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Great American Railroad Journeys

Series 4

Springhill Junction to Quebec City

Duration: 58 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland HD

Michael Portillo travels on the Ocean train from Nova Scotia to New Brunswick. Along the way, he investigates the world’s biggest tide at Hopewell Rocks and admires its rock formations and caves. Show more

Great American Railroad Journeys

Series 4

Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre to Winnipeg

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland HD

Michael Portillo explores the province of Quebec, taking the fabulously scenic Charlevoix train along the north bank of the mighty St Lawrence River to La Malbaie. Show more

Great American Railroad Journeys

Series 4

Edmonton to Jasper

Duration: 58 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland HD

Following his 1899 Appleton’s guide, Michael explores a glossy, glassy, oil-rich Edmonton, second city of Alberta. Show more

Great American Railroad Journeys

Series 4

Kamloops to Calgary

Duration: 58 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales

Michael Portillo boards one of the world’s most famous trains, the Rocky Mountaineer, to cross the backbone of the North American continent from Kamloops to the spa resort of Banff. Show more

Great American Railroad Journeys

Series 3 Reversions

Episode 6: Boston to Concord

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Michael Portillo joins the Sons of Liberty aboard ship in Boston harbour. Will he help rebels jettison 112 crates of East India Company tea? Show more

Great American Railroad Journeys

Series 3 Reversions

Episode 7: Plymouth to New London

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Michael Portillo heads for Plymouth, the 'home town' of America. He learns how indigenous tribes of Wamponoag people taught settlers to live off the land. Show more

Great American Railroad Journeys

Series 4

Halifax to Prince Edward Island

Duration: 58 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales

Michael Portillo begins a new journey on the tracks of the Ocean line to explore Canada’s maritime provinces en route to Quebec City. Show more

Great American Railroad Journeys

Series 4

Vancouver Island to Kamloops

Duration: 58 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales HD

Michael Portillo explores British Columbia. He discovers how two superpowers nearly came to war over a pig and joins the Royal Canadian Navy to firefight on board the frigate HMCS Regina. Show more

Great American Railroad Journeys

Series 4

Portage la Prairie to Saskatoon

Duration: 58 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales

Michael Portillo strikes west across Manitoba into the province of Saskatchewan. Michael discovers how a middle-class British boy transformed himself into an influential indigenous naturalist. Show more

Great American Railroad Journeys

Series 1

Episode 11: Baltimore to Fort McHenry

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Michael Portillo rides the railroads of America. Here, he is in Baltimore, home of the first railroad in the United States - the Baltimore and Ohio. Show more

Great American Railroad Journeys

Series 1

Episode 12: Washington DC

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

Michael Portillo rides the railroads of the United States. In the capital, he visits the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and the offices of the Washington Post. Show more

Great American Railroad Journeys

Series 1

Episode 13: Georgetown to Mount Vernon

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Michael Portillo continues his US adventure. Heading south to Alexandria, Virginia, he explores a former slave market. He ends this leg in Mount Vernon. Show more

Great American Railroad Journeys

Series 1

Episode 15: Petersburg to Jamestown

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Michael Portillo rides the railroads of America. He reaches his journey's end in Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in North America. Show more

Great American Railroad Journeys

Series 1

Episode 14: Manassas to Richmond

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Michael Portillo arrives in Manassas, scene of two crucial battles during the American Civil War, and visits the Virginia State Capitol building in Richmond. Show more

Great American Railroad Journeys

Series 1

Episode 8: Philadelphia to Atlantic City

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Michael Portillo rides the railroads of America. Michael runs past Philadelphia's famous landmarks in homage to Rocky Balboa. Show more

Great American Railroad Journeys

Series 1

Episode 7: Buffalo to Niagara Falls

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Michael Portillo rides the railroads of America. Michael braves the awesome power and drenching spray of Niagara Falls on the Maid of the Mist. Show more

Great American Railroad Journeys

Series 1

Episode 9: Lancaster to Gettysburg

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Michael Portillo rides the railroads of America. Michael hitches a ride with the Amish in a horse-drawn buggy through rich countryside. Show more

Great American Railroad Journeys

Series 1

Episode 10: Wilmington to Havre de Grace

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Michael Portillo rides the railroads of America. Michael reaches a milestone on his American journey: the Mason-Dixon line. Show more

Great American Railroad Journeys

Series 1

Episode 6: Schenectady to Rochester

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Michael Portillo rides the railroads of America. Michael has a lightbulb moment in Schenectady learning about Thomas Edison's General Electric Company. Show more

Great American Railroad Journeys

Series 3

Episode 4: Providence, Rhode Island, to New London, Connecticut

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Michael Portillo visits a club that traces its roots back to the 1840s. Michael joins in with a legendary open-air 'clambake'. Show more