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Mighty Trains is a documentary television program produced in Canada and aired on Discovery Channel Canada. Each episode of the series follows a particular train.

Sunday at 9:00 PM on Smithsonian Channel
2 Seasons, 12 Episodes
September 3, 2017
Documentary & Biography, Travel
Cast: Teddy Wilson
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  • On Europe's high-speed rail network, between Barcelona and Madrid, crews work to expand the infrastructure for a new train.

  • Passengers are treated like royalty on Indian Railways' Maharaja's Express.

  • The Rocky Mountaineer travels across western Canada and over the Rocky Mountains.

  • Trains in Sweden

  • Following a $280-million restoration project, passengers can once again experience one of the most spectacular and dangerous rail journeys in the world on Ecuador's Tren Crucero flagship luxury train.

  • KiwiRail's scenic journeys through New Zealand may appear serene to passengers, but to the conductors and engineers who keep these tour trains running, it takes hard work and nerves of steel. Embark on two odysseys through the country's northern and southern islands, past treacherous fault lines, active volcanoes, and dizzying heights. Visit epic landscapes, including Hobbiton, home to the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies, as well as the site of the most devastating rail disaster in New Zealand's history.

  • In April, Skagway, Alaska, is a quiet little village, but from May through September, it transforms into a boomtown. Every year, thousands of cruise ship passengers dock here and take a ride on the historic White Pass & Yukon Route to get a taste of what the life was like for Klondike gold miners over a century ago. Embark on a journey through mountains, glaciers, gorges, waterfalls, tunnels, and trestles, and discover the challenges involved in maintaining this mountain railway and keeping its rare, old locomotives in top hauling form.

  • The Ghan takes passengers on a three-day, two-night journey across Australia, from Adelaide in the south through the country's red center to Darwin in the tropical Top End. This train offers an unforgettable 1,865-mile adventure for foreigners and Aussies alike, but there is no end to the challenges it faces while charging through rough, raw, and remote areas. See how the Ghan and her dedicated crew keep its guests pampered and entertained while readying itself against floods, brush fires, and the sheer vastness of the Outback.

  • It is one of the most famous trains on Earth and is built for tackling steep mountains every day. Take a height-defying ride aboard the Glacier Express and discover the time-honored technology and amazing engineering that make it one of the planet's mightiest trains. Then witness all of the spectacular geography this train fits into one eight-hour shift, from the base of the Matterhorn to the Rhone valley, from the Furka Tunnel to the Oberalp Pass, and from the Rhine gorge to the Landwasser Viaduct.

  • The Glacier Express climbs almost 5 kilometers during its daily eight hour journey on a route that challenges locomotives to their max, and yet is so beautifully engineered the railway has been declared an UNESCO Heritage Site – one of only three railroads in the world with that honour. Running between Zermatt, at the foot of the famous Matterhorn, and the ski town of St Moritz, the Glacier Express travels across the mighty Swiss Alps as it runs from one side of the country to the other. 250,000 people a year take this train, which has been running this route since 1930, yet parts of the rail line have been in operation for more than 125 years

  • Japan's Tokaido Shinkansen, known as the bullet train, operates on a dedicated railway line at up to 285 km/h.

  • The iconic Canadian travels between Vancouver and Toronto; passengers travel in vintage streamliner cars built in the 1950s.

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