tracks ahead

The hit PBS series Tracks Ahead has a unique appeal for train lovers of all ages. Now broadcast on more than 200 PBS stations across America, Japan, host Spencer Christian (formerly of ABC's Good Morning America fame) presents the best of steam locomotives, railroad stories, model trains and art.

In the season of Tracks Ahead you will see railroad prototypes, models, personalities and lore covering not only the railways and modelers of the past, but of the present and future. Explore everything involved with railroading, from model trains and museums to collectors and authors. The stories intrigue a variety of viewers, while walking a middle line between technical and general information.


Episodes Airing:

California Zephyr (August 10)

Ride the route of the California Zephyr; look at a layout that uses some very special equipment in its operations; go to Dearborn, Michigan to visit The Henry Ford museum and railroad; and ride through the scenic lakes region of New Hampshire.


Trans Siberian Railroad, Part 1 (August 17)

Take a ride on the longest rail line on the planet; visit an Arizona man who has built a tribute to his native New York; go to Cincinnati and visit a museum that is a testament to a childhood dream; and meet a man who never met a model train gauge he didn't like.


Trans Siberian Railroad, Part 2 (August 24)

Tracks Ahead journeys through Russia over the more than 6,000 miles of the Trans-Siberian Railroad on the luxurious Golden Eagle train. Highlights include a 1,000 year-old city on the Volga River, Ulan Bator--the capital of Mongolia, villages near the world's largest freshwater lake, and Moscow. The Trans-Siberian tracks connect the far eastern port city of Vladivostok with Moscow, stretching from the Baltic to the Pacific and forming a vital link between Russia's vast regions. The journey also introduces the Golden Eagle, a Russian luxury train launched in 2007. Spencer Christian hosts.


Harz Mountain Railway (August 31)

Tracks Ahead steams into eastern Germany to ride a historic mountain line only reopened after the fall of the Berlin Wall; visit a man who has realized his childhood dream; ride a narrow gauge line at a place where the geese wear pants; and meet a steel maker who also has a passion for railroading. Spencer Christian returns to host this 13-part series on railroading.

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