RE: "Extreme Trains"
I caught the show last night..
and yeah, the host could be better..
but apart from that, I quite liked the show!
I thought it showed an aspect of railroading most people never really get to see..
(if you missed it, it was about taking a Norfolk Southern coal train across Pennsylvania)
The filming was very good..very good and unusual railroading scenes..
not the kind of kind of thing you see just standing next to the tracks!
I only caught a few minor annoyances:
In the beginning, he was very clearly saying Nor-(F-word) Southern..
very clearly enunciating the f-word..
he then later changed to the proper Nor-folk..
its "Horseshoe Curve".. its always been "Horseshoe Curve"
no one, ever, says "THE Horseshoe Curve"!
that annoyed me!
He kept saying "The Horseshoe Curve" over and over..
Did you know early brakemen used to stop a train by sticking their feet out in front of the locomotive?
I didnt either..because it never happened!
creative editing messed up the train a few times..
they started out over the Alleghenys with a SD70 in the lead..it later magically changed to a GE!
(it was obviously footage from two different trains, meant to represent the same train)
but probably no one but me would notice that..
I plan to watch more episodes!
I thought overall it was pretty entertaining..
It really showed railroads in a very positive light, talking about how vital and important they are..
which is a good thing for the general public to see IMO..