Length 30 minutes
Locations: Chicago to San Francisco
Time Period: 1990’s
Sources: James Bolser, Steve Neff, John M. Koch, Charlie Brown
Howard Goodwin is our usual host from the All Aboard Television series. These are usually abbreviated, full length Green Frog releases. They have the front and concluding bumpers with Howard.
The Amtrak California Zephyr begins at Chicago’s Union Station. Presentation is in a PBS style program. Interviews with Amtrak employees and various people along the way. The journey ends in Oakland. The little tavern stop, priceless!
What about the actual train, and it’s travels to California? The focus is clearly on the people, some on the train, many aren’t even near it. The featured Zephyr is second, as far as screentime. Viewers will learn much history. An inside look at running the train is provided by the railroad employees. Multiple cab rides with talkative engineers, are an interesting aspect.
Quality is first-rate. A departure from the typical train program. We wander through some of the places where the California Zephyr stops. Interesting and personalized approach.
Rating: 4 Stars