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Extreme Trains: Season 1

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Your ticket to some of the most thrilling, high-octane train rides in history is here! Extreme Trains host Matt Brown, a real-life railroad conductor from New England, brings his infectious passion for these monster machines to rail journeys across the United States. Feel the force of railroads in history, and see how railroading is about more than machines, cargo and challenging terrain. From the demolition of Penn Station, to the first train robbers and how the Nazis tried to blow up the rails in World War II, to the human blood, sweat and tears of the stokers, engineers, and bathroom cleaners that keep the industry moving, tag along with Matt on one of history s most exciting rides. Episodes include Amtrak s Empire Builder, The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Freight Train, The Norfolk Southern Coal Train, The Ringling Bros. Circus Train,
and The Union Pacific Refrigeration Train.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Matt Bown
  • Directors: History Channel
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC, Closed-captioned
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: June 30, 2009
  • Run Time: 376 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001M9OL5S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,313 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By S. Vasquez on December 21, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
"We" are watching this series as it comes on TV now and have seen all the episodes to date (not in order): high speed Acela, Ice cold produce train, Coal train, Amtrak sleeper train, steam train... did I miss any?

We have a train crazed 5 year old who makes us watch them over and over on our DVR until the next new episode runs and he then fixates on that one... We like the host Matt - I describe him as an adorable train geek - and as a parent I dont find him annoying like some video narrator/hosts can be (after you have to listen to the same video 100 times with you child) and the sound bites my 5 year old are picking up from him are more funny than anything ("full speed and full throttle" is one...)

The series is a good blend of info on the featured train and tangents into related subjects (how do you clean out a steam engines boiler? where do old freezer car box cars go to die and be recycled?...) If this video set was out now we would immeadiatley have bought it for Christmas (and to free up the space on our DVR) or told our childs uncles and such to get it for him for a present!
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By D. Taylor on December 27, 2008
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I stumbled upon this series while looking for train shows for my 6 year old son...he loves the show so much we have almost every show to date and will definitely buy this dvd. He has even begun to say "Hello, my name is Kieran and ever since I was little I have loved trains."

I have to agree Matt is awesome...he is grown kid playing with real life trains....I learned so much about trains and the history about them that I can't wait til next season....Trains rule at our house! We are train matter where trains are we will find them.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Michael N. Wilmot on December 9, 2008
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This documentary about massive trains and their destinations has been one of the most interesting series on the TV since Tony Robinson's Worst Jobs in History. Matt Brown is a train man: a conductor on a state of Maine rail line . He talks to the camera like he is talking to all of us as he rides the train or performs the many jobs that are needed to get the train to the Job.
I have seen all of the shows to date and I can't wait to collect all of these on DVD . Well worth the wait .Coming is the Ringling Brothers Circus Train .Tonight is the Steam Train episode.
Also what about the blue CSX Passenger train that pulls through Atlanta ? It must have at least 17 coaches . Is it a passenger train or a moving university ? I don't know . It might be an idea for a future episode.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ransom Park on June 17, 2010
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This two disk set shows a lot of different trains and train operations. But it sometimes seemed this series is more about the host than the topic. His face fills the screen constantly, with quick cuts to different train operations. I saw a lot of quick glimpses into how things are done, but would have really enjoyed longer, more detailed shots of the hardware and shorter shots of the host. One thing for sure, I know what the host looks like while riding and working around trains. I'm certainly no expert, but I did hear one bit of information about train line brakes that was backwards (applying air to the train brake line applies the brakes, which it doesn't). Later on in another segment the host seems to get the correct script and mentions the actual way train brakes work. There's some interesting shots in a major locomotive repair facility, and in the railroad control center. Just be ready to see the technical stuff once the host moves his face out of the way. Did we get to see how a locomotive is started? No. Why they are rarely shut down? No. Close-up shots of the instrument panel, especially the ones with computer screens? No. All in all it's enjoyable and worth the price. But the camera crew was RIGHT THERE! They could have captured so much more, but missed it. If you're not interested in the technical stuff, than you'll probably be 100% satisfied. Otherwise, get ready to join the host close up and ride the rails (while looking over his shoulder).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trains and planes on March 17, 2012
Format: DVD
I watched most of the episodes in this series when they were on TV, and they reminded me of a college term paper that lacks enough substance, trying hard to fill the professor's minimum page requirement by using large fonts and wide margins.

In other words, these shows do their best to squeeze about 20-25 minutes of worthwhile content into a one hour show. The host is not a good narrator or storyteller, and the video gimmicks get old in a hurry.

The core information in each one is interesting to both railfans and casual viewers alike, but the script repeats nearly everything more than once in an effort to fill the time allotted, and the host often resorts to silly or stupid questions and weak humor to try to justify his existence. In one particular episode I wondered if the engineer and conductor were contemplating tossing him off the train to be rid of the annoyance.

If the producers had recognized these episodes don't need an hour, and that the host's style is more suited to a young children's show, they could have put out a much better product with 30 minute episodes and a host who knows how to talk to adults.

Given the price - $10.49 as of March 17, 2012 - go ahead and buy it if you're interested. As long as you can ignore the host's shortcomings and have a fast-forward on your DVD player you'll be able to enjoy the good parts. If I could find a way to edit them, I'd cut the episodes down to the enjoyable segments and actually watch them from time to time. Lacking that ability and/or the time to do it, I'm satsified enough having seen this on TV that I don't plan to buy this DVD set.
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