EXTREME TRAINS, hosted by Matt Bown, reveals the incredible inner workings and past lives of the amazing locomotives that haul huge loads across the nation and deliver passengers to their destinations. The series shows the huge part these trains have played in shaping American history--and how vital trains are to American life today.
Packed with cool technology, the series shows how the super-fast passenger trains get up to speeds of 150 mph. It celebrates the work of the men and women who work on the railroads, often doing tough gritty jobs in extreme conditions just to keep America moving. And it’s packed with great history, from circus trains to holdups and train wrecks to coal trains and high-speed passenger trains.
Matt joins the coal train hauling a priceless cargo of coal through Pennsylvania from mine to power plant. Getting the train, which weighs 1,400 tons when full, over the Allegheny mountains can be quite a challenge. Matt pitches in with the crew as they load up the train and learns how the Nazis tried to blow the tracks during World War II.