Streamliners: America's Lost Trains
Documentary follows the rise and fall of the American railroad system and the genesis of a desing movement on the rails and in popular culture.
On the morning of May 26, 1934, a shimmering silver locomotive pulled out of Denver's Union Station bound for Chicago. 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 could cover 1015 miles in a record 15 hours. By the 1940s, fleets of streamliners crisscrossed the country, making the U.S. passenger rail system the envy of the world. But within two decades, the era of these supertrains was over, dozens of routes were discontinued and the cars sold off to Canada and Japan.