One of the biggest projects in U.S. history, the building of the transcontinental railroad is played out in “Hell on Wheels”. Four of the lead actors are Irish: Phil Burke, Irish Canadian; Colm Meany, Dublin; Robin McLeavy, Australia – ancestry Ireland; Dominique McElligott, Ireland, and many other Irish actors in the cast.
This is a great TV series of the hardship of forging into the West from Chicago by the Irish and the freed slaves during and immediately after the American Civil War, working together -superbly written and re-enacted. If you have not been watching – you are missing a great portrayal of America’s history - superbly written and acted by great Irish actors of this era. And once again shows what Irish immigrants who fought in the civil war and then worked on this railroad did to help build the U.S.A.. Don't be put off by the series name - this is a series for all men, women and children (might want to make sure they are the correct age - a little rough and tough).