Extreme Trains- Circus Train
Length: 44 minutes. Single Episode
Time Period: 2008 and some vintage circus film.
Locations: Baltimore to Washington, Steamtown USA, Palmetto, Fl.
Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus
Episode From Extreme Trains- Season One
Host: Matt Bown
As a fan of both railroad and circus, this title does get my attention. Does the presentation mix the two subjects together well? Do we get the desired mix of circus animals and iron horse?
These programs are packed with behind the scenes action. The Trainmaster is the man who is in charge, as far as this private train goes. The amount of work to prepare and move the circus is formidable. Time constraints add pressure to maintain the schedule. Maintenance and emergency repair tasks can be unexpected. Professionals , the Ringling crew gets it done.
A brief visit to Steamtown is the centerpiece of the historical aspect of the circus train.
This is a fun and informative program. There is quite a bit to see here. We are carrying some livestock. The Ringling Brothers are sidelined for a CSX freight. Decades ago, a circus train with animals would have had priority. Matt misses this point, so you readers are one up on him. Yes, livestock transportation had many rules and could rate higher than even passenger trains! Matt does a great job of telling the stories of circus trains and educating the audience about this one.
Another sidebar visit shows the circus mechanics with old car shells that will be rebuilt for the train.
Rating: 4 Stars