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.
All board the longest privately owned train in the world, the circus train from Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey! PT Barnum's circus train started in the 1870s; and the US military used circus loading techniques in World War I. Matt and the circus race against the clock to dismantle tons of equipment and get it on the rails. As they travel from Baltimore to the Washington, DC corridor in the dead of night, Matt discovers the less glamorous side to the greatest show on earth.