America's development as an industrial power is unequivocally tied to the growth of its railroads, linking the cities and ports of our vast country with a network of iron rails that united the nation. Where the rails went, the nation grew and nothing symbolized that irresistible growth like the smoking metal giants of the age of steam. The saga of those rails unfolds through this collection of films, which offers a seldom seen look at America's Railroads at the very apex of their might. Come with us now as we visit the machines and men that built America's Steam Train Legacy. Hosted by Stephen E. Drew, Senior Curator, California State Railroad Museum.
This historical program tells the fascination story of locomotive transport in the United States, explaining how the steam engine drove the very development of industry in America, though rarely seen early footage of the so-called "iron horse."