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.
Going from the port of Los Angeles to Dallas/Fort Worth, this high-priority freight train, one of Matt's longtime favorites, brings goods from the Far East to stores across the US. In this episode Matt endures the searing heat of the Mojave desert, gets drenched in New Mexico rainstorms and rides through an earthquake-proof trench that runs the length of downtown LA. The episode also covers the first train robbers in the US.