Extreme Trains: Season 1
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(Jun 30, 2009)
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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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I particularly loved his coverage of UP844, the construction of PRR's Horseshoe curve, NS Coal Trains, NS (formerly PRR) workshop at Juniata, UP's transcontinental route, Steam town at Scranton as well as Amtrak's high speed Acela at the NE corridor. He presents the various aspects in a typically, I should say, Yankee way of being humorous and less serious and covers various practical matters being a Railroader himself.
I enjoyed it; There are some bonus features as well
The camera work is well done, and captures the hard steel and movement of a train. Matt Bown is a great host who adds excitement and his love of trains with the audience, giving great descriptions of the technical aspects of railroading. You'll walk away from the show with a greater understanding of trains and a deeper love for them as well.
The extras are nice, as there are some scenes from nearly every episode that never aired. I would liked to have seen some audio commentary though.
This is a nice set of DVDs on trains for the common person. Some people comment that Matt Brown appears obnoxious... I think his enthusiasm shows through.
Many other train shows only depict old, grainy outdoor images of trains going past on the screen. What I liked about this show was that it took the viewer behind the scenes, and put the trains in context of something bigger. And they have a good selection, including "steamies" and the Acela express that travels from Washington DC to Boston. There's even a circus train.
If you or your kid like trains, this is a great buy. If you're a very serious train enthusiast looking for detailed specifics of locomotive make and model, this show is probably not for you.
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!