Explores railroad prototypes, models, personalities, and lore covering not only the railways and modelers of the past, but of the present and future. Spencer Christian hosts.
St. Kitts Scenic Railway #714
Visit a Caribbean sugar cane line that has found a new, more glamorous life; ride a spectacular three stage rail line in the Minami Alps outside of Tokyo; visit one of the largest Z gauge layouts around; and look in on a museum that operates one of the last great steam locomotives in the United States.
- KET2 Thursday, July 17 at 5:30 pm EDT
Harz Mountain Railway #801
Go into eastern Germany to ride a historic mountain line that wasn't reopened until after the Cold War. 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 making man who also has a passion for railroading.
- KET2 Thursday, July 24 at 5:30 pm EDT
Greeley Freight Station Museum #802
Head to Colorado to check out a huge model railroad and museum, look in on a club whose mission is keeping the memory of Pennsylvania railroads alive, take a peek at steam technology that powers more than trains, and ride one of the most scenic rail routes in the United States.
- KET2 Thursday, July 31 at 5:30 pm EDT
Chitown Union Station #803
Visit one of the largest two rail o gauge layouts in the country; step back to 1882, when the Denver, South Park, and Rio Grande railroad was still under construction; visit the railroad that originally took the industrial age millionaires to their summer mansions; and explore how some rail travelers go in style.
- KET2 Thursday, August 7 at 5:30 pm EDT
Saxony Narrow Gauge Railways #804
Visit the German state of Saxony to see narrow gauge steam line; enjoy a large Lionel club layout in Levittown, New York; visit a combination freight and passenger railroad in Pennsylvania; and visit a 7' inch gauge steam line in Pennsylvania.
- KET2 Thursday, August 14 at 5:30 pm EDT
The Flying Yankee #805
The East Coast version of the "Train that Changed America," a slice of the New Haven line that's been preserved in N gauge, four layouts under one roof in the shadow of the Golden Gate, and a bed and breakfast in Vermont that has a very special feature.
- KET2 Thursday, August 21 at 5:30 pm EDT
Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad #806
In Ohio, take a close look at a modern freight line that has its roots in the past; visit a large public layout in northern Georgia; visit a logging museum in Wisconsin; and meet a photographer who plies his trade late at night.
- KET2 Thursday, August 28 at 5:30 pm EDT
Official web site: http://www.mptv.org/tracks_ahead/index.php
Price available upon request.