- 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: June 8, 1998
From the era of the Pinkertons and Jesse James to the present day, see how America's railroads protect their passengers and cargo.
In the lawless wilds of the Old West, trains were an inviting target for outlaws. After many were held up by people like Jesse James and Butch Cassidy, the railroads responded by hiring security companies (and occasional freelance gunfighters). Soon, the Pinkertons were a household word, their battles against renegades and outlaws a recurring theme in the early days of rail travel.
While the Pinkertons' glory days have long passed, the problem of keeping trains and their passengers and freight safe remains. RAILROAD POLICE tells the story of security on the American rails, from the colorful days of horse-bound gangsters to the high-tech systems that guard against terrorism and vandalism today. Railroad historians share incredible stories of heists and schemes, and tell how the hobo culture forever changed life on the rails. And security experts show some of the latest developments in the never-ending battle to keep America's railroads safe.