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, April 17 at 5:30 pm EDT
Maine Narrow Gauge #702
Head to Maine for a memorable experience with a visit to the Two Footers, head to Arizona and explore a remote river canyon, meet a man who has made a living from preserving railroading history, and model railroading is alive and well in the center of Tokyo.
- KET2 Thursday, April 24 at 5:30 pm EDT
Japan's Meitetsu Railroad #703
Visit a steam operation and museum in Nagoya, the fourth largest city in Japan; experience the "up north" feeling in Michigan's Upper Peninsula; meet a group of modelers who have built an impressive layout beneath a shopping center; and visit Idaho to see the reincarnation of the "Railroad on Stilts."
- KET2 Thursday, May 1 at 5:30 pm EDT
Young Guns of Steam #704
Meet people who are preserving the steam technology that helped shape the nation, visit a garden layout in Scottsdale with a whimsical theme, meet a young railroad artist with a talent for realism, and visit Chicago for a little holiday magic.
- KET2 Thursday, May 8 at 5:30 pm EDT
Palo Verde & Western Railroad #705
Check the progress of an amazing garden railroad display in the sunny state of Arizona, visit an S gauge layout in the Bay Area that recreates some of the industry of New York state, explore the recreation of a major toy train display of the late 1950's, and visit a steam tourist line in Delaware.
- KET2 Thursday, May 15 at 5:30 pm EDT
Japan's Bullet Trains #706
Take a ride on the world's first high speed rail line, home to the famous Japanese bullet trains; visit an interpretive park in eastern Michigan that holds a steamy surprise; visit a man who has collected toy trains from the Louis Marx company; and see a re-creation of the 1949 Lionel showroom layout.
- KET2 Thursday, May 22 at 5:30 pm EDT
The Dakota Southern Railroad #707
Talk with a man whose hard work has resurrected a short line railroad in South Dakota; visit an astounding 15 inch gauge railroad on a game preserve in the Midwest; visit Kyoto, Japan, and look in on a steam museum and train ride; and head to the Smoky Mountains for a visit to a new public layout.
- KET2 Thursday, May 29 at 5:30 pm EDT
Railroads in Patagonia #708
Travel to Argentina for a rail adventure through the vast expanses of Patagonia, visit with a man who has taken his vocation and used it to literally take railroading to new heights, look in on the last car float operation in the country, and head just south of Tokyo to ride some unusual railcars.
- KET2 Thursday, June 5 at 5:30 pm EDT
Panama Canal Railway #709
Visit the Panama Canal Railway that serves as a bridge between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans; meet a man who was in the middle of each major crisis of the railroad industry; visit Zanesville, Ohio, for a look at a club layout; and head to the Garden State, where a tourist and freight railroad keeps history alive.
- KET2 Thursday, June 12 at 5:30 pm EDT
Los Angeles Rail Transit #710
See how a modern rail transit system thrives in Los Angeles; visit a garden railroad on a quiet street in San Mateo, Calif.; relive the exciting moment when the transcontinental railroad was completed; and ride a spectacular dinner train in the shadow of the Cascade Mountains.
- KET2 Thursday, June 19 at 5:30 pm EDT
Railtown 1897 #711
Look in on the old Sierra Railroad shops in the gold country of California; visit a high rail S gauge layout, the culmination of a thirty-year dream; drop in on the family farm in southwestern Wisconsin, and explore the history of an almost forgotten narrow gauge line in Iowa.
- KET2 Thursday, June 26 at 5:30 pm EDT
Entertrainment Junction #712
Venture into America's heartland for an impressive public garden railroad display; ride several unique rail lines to explore the lush Japanese countryside; look in on a re-creation of a 1960's railroad in southern California; and visit with the heir apparent to noted railroad artist, Howard Fogg.
- KET2 Thursday, July 3 at 5:30 pm EDT
Strasburg Railroading #713
Visit Strasburg, Pa., where trains are a major attraction; visit an operational layout that has recreated the Cajon Pass area; see what roller coasters and trains have in common, and look in on one of the largest railroad museums in the country.
- KET2 Thursday, July 10 at 5:30 pm EDT
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
Official web site: http://www.mptv.org/tracks_ahead/index.php
Price available upon request.