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1995 commute documentary

The united states By means of Rail: Quantity 1 – The Heartland
Directed by means of
Produced by means of
Narrated by means of John Edward Hingsbergen
Song by means of Michael Lynch


  • Greg Scholl Video Productions
  • Railway Productions
Disbursed by means of
  • CounterTop Video/James Leisure
    (United States, VHS)[1]
  • Subjects Leisure
    (United States, DVD)[2]
  • Payless Leisure
    (Australia, DVD)[3]

Free up date

1994 (United States)

Operating time

119 mins
Nation United States
Language English

The united states By means of Rail: Quantity 1 – The Heartland (additionally merely referred to as Amercia By means of Rail) is a 1994 American commute documentary directed and produced by means of Greg Scholl and Les Jarrett with tune by means of Michael Lynch and narrated by means of John Edwards Hingsbergen. The video is set a adventure throughout america on Amtrak passenger trains between Washington, D.C. and San Francisco with stops at different educate rides and points of interest alongside the best way. The sequence went directly to win some Television tube Awards and has turn out to be widespread amongst rail fanatics.[4]

Adventure Description[edit]

The documentary at america capital of Washington, D.C. On the Washington Union Station, Amtrak’s Capital Restricted starts the adventure, which might terminate at Chicago. After leaving Washington D.C., the adventure pauses for a consult with to the Strasburg Rail Street close to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The educate, operated in the back of a steam locomotive, operates between East Strasburg and Paradise, Pennsylvania.

Returning to the Capitol Restricted, the adventure continues in the course of the Potomac River Valley into West Virginia. At Inexperienced Springs, the educate greets some locomotive on the interchange with the Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad. A consult with is paid to the Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad, which operates south of Inexperienced Springs from Romney alongside the South Department of the Potomac River to the the Trough. The direction will get it is names from the bald eagles local to the world.

Because the Capitol Restricted makesa passenger prevent at Cumberland, Maryland, consult with is made to the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, which operates from Cumberland over the Alleghany Mountains to Frostburg. Even if the educate is generally hauled by means of a steam locomotive, a antique diesel takes the educate in this consult with.

With the Capitol Restricted making an in a single day adventure over the Allegheny Mountains thru Pennsylvania and Ohio, a daylight consult with can also be made to the Ohio Central Railroad at Sugarcreek. The direction stocks the similar Amish farm nation because the Strasburg Rail Street and has essentially the most continuously operated steam educate in Ohio 5 days per week.

Again at the Capitol Restricted, the educate makes one ultimate morning prevent at South Bend, Indiana, the place agriculture offers option to business. After touring alongside the southern shore of Lake Michigan, the educate in spite of everything arrives at Chicago, the 3rd greatest town within the nation. From the Chicago Union Station, the adventure to California continues on Amtrak’s California Zephyr, which makes use of bi-level Superliner vehicles. Following the Chicago suburbs and the Illinois farm nation, the Zephyr crosses the Mississippi River into the state of Iowa by means of a part mile-long bridge, creating a prevent at Burlington earlier than proceeding west.

North of the educate’s direction is the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad situated close to town of Boone, which operates a Chinese language-built steam locomotive. A trolley automotive journey into town of Boone could also be to be had at the railroad.

With the California Zephyr passing thru Iowa and preventing at Omaha, Nebraska at night time, day time consult with is made to the Henry Doorly Zoo, which options each a 2ft gangue railroad and a well-liked rainforest show off, which is essentially the most visited show off in any zoo within the nation.

Morning in Colorado, the California Zephyr has been serviced on the Denver Union Station with a brand new workforce which might take the educate so far as Salt Lake Town. From Denver, the Zephyr would achieve the Rocky Mountains, mountain climbing the Entrance Vary to an elevation of 9,249ft above sea point, the summit of the adventure, earlier than going underneath the Continental Divide in the course of the Moffat Tunnel. From there, the educate travels downhill, preventing at Fraser and traversing many canyons alongside the Colorado River, together with Gore Canyon and Glenwood Canyon, in the end arriving at Glenwood Springs.

A well-liked vacationer railroad in Colorado is the Durango and Silverton Slim Gauge Railroad, an authentically preserved 3ft narrow-gauge railroad the use of former Denver and Rio Grande Western trackage. The road travels from Durango alongside the Animas River thru impressive canyons to the ancient mining the city of Silverton.

Proceeding westward, the California Zephyr leaves Colorado in Ruby Canyon earlier than crossing into Jap Utah. A prevent on the small the city of Thompson supplies the chance for a consult with to Arches Nationwide Park. Passing thru E-book Cliffs and Value, the California Zephyr makes a night adventure around the Wasatch Mountains.

Whilst the Zephyr will get some in a single day servicing at Salt Lake Town, a daylight educate journey can also be made at the Heber Valley Railroad at Heber Town. The railroad isn’t too a ways clear of Provo, the place the Zephyr stops on it is adventure.

After being serviced at Salt Lake Town, the Zephyr continues west with one of the vital vehicles given to the Barren region Wind certain for Los Angeles. From the second one morning out of Chicago, the educate travels into Nevada, creating a prevent at Reno. South of Reno in Virginia Town is the Virginia and Truckee Railroad, wealthy in western historical past and authentically restored trackside buildings.

From Reno, the California Zephyr crosses into California over Donner Cross within the Sierra Nevada mountains. The road follows the Truckee River and passes Donner Lake thru a number of snow sheds and tunnels. The educate leaves in the back of the mountains and makes one ultimate prevent on the state capital of Sacramento. West of Sacramento is the Napa Valley Wine Teach, a vacationer educate running across the wineries within the valley with foods and wines served at the educate.

The ultimate portion of the adventure is alongside San Pablo Bay, with the Pacific Ocean and Military Moffball Fleet visual. The educate terminates at Oakland, the place the adventure to San Francisco is entire by means of Amtrak Coaches that move the bay.

Two extra educate rides are provide close to the bay house. At Felton is the Roaring Camp and Giant Bushes Railroad, which makes use of the similar 3ft narrow-gauge trackage because the Durango and Silverton Slim Gauge Railroad. Connecting with the railroad is the usual gauge Santa Cruz, Giant Bushes and Pacific Railway, connecting the crimson wooden house with the Santa Cruz Seashore Boardwalk.


A number of follow-up documentaries have been launched:

  • The West Coast Course (1995) – A adventure up the West Coast from San Diego to Seattle. Visits to different points of interest come with the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad and Yosemite Nationwide Park, the California Western Railroad, the Sacramento Southern Railroad and the California State Railroad Museum, the Spirit of Oregon Dinner Teach, and the Mount Hood Railroad.
  • Wintry weather Wonderland (1996) – A snowy educate journey o Amtrak’s Cardinal between Chicago and Washington, D.C., with many of the adventure being the sunlight portion in the course of the New River Gorge in Kentucky and West Virginia. A number of previous educate excursions at the similar direction referred to as the New River Trains also are proven, with featured steam locomotives together with Nickel Plate Street 765, Pere Marquette 1225, Chesapeake and Ohio 2765, and Chesapeake and Ohio 614.
  • Course of the Southwest Leader (1997) – A adventure in the course of the Southwest between Chicago and Los Angles. The direction parallels the Santa Fe Path and is wealthy in American historical past. Facet journeys and points of interest come with the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood House, the Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad, the Boot Hill Museum, the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, the Santa Fe Southern Railway and an advantage go back and forth at the American Orient Categorical, the Verde Canyon Railroad and the Grand Canyon, the Orange Empire Railway Museum, the Ghost The town & Calico Railroad at Knott’s Berry Farm, and Angels Flight in Los Angeles.

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