Series 2


Series 2

Michael Portillo crosses the Atlantic to ride the railroads of America.


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St Louis, Missouri

1. Great American Railroad Journeys: Series 2, St Louis, Missouri

In St Louis, Michael ascends America's monument to the Wild West, the Gateway Arch.

St Louis to Jefferson City, Missouri

2. Great American Railroad Journeys: Series 2, St Louis to Jefferson City, Missouri

Michael begins this leg at the birthplace of a rural icon in Washington, Missouri.

Sedalia to Kansas City, Missouri

3. Great American Railroad Journeys: Series 2, Sedalia to Kansas City, Missouri

Michael discovers the hidden pleasures of 19th-century railroad workers in Sedalia.

Kansas City to St Joseph, Missouri

4. Great American Railroad Journeys: Series 2, Kansas City to St Joseph, Missouri

Michael hits cowboy central in the former meat-packing capital of America - Kansas City.

Lawrence to Topeka, Kansas

5. Great American Railroad Journeys: Series 2, Lawrence to Topeka, Kansas

Michael travels through Tornado Alley to meet one of the first storm chasers in America.

Dodge City to Lamar, Colorado

6. Great American Railroad Journeys: Series 2, Dodge City to Lamar, Colorado

Michael Portillo visits a notorious saloon in the former frontier town of Dodge City.

La Junta, Colorado, to Pueblo, New Mexico

7. Great American Railroad Journeys: Series 2, La Junta, Colorado, to Pueblo, New Mexico

In Las Animas County, Colorado, Michael Portillo learns what it took to become a cowboy.

Canon City, Colorado, to Colorado Springs

8. Great American Railroad Journeys: Series 2, Canon City, Colorado, to Colorado Springs

Michael heads out into the gorge of the Arkansas River aboard a narrow-gauge railroad.

Santa Fe to Acoma, New Mexico

9. Great American Railroad Journeys: Series 2, Santa Fe to Acoma, New Mexico

Michael Portillo explores the beautiful colonial architecture of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Albuquerque, New Mexico, to the Grand Canyon, Arizona

10. Great American Railroad Journeys: Series 2, Albuquerque, New Mexico, to the Grand Canyon, Arizona

In Albuquerque, Michael Portillo helps in the restoration of an enormous locomotive.

The Twin Cities, St Paul

11. Great American Railroad Journeys: Series 2, The Twin Cities, St Paul

Michael visits the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St Paul, built around the Mississippi River.

The Twin Cities, Minneapolis

12. Great American Railroad Journeys: Series 2, The Twin Cities, Minneapolis

Michael learns about an epic poem featuring American Indian characters.

Red Wing, Minnesota, to La Crosse, Wisconsin

13. Great American Railroad Journeys: Series 2, Red Wing, Minnesota, to La Crosse, Wisconsin

Michael visits the home of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of Little House on the Prairie.

Tomah to Portage, Wisconsin

14. Great American Railroad Journeys: Series 2, Tomah to Portage, Wisconsin

In Tomah, Wisconsin, Michael helps harvest cranberries, an important crop for the US.

Milwaukee to Racine, Wisconsin

15. Great American Railroad Journeys: Series 2, Milwaukee to Racine, Wisconsin

Michael is in Milwaukee, located on Lake Michigan and home of the Harley-Davidson.

Chicago, The Windy City

16. Great American Railroad Journeys: Series 2, Chicago, The Windy City

Michael Portillo is blown away by the skyscrapers in Illinois's Windy City.

Chicago, US Rail Hub

17. Great American Railroad Journeys: Series 2, Chicago, US Rail Hub

Michael Portillo investigates the ultimate marshalling yard.

Homewood to Champaign, Illinois

18. Great American Railroad Journeys: Series 2, Homewood to Champaign, Illinois

Michael visits a house that changed the face of American architecture.

Mattoon, Illinois to Columbus, Kentucky

19. Great American Railroad Journeys: Series 2, Mattoon, Illinois to Columbus, Kentucky

Michael stops at Mattoon, where he gets a taste of the life which shaped Abraham Lincoln.

Memphis, Tennessee

20. Great American Railroad Journeys: Series 2, Memphis, Tennessee

Michael Portillo hears about the life of former river boat captain Samuel Clemens.