‘Mighty Trains’ is a documentary series that debuted on Discovery Channel Canada in 2016. Each episode of this show is centered around a particular train that follows the enormous machine on wheels as it passes through breathtaking landscapes. Giving a first-hand glimpse of these luxury, extraordinary locomotives and introducing viewers to the incredible crew who operate these machines, it helps us understand how trains hold a distinctive appeal of their own.
‘Mighty Trains’ was picked up by Smithsonian Channel to air for its US audience and the show debuted here on September 3, 2017. It is produced by Kathryn Oughtred and Kip Spidell of Bell Media/Exploration Production Inc. For Smithsonian, Joy Galane and David Royle are credited as executive producers.
Mighty Trains Cast: Who is in it?
‘Mighty Trains’ is narrated by Canadian native, TV personality, and producer, Teddy Wilson. He is best known for hosting the reality shows, ‘Never Ever Do This At Home’ and ‘InnerSpace’. He has acted on the internationally syndicated series ‘You Can’t Do That On Television’ and has served as a senior producer for ‘MTV Live’.
Mighty Trains Plot: What is it about?
‘Mighty Trains’ lends a never-seen-before look into some of the globe’s most iconic and extravagant trains. The enormous locomotives covered across the episodes range from vintage, luxe machines to high-speed, revolutionary trains. We witness these humongous trains as they carry passengers on dream honeymoon destinations across Canada and over Japan’s earthquake-prone tectonic plates. Additionally, the series also introduces us to the crews, who ensure that their passengers are comfortable, safe, and reach on time.
As each one-hour-long episode unfolds, you get the chance to enter these powerful locomotives and witness the spectacular views as they swerve through striking terrains. Along with the sessions of rail travel, Wilson lends detailed insights about the scenic routes traversed by the automobiles on a regular basis. He also explores the technological working mechanisms and gives additional pieces of information via immersive conversations with train drivers, load-masters, head chefs, track inspectors, rail traffic control officers, and passengers.
To cite a few examples, some of the trains featured on the show include Canada’s Rocky Mountaineer and India’s Maharajas’ Express. Both of them are iconic, luxurious vessels in their respective countries. The route of Rocky Mountaineer spans almost the whole of Western Canada and the Rocky Mountains — stretching from Vancouver to Banff. In this breathtaking journey, audiences get an option to enjoy the picturesque views of British Columbia and Alberta, including diverse landscapes, crystal-blue oceans, and unseen wilderness. The Rocky Mountaineer is the only passenger train that runs on a railroad line, which is otherwise packed with huge freight trains. It operates on a 16-cylinder engine and uses 3,000 horsepower. Additionally, the total distance covered by this locomotive to date is 8 million kilometers!