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Take a trip on Trains Across North America

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Feb 19, 2019 11:04 AM
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North America offers more railway adventures than anywhere else in the world. In Trains Around North America we are going to give you a taste of some of the best. From historic steam train and streamliners, elegant dinner trains, to the most luxurious rail liner in North America.

North America's great railroad legacy began on August 8, 1829 when Horatio Allen tested an English-built steamer named the Stourbridge Lion in north-east Pennsylvania. This historical event would help slingshot North America into an industrial giant over the next 100 years. By the time America entered the Civil War there were more than 60,000 miles of railroad track in the United States, by the turn of the century it ballooned to more than 190,000.

Today the railroads that helped build the world around us are slowly disappearing. Nearly 60% of all track laid in North America has been abandoned or torn up.  For every mile of track scraped another link to our past is last forever.

The tourist railway and museums of North America have helped stop that trend and today they are the driving factor that helps save, preserve and presents our rich railroad heritage. Our tourist railway and museums offer up much more than just a train ride or a walk through a museum full of artifacts and equipment. They are a way to get up close and personal and let your senses come alive as you see, hear, smell, touch, and even taste our past. it's a history lesson like no other.

We'll visit some of North America's premire Tourist railways in Trains Around North America. We will meet the men and women that help keep our railroad history alive and on the rails, so all of us have a chance to step back in time and partake in some of our deep pioneering heritage.

Watch Trains Around North America March 5 at 8pm, March 9 at 10am, March 11 at 8pm and March 17 at 6pm.  During each broadcast, you will have an opportunity to support the quality programming on WITF.  As a special way of saying thanks, the following thank you gifts will be available during each broadcast:

For a one-time gift of $72 or an on-going sustaining circle membership of $6/month - (Passenger Level) WITF will thank you with a choice of the DVD/Blu-ray of the program, 5th Edition Guidebook or 5th Edition Computer Directory

For a one-time gift of $200 or an on-going sustaining circle membership of $17/month - (Engineers Level) WITF will thank you with the DVD/Blu-ray of the program, 5th Edition Guidebook, 5th Edition Computer Directory, and Two tickets to Strasburg RR, Railroad Museum of PA & Wilmington and Western RR.

For a one-time gift of $300 or an on-going sustaining circle membership of $25/month - (Conductors Level) WITF will thank you with the DVD/Blu-ray of the program, 5th Edition Guidebook, 5th Edition Computer Directory, an Anniversary Drink Tumbler, Crew Cap and Four tickets to Strasburg RR, Railroad Museum of PA & Wilmington and Western RR.

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