The hit PBS series Tracks Ahead has a unique appeal for train lovers of all ages. Now broadcast on more than 200 PBS stations across America, Japan, host Spencer Christian (formerly of ABC’s Good Morning America fame) presents the best of steam locomotives, railroad stories, model trains and art.
An all new season, Tracks Ahead 7, was released in January, 2009. As with the previous two seasons, it is in high definition, with digital 5.1 surround sound. The 14 part season includes segments from Japan, the Caribbean, Patagonia, and all around the United States.
Two other high definition series are out. Tracks Ahead 5 was released in 2003, and Tracks Ahead 6 was released in 2006. Each series is available on your local Public TV station, with a formidable lineup of features for railroading novices as well as experts. The series is available to all PBS stations in high definition and digital 5.1 surround sound, and in regular letterboxed TV. If you don’t see it, contact your local PBS affiliate and ask about the series.
Work continues on Season 8, with approximately 80% of the material shot. As of March, 2010, about half the segments are edited and ready for insertion in the final program lineup. The remainder of the material will be acquired in summer and Fall, 2010, with one potential trip falling into 2011. Check the Travels Section for more details and to stay current on the trips.
Release of Season 8 has been pushed to 2011.
As always, the magazine-style series explores every aspect of the railroads of the world. You’ll see railroad prototypes, models, personalities and lore covering not only the railways and modelers of the past, but of the present and future.