Extreme Trains Complete Season One Review And Giveaway

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I always loved toy trains. When I made my list for Santa I always asked for one. I didn’t get it ever. Later as a teen, I asked my father to get me one for Christmas. He refused explaining I was a girl. Eventually I moved out and married. The first Christmas I bought myself a train. I have been collecting them on and off ever since.

The History Channel has great non-fiction DVD’s. Recently I got to watch its “Extreme Trains“. I enjoyed seeing monster railroad trains and engines do their job. I want to highlight two of them right now then let you find out about the others for yourself.

Pennsylvania’s Norfolk Southern RR rides a 105 car mile long train. If that isn’t enough those cars move 16,000 tons of coal across the Alleghanys, through Johnstown, then on to its power plant destination. Wow! See helper locomotives, 20% steep grades, full throttle 10 MPH, a dangerous horseshoe curve 1,800 feet across and a half mile long as this extreme train travels the rails.

B & S’s 7,000 foot freight train travels from the Port of Los Angeles to Fort Worth. Its 250 cars of double stacked containers carry 29,000 tons of cargo, mostly high end electronics, from customs to the international hub in 48 hours. Is this speeding? It navigates special bridges, traveling under a city knows for its earthquakes, getting to the San Bernardino Pass, the Cajon Pass Tunnel and Summit, the Mojave Desert, Barstow Maintenance, and Able Canyon, on the way to Alliance. Hazards include scorching temperature, flash flooding, and landslides.

Other trains featured include a high speed train, an ice cold express, a steam train, an overnight train, and a transcontinental one. FYI: This old lady loved seeing and learning about them all.

Extreme Trains Complete Season One DVD is available to purchase from the History shop and is currently on sale for $15.98.


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97 thoughts on “Extreme Trains Complete Season One Review And Giveaway

  1. I subscribe! (And please pardon the horrible typo in my first post. I of course meant “I’ve ridden trains” instead of “written” them! LOL!)

  2. I’ve written trains quite a bit. When I lived in DC (back when I was single & no kids right after college), I would ride the Amtrak from Wash., DC back up to Massachusetts to visit family & friends. Nice, fairly quick, convenient. But that was years ago. My most recent train experience was riding on “Thomas the Train” with my son a few years back…now THAT was fun! LOL!

  3. I have ridden lots of trains, both in Europe and the US. It’s a fun way to travel- a little slow sometimes, but a good way to get to know people and see some different scenery.

  4. Darcy,

    Are you a Californian?  I took the train from LA to San Diego last year to see my son sail in to port. I also took the local one around he town.


  5. I wrote an amtrak train from NC to GA… it was quite the experience. I think I prefer flying, but the train was very roomy.
    oheeyore at hotmail dot com

  6. i’ve ridden an amtrak train to new york and then on to canada. it was a nice, though long, experience. i especially like the food car!

  7. I recently went to Scotland on my honeymoon and we rode the train from Glasgow to Bathgate to see The Highland Games! Unfortunately it wasn’t a real fancy or classic train (like the picture on the dvd)… but it was enjoyable all the same for being my first train ride!!

  8. Ally,

    I traveled from Newark, New Jersey to Miami, Florida via train back in the 50’s.  I gtraveled by bus from New York City to Orlando, Florida back in the 70’s.  The train was the better trip.


  9. I’ve ridden a train one time, Pat. From Portland, Oregon to Missoula, Montana and back when I was a teenager (won’t say how long ago!)

    Was a great trip and very relaxing and of course better than being cramped in a Greyhound bus!

  10. i used to ride the train to and from college occasionally–convenient and inexpensive–and then in the UK as well. VERY convenient, relatively cheap.

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