- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: September 20, 2006
The golden age of railroading may be behind us, but the freight train remains the backbone the American economy.
- For over a decade, MODERN MARVELS has brought grand stories to life.
- The ultimate celebration and investigation of engineering excellence.
- Watch operations at the Union Pacific's massive Bailey Yard.
Celebrating ingenuity, invention and imagination brought to life on a grand scale, MODERN MARVELS® tells the fascinating stories of the doers, dreamers and sometime-schemers who created everyday items, technological breakthroughs and man-made wonders.
They are the life blood of the American Economy, transporting 1.8 billion tons of freight each year. Freight trains carry everything from crops to coal, cars to chemicals, and just about every other item that you can think of. MODERN MARVELS® visits what is considered the greatest freight transportation system in the world, the Union Pacific's Bailey yard--a pit stop for much of the nation's freight on its journey across the continent. The hour also explores the history of freight transportation from its humble beginnings as tramways in mines to the vast system of rails that stretches to every corner of the nation.