- 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 15, 1997
Pullman porters and the Crescent Limited, the Tom Thumb and the Big Boy, building a nation and growing with it this is the thrilling story of railroads in America.
From the first tiny locomotive in 1825 to the nationwide rail network that moves countless tons of freight and millions of passengers daily, this is an enthralling ride through the history of the American railroads.
The railroads took a young nation and helped it grow into an international power. They helped win the West, they tamed the vast distances of the continental country, and they became an essential part of America's commerce, economy and folklore. STOKIN' THE FIRE is the definitive history of America's railroads. From their role in the Civil War to the heyday of the Pullman Car to today, follow the growth of the railroads through dramatic footage, rare photos, and interviews with the people who have made their livelihood from them. Trace the evolution of the steam engine from the tiny Tom Thumb to the mighty Big Boy the largest and most powerful steamer ever built and see how diesels took over after World War II. Go onboard some of the most luxurious trains of all, and climb aboard for a ride in a modern locomotive.