Sunday February 12 at 6.30pm on The History Channel
The Zephyr was unlike any train seen before. Known as a “Streamliner” for its long, sleek look, and powered by a revolutionary compact diesel engine, it would cover 1,015 miles in a record 15 hours. By the 1940s, fleets of streamliners crisscrossed the country making the US passenger rail system the envy of the world. Using beautiful period footage and photographs – some of which have been held in private collections and never viewed by the public – and interviews with the men and women who rode and worked on the rails, Streamliners: America’s Lost Trains uncovers the dramatic story of the rise and fall of an American passenger rail system that was the envy of the world.