Great American Railway Journeys “San Francisco to Sausalito, California” 28 July 2022: Thursday on BBC Four

Great American Railway Journeys "San Francisco to Sausalito, California" 28 July 2022: Thursday on BBC Four 11

Armed with his trusty Appleton’s Guide, Michael Portillo’s rail journey through California takes him to the commercial metropolis of San Francisco. Riding through the vibrant streets by cable car, Michael finds out how 19th-century engineering overcame the challenge of scaling the city’s steep hills and gets behind the scenes with the 144-year-old engines driving the cables.

In the Presidio neighbourhood, Michael discovers San Francisco’s long tradition for fine printing and learns the historic hand-crafted techniques before his treasured guidebook is evaluated by the experts. Hitching a ride on a hippy ‘love bus’ to the heart of the gay district, Michael traces the roots of the city’s LGBTQ scene back to the era of the gold rush and is invited to a fund-raising ‘drag brunch’. He stops off at the marina to tuck into a local seafood speciality brought to the city by Italian immigrants. And, heading across the bay to Sausalito, he boards a schooner to hear the story of Matthew Turner, the most prolific ship builder of his time.



About Great American  Railway Journeys

Great Railway Journeys is a BBC documentary series presented by Michael Portillo, a former Conservative MP and Cabinet Minister who was instrumental in saving the Settle to Carlisle line from closure in 1989 (Wikipedia).

This show is broadcast on BBC Two, also known as the British Broadcasting Corporation.

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