Parents' Guide to

Extreme Trains

By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Everything you ever wanted to know about trains.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 1 parent review

age 5+

my son loves this show!

my 5 yr old LOVES trains so he loves this show. occasionally, they say "hell" i think or some other word i'd rather him not hear, but he seems not to notice cause he loves to watch and learn abt the trains.wish they'd put it back on.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Bown, a train conductor in real life and a lifelong railroad aficionado, is clearly having the time of his life riding these powerful trains, and his enthusiasm is infectious. He makes what might seem mundane feel exciting and imparts a wealth of inside information about the rail industry. But parts of the show might seem a bit too esoteric to people who don't share his love of the railroad. Sure, it's interesting to see how steep a hill is too steep, but viewers might not need to learn the inner workings of both the specialized machines designed to remove the spikes that hold the tracks in the ground and the automated glue guns that fill in the resulting holes.

Extreme Trains is a worthy entry in the ever-expanding genre of reality shows that go behind the scenes in challenging and often dangerous jobs. But, while driving a 15,000-ton coal train is certainly a difficult and specialized task, watching it doesn't deliver the same drama as, say, watching crab fishermen battle the elements in Alaska or Canadian truckers haul their loads across frozen roads.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: November 11, 2008
  • Cast: Matt Bown
  • Network: History
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: February 24, 2022

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