9 Volume Set. Goldhil Home Media. ~ Collector's Item. Only 2 complete sets left in the World. ~ Since their invention, railroads have captured the imagination of people of all ages and played a pivotal role in the industrial development of our world. Nowhere was this more true than in America. Railroads were the backbone of the nation, and their stories are full of the folklore and legends of American history. Today, children and adults of all ages continue to delight to the sights and sounds of these engineering marvels by visiting the many tourist railroads being maintained and operated around the country. America's Historic Steam Railroads takes viewers on unique and fascinating visits to the most popular steam locomotive-powered, historic railroads in the country. Scenic beauty, history and engineering accomplishments come together in America's Historic Steam Railroads. California Western Railroad Operating between Fort Bragg on the coast and the inland valley town of Willits, the California Western Railroad, or "Skunk Train" as it is knows, takes visitors on a 40-mile trip across the beautiful northern California countryside. For over 100 years trains have carried logs, loggers, freight and passengers through the towering redwoods and mountain meadows. A variety of railway equipment operates on the line, including a vintage 1925 motorcar and a magnificent Baldwin steam locomotive. A must see attraction in one of our nation's most beautiful regions. Cass Scenic Railroad Originally built in 1902 the Cass Scenic Railroad is an authentic preservation of a steam-powered mountain-logging railroad. The beautiful and high mountains of eastern West Virginia provide plenty of challenge for the railroad's collection of Heisler, Shay and Climax locomotives. Switchbacks and grades of 11 percent provide passengers with thrilling panoramas of mountain scenery. The charming town of Cass compliments the railroad and together take visitors back to a true turn-of-the-century experience. Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad From desert valley to rocky mountain passes the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is a 64-mile journey of unparalleled beauty and magnificent steam action! It is the longest and highest narrow gauge steam railroad in America. Originally trackage of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad, the line is now preserved as the finest remaining example of the vast network, which connected commercial outposts in the Rocky Mountain region and is now a Registered National Historic Site. Georgetown Loop Railroad Located in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado, the Georgetown Loop Railroad was built in the 1870's to serve the booming mining towns of Georgetown and Silver Plume. This narrow gauge line was an engineering wonder of its time, rising over six hundred feet between the two towns, making numerous sharp curves and actually looping over itself to negotiate the grade in a spectacular canyon. In addition to the beautiful scenery and fascinating history, the ride includes a tour of the old Silver Plume mine. The boom days of the Old West come alive at the Georgetown Loop Railroad. Grand Canyon Railway Turn-of-the-century railroading lives along the beautiful 65-mile line of the Grand Canyon Railway. Originally opened in 1901 by the Santa Fe Railway, the line was built to make the trip to the canyon as easy as possible and draw visitors to the spectacular sights of the west. Starting in historic Williams, Arizona this wonderful railroad takes passengers on a two-hour trip through pine forests and across small canyons and grassy plains right up to the south rim of the Grand Canyon. A memorable experience for the whole family! Illinois Railway Museum First organized in 1941, the Illinois Railway Museum is the result of over fifty years of dedicated volunteer work. Today it is one of the largest and most popular railroading showcases in the nation. Located in Union, Illinois, the museum features over 300 different pieces of railroad equipment including nine steam locomotives. Visitors enjoy scenic rides through the countryside and see first hand the viral role railroads played in building Chicago and the nation. From steam to diesel to trolley cars, the Illinois Railway Museum is a delight for everyone and its important restoration and preservation work insures that powerful steam locomotives will continue to be experienced for years to come. New Hampshire Steam Railroad Although small in size, New Hampshire is big on railroads! The Mt. Washington Cog Railway was started in 1869 and remains one of the most awesome rides in the world. Steam powered cog locomotives push passenger cars to the very top of Mt. Washington, the highest spot in the Northeast. South of Mt. Washington is the wonderful White Mountain Central Railroad featuring restored steam logging locomotives and east is the Conway Scenic Railroad with its magnificent station, working turntable and fabulous rolling stock. No other state has more steam trains per square mile than the Granite State. Roaring Camp & Big Trees Narrow-Gauge Railroad Located in the beautiful Redwood forests of Felton in California's Santa Cruz County, the Roaring Camp & Big Trees Railroad takes passengers back to the historic logging days when great steam locomotives carried giant redwood logs from forest to saw mill. The railroad climbs the steepest narrow-gauge grade in North America as it carries passengers through majestic groves of Coastal Redwoods, around tight turns and on to the top of Bear Mountain where passengers enjoy spectacular groves of Redwoods. Strasburg Railroad Open in 1832 the Strasburg Railroad is America's oldest continually operating shortline railroad. Its passengers ride through the beautiful Pennsylvania Dutch Amish country of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The Strasburg Railroad maintains one of the most outstanding collections of operating steam locomotives anywhere in the world and the passenger coaches are painstakingly maintained to give visitors a true turn-of-the-century railroad experience. 5 Hours approximately.