The Altoona MIrror carried a story of local, and national, interest. The History Channel has a new reality show dealing with trains and one of the episodes is on Acela.
A little bit of local train history has made it to TV.
Norfolk Southern’s Juniata Locomotive Shops and the Horseshoe Curve are part of the first episode of The History Channel’s new series “Extreme Trains.”
The episode airs at 10 p.m. Tuesday, but repeats at 11 p.m. Sunday, said Kathie Gordon, director of public affairs and communications of the History Channel.
The reality show, which includes eight episodes, goes behind-the scenes in a vital but little-known industry. The opening episode focuses on Norfolk Southern’s freight train carrying millions of tons of coal from the mines of western Pennsylvania over the mountains to electric plants.
According to the Web site, future shows will focus on the Amtrak’s 150 mph Acela, Ringling Bros. Circus Train and the Union Pacific’s refrigerated train traveling from Washington state to New York.
The show is hosted by Matt Bown, a conductor for Pan Am Railways and a native of central Maine.
It will air at 10 p.m. Tuesdays.