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    In Tokyo, These Trains Jingle All the Way
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    In Tokyo, These Trains Jingle All the Way

    October 14, 2019

    (humming) – [Narrator] In train and
    subway stations all over Japan, you’re likely to hear a fully composed seven-second jingle that is uniquely written for that station. And if you’re one of the millions of Tokyo metro riders You’ve probably heard one of these jingles composed by Minoru Mukaiya. (lively music) (soft music) (upbeat music) – [Narrator] Over time,
    Mr. Mukaiya shifted his focus to his other passion-trains- and formed a company
    that builds simulators. In this world of trains, he found a new outlet for his music and got to work composing train melodies. Like this one (Shibuya Station music) (pensive music) (Ochiai music) (Takadanobaba music) (Monzen-Nakachō music) (Waseda music) – [Narrator] Having found a
    marriage of his two passions, today, Mr. Mukaiya considers
    himself a lucky man.

    Watch a Train Run Through Thailand’s Most Dangerous Market
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    Watch a Train Run Through Thailand’s Most Dangerous Market

    August 20, 2019

    – [Narrator] Okay, just watch. Three, two, one. (horn blowing) This is Thailand’s Maeklong Market. (brakes squealing) About an hour south of Bangkok, every day beginning at
    6:20 in the morning, a train runs through
    Maeklong Railway Market, one of the largest produce and
    seafood markets in Thailand, through the stalls selling
    fruit, ice cream, fish, through everything. And if you’re wondering which came first, the market or the train,
    the answer is the market. The Maeklong Railway built
    a commuter train to Bangkok back in 1905. The track they laid ran
    right through the middle of this market, which had
    been around for decades. Rather than moving,
    the vendors stayed put, adjusting their business
    to the train times, eight times a day, seven days a week. (speaking Thai) – [Narrator] This system has
    been perfected over the years. With produce just inches
    from the train’s wheels, tourists and vendors wait
    as the train passes through. Then, everything goes back to normal, or at least as normal as an
    active train line market can be.

    All Aboard One of the Last Authentic Steam Railroads
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    All Aboard One of the Last Authentic Steam Railroads

    August 9, 2019

    (mid-tempo instrumental music) – [Voiceover] Welcome to the 1880’s. This train has been running through these passes for over a century. There’s no cell service
    up here, no gas stations, and a whole lot of mountains. It’s also the highest, the
    longest, and one of the last authentic steam railroads
    left in the country. – There’s probably no better
    ride with a steam engine than this ride ride here. – [Voiceover] That’s Jeff Stebbins. Jeff is an engineer for
    this train, officially known as the Cumbres and Toltec Railway. He’s been working on this
    railroad for the last 19 years. – On this 64 miles of railroad,
    I have about 50,000 miles that would translate
    out to around the earth about two times. – [Voiceover] Today’s trains are powered by diesel and electricity, but this one keeps it old
    school by running on coal. – We shovel about three and a half to four and a half tons of coal a day. – [Voiceover] It’s dirty
    work and back in the 1930s, trains began changing to
    diesel because it was cheaper and more efficient. The coal-powered engines were phased out. This one survived, thanks to
    the people who cared about it and saw its beauty. – This 64 miles of railroad
    into southern Colorado, northern New Mexico, it doesn’t get much more
    beautiful than this. – [Voiceover] The other thing about coal is that it produces all that iconic smoke coming off the train. The train takes visitors along its route in the summer and fall. People come for the history
    more than for the thrill of it. The train’s top speed is
    only 20 miles an hour. – I love working on the railroad and I look forward to each
    morning that I come here. There’s really no place I’d rather be than a filthy dirty locomotive. (mid-tempo instrumental music)