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“Steel Rails in Arkansas” Premieres Nov. 22

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Arkansas has more than 2,700 miles of railroad track operated by 20 different railroads, making rail transportation an important part of the state's history, heritage and economy! AETN original “Steel Rails in Arkansas” is a family film that explores everything railroad in Arkansas, including trains in action, restored railroad depots, train shows and miniature train layouts.


Among railroads featured in the film are Arkansas and Missouri Railroad, Dardanelle and Russellville Railroad, Union Pacific Railroad, Little Rock and Western Railroad and Amtrak. Also highlighted are restored depot museums at Russellville, McGehee, Brinkley, Hope, Springdale, Van Buren, Mena, Morrilton, Pine Bluff/Jefferson County and the Arkansas Railroad Musuem.


In addition to working trains and historical depots, the film includes the following miniature train layouts: Russell Tedder’s Live Oak, Perry and Gulf; Doug Farner’s Blue Ridge and Southern; Faulkner County Museum’s Missouri Pacific and Union Pacific; Tommy Little’s Rock Island; the Lionel Christmas display at Laman Library in North Little Rock; holiday lights at Garvan Woodland Gardens; and the Sugg outdoor train display at Hot Springs.


Other cities and towns featured include: Judsonia, Winslow, Newport, Adona, Mountainburg, Fort Smith, Austin, Palarm, Dumas, Pickens, Perry and Fordyce. 


Airing in conjunction with “Steel Rails” Sunday, Nov. 22, at 1:30 p.m. is “Trains Around North America,” which traces America’s railroad history, telling the stories of the continent’s historic and scenic tourist railroads. “Steel Rails” will repeat Sunday, Nov. 22, at 11 p.m.


A photo gallery and ordering information for a DVD with bonus features is available at


Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015

“Steel Rails in Arkansas,” 3:30 p.m