All Aboard TV Series 5 Disc Set (DVD)
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26 Programs! 11 HOURS!
Since the introduction of the railroads as a viable means of transportation in the early 1800ís, mankind has held them in rapt fascination. Whether this admiration developed from awe of the speed and motion; or the mechanical complexity; or the romance of new vistas or returning home to familiar ones, this devotion has seldom wavered.
This series examines many aspects of the North American Railroad scene. Each episode explores a small portion of the steel rail system which played a major role in the development of North America. Many of the shows incorporate historic film footage recording the early days when the trains were powered by the steam locomotive.
Much has been written about these machines, which so many have described as living things. While they have disappeared from everyday operation, it is still possible to witness their sights and sound through these film clips. This is a living history as these episodes display the development of the railroads up to the present day. A glimpse of changes in lifestyles is also seen as people interact with the railroads through time.
Today the railroads are dominated by the massive high horsepower diesel locomotive thundering across the countryside. Although much of the variety of railroad companies has disappeared over the years, present day rail operation is featured, including Amtrak's national passenger service.
The interest in preservation has lead to the establishment of several 'tourist' railroads running historic equipment through fabulous scenic vistas, several will compliment this series for the viewer's enjoyment.