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  The Chatter Box : Blathering On
Extreme Trains. by tucsonmike on 30 November 2008 1:06am
Something Mr. Palin might enjoy. It is on History Channel. The host is a freight conductor in Maine. The three episodes I saw are:
Coal train across Pennsylvania from Greene County South of Pittsburgh to Washingtonville, PA.

BNSF train from L.A. to Forth Worth.

Acela Passenger from Washington, D.C.-Boston.

Fed my love of trains.
Re: Extreme Trains. by ev on 30 November 2008 11:44am
Ah, have you seen or heard of this website Mike, called "Seat61"? It's won many awards and contains detailed information about train routes on every continent:

Re: Extreme Trains. by mrsthing on 30 November 2008 10:08pm
Jeez, what is it with the "extreme" shows? I saw one once called "Extreme Oil Drilling" that grossly exaggerated the dangers involved in the day to day function of a land-based oil drilling operation. Then there was "The Big Sting", which was a laughably dramatic show about poisonous insects.

But about trains: I rode the Acela from New Haven to Baltimore twice last year, and loved it both times. It was hard getting used to the jarring collision of air streams when we passed another train, but other than that, it was very nice.

My great-grandfather worked on the railroad in the late 1800s--I can't remember what he did. My grandfather also worked on the railroad briefly. Sadly, he died a few years after WWI from lung damage due to mustard gas.
Re: Extreme Trains. by tucsonmike on 30 November 2008 11:27pm
I guess, you would call the huge freight trains extreme. A Mile and a half long freight train is pretty involved. The Acela needs a route of its own, like the TGV.
Re: Extreme Trains. by Miss-M on 1 December 2008 3:07am
Mike, did you used to dodge trains when you were a little boy? Do you still dodge them now?
Re: Extreme Trains. by tucsonmike on 1 December 2008 12:48pm
Never dodged trains. I grew up too far away and now I am a little long in the tooth, LOL!
Re: Extreme Trains. by Miss-M on 1 December 2008 10:57pm
So I guess you never indulged in train surfing either? :)
Re: Extreme Trains. by kazzzz on 2 December 2008 4:49am
Missy don't give him ideas!
Re: Extreme Trains. by Lounge Trekker on 2 December 2008 5:43am
I once had a job where I got to move boxcars full of chips in a sawmill. It was great until I ran one off the tracks! I dialled and twisted and cranked on that brake but it didn't bite on time. Auf angst in die Hosen schiesse (I ***t a brick)! No sweat, the operator of the machine used to move lumber just put it back on the tracks.

Not extreme at all.

Choo-choo Trekker

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