Season 13, Episode 16 Streamliners: America's Lost Trains

First Aired: August 5, 2001

Recalling the stainless steel trains that crisscrossed the country in high style (and at speeds of greater than 100 mph) during the 1930s and '40s. The streamliners---most notably the Union Pacific's “Little Zip” and the Burlington Railroad's Zephyr---increased railroad ridership (and profits) dramatically, led to a sleek-is-chic design revolution and even offered a measure of psychological uplift during the Depression. But then came World War II, suburbs, jets and Interstates, which signaled the end of the line for the streamliners. Liev Schreiber narrates.

Guest Cast

Next On TVSee all »

Cast & Details See all »

  • Premiered: October 4, 1988
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Premise: This much-honored PBS documentary series explores American history, one topic or person at a time. Its Peabody Award winners include profiles of FDR and Malcolm X, and such diverse topics as Nixon's 1972 trip to China, the controversy surrounding `Citizen… (more)

Show More »

Trending TonightSee all »