by Otto Vondrak
This show is not intended for foamers and other hardcore railfans, a population once noted in one posters signature tag on these forums as a lot whose level of geekdom exceeded even that of Trekkies. It's a TV show designed to entertain and interest the casual viewer and casual railfan. One of the problems with the railfanning "hobby" for the vast majority of potential railfans is the complete and total buzzkill of the extreme railfans obsessed with the slightest technical detail and an overarching need to be right about everything.
It's an easy and mindless hour of TV to DVR and watch on a rainy day, to learn a little something, or to interest kids and the general public in trains. It's not a technical manual or 3 credit history seminar course.
Relax and enjoy it or go out and look at real trains. I just don't see the big deal or why folks are getting all fired up over it not being "factual". As William Shatner told Chris Farley and the other SNL "Trekkies", get a life.
FWIW, I think the host does a fine job. He clearly is enjoying himself and gets some good info across. To some of us, it's much better than a monotone lecture on the technical specifics of some particular locomotive or something obscure, inane, or arcane.