60 mins
Great American Railroad JourneysLos Angeles to San Diego: Michael Portillo strikes oil in the suburbs of Los Angeles, contemplates his navel in the orange groves of Riverside and paints a picture in Laguna Beach. Also in HD. [S]Mon, Jun 11, 7:00 PMBBC TWO60 mins
Great American Railroad JourneysBerkeley to Santa Cruz: Michael visits the jewel in the crown of America's National Parks, Yosemite, to behold its granite cliffs, giant sequoia trees and cascading waterfalls. Also in HD. [S]Wed, Jun 6, 7:00 PMBBC TWO60 mins
Great American Railroad JourneysSan Francisco: Michael Portillo reaches San Francisco, where he boards one of the iconic cable cars. In the engineering powerhouse, he uncovers the secret to scaling the hills. Also in HD. [S]Tue, Jun 5, 7:00 PMBBC TWO60 mins
Great American Railroad JourneysReno To The Napa Valley: Michael Portillo embarks on a thousand-mile American adventure through California. Michael takes to the skies over the dramatic Sierra Nevada mountain range. Also in HD. [S]Mon, Jun 4, 7:00 PMBBC TWO60 mins
Great American Railroad JourneysLos Angeles to Laguna Beach: Michael strikes oil in the suburbs of LA and paints a pretty picture in Laguna Beach. Also in HD. [AD,S]Thu, Feb 15, 6:30 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great American Railroad JourneysLos Angeles: Michael Portillo arrives in Los Angeles and heads for the Warner Brothers studio, founded on Sunset Boulevard at the time of his Appleton's. Also in HD. [AD,S]Wed, Feb 14, 6:30 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great American Railroad JourneysMonterey to Santa Barbara: Michael Portillo continues his railroad travels. In the historic port of Monterey, Michael raises the Bear Flag of the one-time Republic of California. Also in HD. [AD,S]Tue, Feb 13, 6:30 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great American Railroad JourneysBerkeley to Yosemite: Michael Portillo visits the seismology department at UC Berkeley and hears the story of the catastrophic 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Also in HD. [AD,S]Fri, Feb 9, 6:30 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great American Railroad JourneysSan Francisco: Michael Portillo finds that diversity has been at the heart of San Francisco since the days of the gold rush, though not always harmoniously so. Also in HD. [AD,S]Thu, Feb 8, 6:30 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great American Railroad JourneysSan Francisco to Sausalito, California: Armed with his trusty Appleton's Guide, Michael Portillo's Californian rail journey takes him to the commercial metropolis of San Francisco. Also in HD. [AD,S]Wed, Feb 7, 6:30 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great American Railroad JourneysSacramento to Napa Valley: Michael Portillo begins this leg at the spot that triggered the 1848 gold rush. Michael pans for gold in the clear waters of the American River. Also in HD. [AD,S]Tue, Feb 6, 6:30 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great American Railroad JourneysReno, Nevada, to Colfax, California: Michael takes to the skies over the dramatic Sierra Nevada mountain range. Also in HD. [AD,S]Mon, Feb 5, 6:30 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great American Railroad JourneysToronto: Michael Portillo begins his Toronto tour with the ambitious underground engineering works at Union Station, which is now busier than the city's international airport. Also in HD. [AD,S]Fri, Feb 2, 6:30 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great American Railroad JourneysThousand Islands to Oshawa, Ontario: Michael Portillo's rail odyssey through eastern Canada continues along the Grand Trunk railway, following the route of the St Lawrence River. Also in HD. [AD,S]Thu, Feb 1, 6:30 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great American Railroad JourneysMontreal to Ottawa: In Canada's Quebec province, Michael Portillo ventures into the wooded hills of Vaudreuil to explore a Canadian icon, maple syrup. Also in HD. [AD,S]Wed, Jan 31, 6:30 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great American Railroad JourneysMontreal, Quebec: In the metropolis of Montreal, Michael Portillo discovers how French and British colonial roots have influenced the city's construction, cuisine and culture. Also in HD. [AD,S]Tue, Jan 30, 6:30 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great American Railroad JourneysBurlington to Plattsburgh: Michael Portillo continues his American rail journey through New England as he heads for the Canadian border. First stop is Burlington, Vermont. Also in HD. [AD,S]Mon, Jan 29, 6:30 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great American Railroad JourneysNew Haven to Mount Washington: Michael Portillo's rail voyage goes river deep and mountain high as he heads north through the scenic New England states. Also in HD. [AD,S]Fri, Jan 26, 6:30 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great American Railroad JourneysProvidence, Rhode Island, to New London, Connecticut: Michael Portillo visits a club that traces its roots back to the 1840s. Michael joins in with a legendary open-air 'clambake'. Also in HD. [AD,S]Thu, Jan 25, 6:30 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great American Railroad JourneysPlymouth to Nantucket: Led by his Appleton's guidebook and tracing the footsteps of the Pilgrim Fathers, Michael Portillo heads for Plymouth, the home town of America. Also in HD. [AD,S]Wed, Jan 24, 6:30 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great American Railroad JourneysBoston to Concord, Massachusetts: Michael Portillo visits the Parker House Hotel, where he whisks up a Boston cream pie. Also in HD. [AD,S]Tue, Jan 23, 6:30 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great American Railroad JourneysBoston: Michael Portillo embarks on a railroad journey from Boston, Massachusetts, to Toronto, Ontario. Michael joins the Sons of Liberty aboard ship in Boston harbour. Also in HD. [AD,S]Mon, Jan 22, 6:30 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great American Railroad Journeys14/15. Manassas to Richmond: Michael Portillo visits Manassas, scene of two battles during the American Civil War. Also in HD. [AD,S]Fri, Oct 13, 3:45 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great American Railroad Journeys13/15. Georgetown to Mount Vernon: Michael Portillo explores a former slave market in Alexandria, Virginia. Also in HD. [AD,S]Thu, Oct 12, 3:45 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great American Railroad Journeys12/15. Washington DC: Michael explores the US capital, including a visit to the offices of the Washington Post. Also in HD. [AD,S]Wed, Oct 11, 3:45 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great American Railroad Journeys11/15. Baltimore to Fort McHenry: Michael Portillo is in Baltimore, home of the first railroad in the United States. Also in HD. [AD,S]Mon, Oct 9, 3:45 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great American Railroad Journeys10/15. Wilmington to Havre de Grace: Michael Portillo rides the railroads of America. Michael reaches a milestone on his American journey: the Mason-Dixon line. Also in HD. [AD,S]Fri, Oct 6, 3:45 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great American Railroad Journeys9/15. Lancaster to Gettysburg: Michael Portillo rides the railroads of America. Michael hitches a ride with the Amish in a horse-drawn buggy through rich countryside. Also in HD. [AD,S]Thu, Oct 5, 3:45 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great American Railroad Journeys8/15. Philadelphia to Atlantic City: Michael Portillo rides the railroads of America. Michael runs past Philadelphia's famous landmarks in homage to Rocky Balboa. Also in HD. [AD,S]Wed, Oct 4, 3:45 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great American Railroad Journeys7/15. Buffalo to Niagara Falls: Michael Portillo rides the railroads of America. Michael braves the awesome power and drenching spray of Niagara Falls on the Maid of the Mist. Also in HD. [AD,S]Tue, Oct 3, 3:45 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great American Railroad Journeys6/15. Schenectady to Rochester: In Utica, Michael Portillo investigates Lock 20 of 57 along the 19th-century Erie Canal. Also in HD. [AD,S]Mon, Oct 2, 3:45 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great American Railroad Journeys5/15. Poughkeepsie to Albany: Michael Portillo visits an all-female university, alma mater of Meryl Streep. Also in HD. [AD,S]Fri, Sep 29, 3:45 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great American Railroad Journeys4/15. New York City to Garrison: Michael follows America's mighty Hudson River north on an Amtrak train. Also in HD. [AD,S]Thu, Sep 28, 3:45 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great American Railroad Journeys2/15. Manhattan: Lower East Side to World Trade Center: Michael Portillo rides the railroads of America. Michael narrowly avoids a scrap with an historic gang of New York. Also in HD. [AD,S]Tue, Sep 26, 3:45 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great American Railroad Journeys1/15. Manhattan: Grand Central to Broadway: Michael Portillo boards the Manhattan subway system, the US's busiest rail transit system. Also in HD. [AD,S]Mon, Sep 25, 3:45 PMBBC TWO30 mins
Great American Railroad Journeys10/10. Illinois to Tennessee: Michael Portillo hears about the life and work of former riverboat captain Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain. [AD,S,SL]Tue, Jun 20, 8:00 AMBBC TWO60 mins
Great American Railroad Journeys7/10. Minnesota - Wisconsin: Michael Portillo embarks on a rail journey that begins in Minnesota and ends in Wisconsin, finding out how the Mississippi was made navigable. [AD,S,SL]Tue, May 30, 8:00 AMBBC TWO60 mins
Great American Railroad Journeys6/10. Minneapolis - St Paul: Michael embarks on a new rail journey that begins and finishes on the Mississippi River. Also in HD. [AD,S,SL]Tue, May 23, 8:00 AMBBC TWO60 mins
Great American Railroad Journeys5/10. Santa Fe, New Mexico, to the Grand Canyon: Michael Portillo arrives in the state capital of New Mexico. He explores the colonial architecture and visits a Native American pueblo. [AD,S,SL]Tue, May 16, 8:00 AMBBC TWO60 mins
Great American Railroad Journeys4/10. La Junta to Colorado Springs: Michael Portillo reaches Colorado. Michael is transported back to the Mexican American War of 1848 and finds himself inspecting the troops. [AD,S,SL]Tue, May 9, 8:00 AMBBC TWO60 mins
Great American Railroad Journeys3/10. Lawrence to Lamar, Colorado: In Lawrence, Kansas, Michael Portillo joins the Jayhawks basketball team. Also in HD. [AD,S,SL]Tue, May 2, 8:00 AMBBC TWO60 mins
Great American Railroad Journeys2/10. Sedalia to St Joseph, Missouri: Michael Portillo discovers the hidden pleasures of 19th-century railroad workers in Sedalia and discovers the birthplace of ragtime. Also in HD. [AD,S,SL]Tue, Apr 25, 8:00 AMBBC TWO60 mins
Great American Railroad Journeys10/10. Illinois to Tennessee: Michael Portillo hears about the life and work of former riverboat captain Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain. Also in HD. [AD,S]Fri, Apr 21, 7:00 PMBBC TWO60 mins
Great American Railroad Journeys9/10. Chicago to Champaign, Illinois: Michael Portillo continues his 1,000-mile journey from the northern state of Minnesota to the home of the blues in Memphis, Tennessee. Also in HD. [AD,S]Thu, Apr 20, 7:00 PMBBC TWO60 mins
Great American Railroad Journeys8/10. Milwaukee to Chicago: Michael Portillo embarks on a new American rail journey from Milwaukee to Chicago. Michael learns how the first Harley Davidson motorcycle was built. Also in HD. [AD,S]Wed, Apr 19, 7:00 PMBBC TWO60 mins
Great American Railroad Journeys7/10. Minnesota - Wisconsin: Michael Portillo embarks on a rail journey that begins in Minnesota and ends in Wisconsin, finding out how the Mississippi was made navigable. Also in HD. [AD,S]Tue, Apr 18, 7:00 PMBBC TWO60 mins