All 20 episodes from the third series of the documentary in which Michael Portillo traces historic rail journeys across North America, taking as his travelling companion ‘Appletons’ Guidebook’. The episodes are: ‘Boston’, ‘Boston to Concord, Massachusetts’, ‘Plymouth to Nantucket’, ‘Providence, Rhode Island to New London, Connecticut’, ‘New Haven to Mount Washington’, ‘Burlington to Plattsburgh’, ‘Montreal, Quebec’, ‘Montreal to Ottawa’, ‘Thousand Islands to Oshawa, Ontario’, ‘Toronto’, ‘Reno, Nevada to Colfax, California’, ‘Sacramento to Napa Valley’, ‘San Francisco to Sausalito, California’, ‘San Francisco’, ‘Berkeley to Yosemite’, ‘Santa Clara to Santa Cruz’, ‘Monterey to Santa Barbara’, ‘Los Angeles’, ‘Los Angeles to Laguna Beach’ and ‘La Jolla to San Diego’.
A companion to the phenomenally successful Great British Railway Journeys, this series sees Michael Portillo swap his treasured copy of Bradshaw’s handbook for its stateside counterpart an 1879 edition of Appleton’s General Guide to the United States and Canada. This four-DVD set features twenty episodes covering two different journeys: Boston, Massachusetts, to Toronto, Ontario Reno, Nevada, to San Diego, California Michael’s first epic rail journey takes him a thousand miles from leafy New England over mountain ranges to the Great Lakes. He discovers how a revolution fanning out from Boston, Massachusetts, overthrew the Crown and brought in the independent United States of America; while in Canada, nearly two and half centuries later, the head of state is still the British monarch. Next, he travels a thousand miles from the Sierra Nevada mountains south along the coast of California towards the Mexican border to tell the story of a state that has transformed the world, from gold and silver to Hollywood and Silicon Valley. Along the way, he encounters revolutionaries and feminists, pilgrims and witches and rides some of the oldest and most breathtaking railroads in the world. He discovers gold and silver, movies and microchips, oranges and oil, and learns how America’s most famous railroad conquered the wild landscapes of the west.