GETTING THE MESSAGE OUT. The History Channel has a new (to me) series called "Extreme Trains." In tonight's show, host Matt Bown, himself a working railroader, presented a hot BNSF doublestacker on the Long Beach to Fort Worth run. Sure, the show had some cheesy steam-era video, and the purpose appears to be to showcase stereotyped guy stuff such as lift bridges, Imperial Walkers, grease guns, turbochargers, and moon buggies for inspecting trains at desert division points. The background, however, is a serious freight train moving serious tonnage on world-class infrastructure. Not a passenger train in sight, and no apologies for their lack. I like that.

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