" In the depths of the Great Depression, the railroads, like the rest of America, suffered through hard times. With profits cut in half and riders defecting to planes and automobiles, the railroads needed a bold move to boost ridership. Their answer was the streamliners; sleek, fast and bold, these specially-designed passenger trains helped revive a fading industry. AMERICAN STREAMLINER journeys back to the days when steam was king to show how these revolutionary trains came into existence, and how they redefined the industry. From the Hiawatha to the Southern Pacific Daylight, take to the rails aboard some of the most famous trains ever built, and see how the huge, cumbersome engines were redesigned to reflect the smooth sensibilities of the art-deco age. Discover the spectacular advances in engineering, metallurgy and aerodynamics that made these trains possible, and thrill to extensive footage of them in action. It is a nostalgic, informative look at a fabled chapter in railroading history, the glorious age of the AMERICAN STREAMLINER."