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Web site: http://www.mptv.org/tracks_ahead/index.php

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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.

TV Schedule

QJ Steam #904 [TV-G]
Learn how steam trains made their way back to the Iowa landscape while honoring Chinese rail history.

  • KET Monday, August 3 at 5:30 am EDT

Images of the Past #913 [TV-G]
A Seattle Sn3 layout and the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin are highlighted.

  • KET2 Monday, August 3 at 9:00 am EDT

Saxon Taura Holiday Park #905 [TV-G]
A Wisconsin rail artist creates memorable images in the shadow of Green Bay's Lambeau Field.

  • KET Monday, August 10 at 5:30 am EDT

Harz Mountain Railway #801 [TV-G]
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 Monday, August 10 at 9:00 am EDT
  • KET2 Thursday, September 10 at 7:00 pm EDT

Entertrainment Junction #906 [TV-G]
A Cincinnati area rail-themed park features the world's largest indoor train display.

  • KET Monday, August 17 at 5:30 am EDT

Greeley Freight Station Museum #802 [TV-G]
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 Monday, August 17 at 9:00 am EDT
  • KET2 Thursday, September 17 at 7:00 pm EDT

Taltree Arboretum #907 [TV-G]
Discover how a brand new Indiana arboretum is embracing it's area's rail history.

  • KET Monday, August 24 at 5:30 am EDT

Chitown Union Station #803 [TV-G]
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 Monday, August 24 at 9:00 am EDT
  • KET2 Thursday, September 24 at 7:00 pm EDT

Miller 'F' Gauge #908 [TV-G]
An 'F' gauge layout uses sight, sound, and props to showcase the beauty of a Colorado narrow gauge.

  • KET Monday, August 31 at 5:30 am EDT

Saxony Narrow Gauge Railways #804 [TV-G]
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 Monday, August 31 at 9:00 am EDT
  • KET2 Thursday, October 1 at 7:00 pm EDT

The Flying Yankee #805 [TV-G]
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, October 8 at 7:00 pm EDT

Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad #806 [TV-G]
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, October 15 at 7:00 pm EDT

The Mollibahn #807 [TV-G]
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, October 22 at 7:00 pm EDT

Fairplex #808 [TV-G]
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, October 29 at 7:00 pm EST

Arkansas & Missouri Railroad #809 [TV-G]
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, November 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm EST

Adobe Mountain Railroad Park #810 [TV-G]
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, November 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm EST

Western Pacific Railroad Museum #811 [TV-G]
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, November 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm EST

California Zephyr #812 [TV-G]
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, November 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm EST

Trans Siberian Railroad, Part 1 #813 [TV-G]
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, December 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm EST

Trans Siberian Railroad, Part 2 #814 [TV-G]
Journey through Russia over more than 6,000 miles of the Trans-Siberian Railroad on the luxurious Golden Eagle train.

  • KET2 Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 7:00 pm EST
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