The parts I like most of the show are the historical parts. Matt in a normal voice describing Who, what, when, and why about that segment. I try to overlook the other parts that I am not in favor of.
lpetrich wrote:Some YouTube video of the world's longest train, which was 7.4 km / 4.6 mi long, and is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. It had 8 locomotives distributed along the train and controlled by remote control (Locotrol) from the front one, and it was hauling 682 railcars loaded with iron ore.I hope Matt likes the cold
I checked out Churchill, Murmansk, Vorkuta, and Yakutsk to see which was the coldest; those towns are at the northern ends of various railroad lines or soon will be. Russian Railways (RZD) goes to Murmansk and Vorkuta, and a line is being built from the Baikal-Amur Mainline to Yakutsk; it currently ends at Tommot.
From http://www.worldclimate.com average January temperatures:
Churchill: -27.4 C / -17.2 F
Murmansk: -10.3 C / 13.5 F
Vorkuta: -19.7 C / -3.4 F
Yakutsk: -42.5 C / -44.4 F
You have to use "j" for the semivowel usually transcribed as "y" in Russian words; that's to avoid confusion with the vowel also transcribed as "y". Thus, I searched for "Jakutsk" and "Syktyvkar".
Though Murmansk and Vorkuta are farther north than Churchill (68.97 N and 67.50 N vs. 58.75 N), they are not as cold, because the Gulf Stream warms them. Yakutsk is very cold, because it is inland, which Churchill more-or-less is.
Mountcastle wrote:Yes, the entire show I thought to myself, "if only they'd showcase the glories of Rochester, New York, this episode would be redeemed." Alas, nary a snooty yuppie on a cell phone, neither a Kodak billboard, nor a retired drag queen from Club Marcella anywhere to be seen. A complete waste of my time.