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Railroads played a crucial role in building America decades ago. So it is only fitting that Strasburg Rail Road played a role in recreating that piece of history on the History's new series "The Men Who Built America," premiering October 16, 2012 at 9:00pm EST.
The new History miniseries claims "America wasn't discovered, it was built." The series shines a spotlight on the influential builders, dreamers and believers who transformed the United States into the greatest economic and technological superpower the world had ever seen. Among the men featured: John D. Rockefeller, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford and J.P. Morgan. These men are depicted in the series, detailing how they created the American Dream and transformed the nation as they built the oil, rail, steel, shipping, automobile and finance industries.
Strasburg Rail Road served as the backdrop for the "rail" industry segments. The History crew filmed at Strasburg Rail Road over the summer, using engine 89 (Circa 1910) and the historic station platform for a number of scenes. According to History, the series was created by "using state of the art computer generated imagery that incorporates 12 million historical negatives, many made available for the first time by the Library of Congress."
Founded during the first term of President Andrew Jackson, Strasburg Rail Road grew up with America and today its mission is to preserve railroading history. The rail road team is proud to play a part in this event series that will show how these great men came to create the America of today. Strasburg Rail Road will also be featured in an upcoming History show called 101 Inventions that Changed the World. The show is expected to air in January 2013