And now, as they said on Monty Python, for something completely different.
I’m not a fan of Top Gear, the BBC TV show about cars because, well, it’s about cars—not trains. But I happened to catch a re-run the other day; my wife saw it while clicking through the channels, and called me to come see it.
On this particular episode, the show’s hosts--Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May--attempt to make train travel cheaper, faster and more interesting by replacing conventional passenger cars and locomotives with fifth wheel trailers and cars to pull them.
The Top Gear team spent three weeks making the trains; they were filmed on the Great Central Heritage Railway. (Britain’s only double-track mainline heritage railway.)
In addition to the regular footage, the show also features one of the trains on fire and a crash.
I told you it was different.