Everyone who knows me well enough, knows that I'm a big 'ol fan of trains. From the 103 Series operated by Japan Rail to the California Zephyr, they are simply the best. With this year being such a great one for Internet videos, I figured hey, it's about time I start up a list of the best train videos to make their way to the web this past year. So here are my top ten favorite train videos of 2017.
#10 24-Hour Norwegian Train Stream
The Norwegian Broadcasting Company, pioneers of "slow TV," aired this engineer's view of a train rolling through the winter landscape of Norway. Even better, someone has looped the whole thing and put it to stream 24/7 on YouTube! What a dream come true!
#9 Why Trains Are SO Expensive
Ya know, people are always asking "Why don't we have high-speed rail all across America??" And I constantly have to tell them, "because it would be cost prohibitive because the U.S. is just so d*mn big!!" But from now on, I'll just show them this video instead of shouting.
#8 89-Year Old With a Unique Pneumatic Train in His Backyard
Train fan Max Schlinger built a unique magnetic pneumatic train of his own design and it's the only one of its kind in the world. A man truly living the dream!
#7 Train Accidentally Becomes Snow Plow
#6 a train windows 20170411c
Damien Henry created this video entirely with an algorithm. The algorithm watched videos of views out train windows on its own, then was fed a single frame, then predicted each frame afterwards.
#5 Check it Out! with Scott Clam
In this very first episode with Scott Clam taking over the Check it Out! hosting chair, we get a fantastic interview with Mid-West train aficionado David Liebe Hart. David even performs a delightful song about trains! Full disclosure: I ran the editing booth for this episode ^ _ ^
#4 UK Trains That Run To Nowhere
File this fella under "things I didn't know were a thing"!
#3 Slav train
Have you ever felt the bounce of a rural train and felt that it just made you ready to party?! Well, this one's just for you!
#2 Kintetsu 21000
This video is a fantastic example of doing something simply is sometimes all you need.
#1 Thomas Train Stunts
At number one, we find ourselves with one of the biggest names in trains, Thomas himself! This is no official Thomas the Train episode, actually, it's so much better than that! We're taken on a wild ride of tricks and races, it's a pure delight!
Well, I hope you enjoyed taking this journey with my through The Great Train Videos of 2017! Until next time!