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.
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, January 9 at 5:30 pm EST
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, January 16 at 5:30 pm EST
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, January 23 at 5:30 pm EST
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, January 30 at 5:30 pm EST
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, February 6 at 5:30 pm EST
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, February 13 at 5:30 pm EST
The Mollibahn #807
Ride the route of royalty through the countryside and streets of northern Germany, visit a great O gauge club in New York, ride into the Kentucky hills, and stop for a concert on top of Colorado's LaVeta pass.
- KET2 Thursday, February 20 at 5:30 pm EST
Visit a southern California railway historical society, one of the oldest garden railroads in the country; enter the magic world of the Sunset Valley Oregon Railroad; visit a toy and train museum in Vermont's scenic Quechee Gorge Village; and ride through New York's Finger Lakes region.
- KET2 Thursday, February 27 at 5:30 pm EST
Arkansas & Missouri Railroad #809
Go to Arkansas, home of Wal-Mart, Tyson Chicken, and a combination freight passenger railroad; meet a train collector whose displays only enhance his operating layouts; go to Kansas and ride behind a restored steam engine; and visit a piece of resurrected history in Nevada.
- KET2 Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 5:30 pm EST
Adobe Mountain Railroad Park #810
Visit one of the largest model railroad clubs in the country, meet a husband and wife who have built a dream layout on a Georgia mountain top, view the scenic gorge of the Payette River, and tour a huge seven and a half inch gauge railroad operation.
- KET2 Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 5:30 pm EST
Western Pacific Railroad Museum #811
A museum dedicated to the Western Pacific Railroad, a G gauge layout especially adapted to the harsh Arizona climate, visit a great European collection and layout, and visit a New England tourist destination which started out as a sled dog ranch.
- KET2 Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 5:30 pm EST
California Zephyr #812
Ride the route of the California Zephyr; a layout that uses some very special equipment in its operations; visit The Henry Ford museum and railroad in Dearborn, Michigan; and ride through the scenic lakes region of New Hampshire.
- KET2 Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 5:30 pm EST
Trans Siberian Railroad, Part 1 #813
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.
- KET2 Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 5:30 pm EST
Trans Siberian Railroad, Part 2 #814
Journey through Russia over more than 6,000 miles of the Trans-Siberian Railroad on the luxurious Golden Eagle train.
- KET2 Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 5:30 pm EDT
Official web site: http://www.mptv.org/tracks_ahead/index.php
Price available upon request.