SERIES 1: Experienced globetrotter Chris Tarrant is fascinated by train travel: How the engines and tracks were built, how they are kept running and how they revolutionised remote communities. Join him as he explores some of the oldest and most stunning railway routes through the world's toughest terrains.
Along the way there are breakdowns and unexpected detours. Why did a planned two-day journey through the Congo actually take six days? Why has the original Adelaide to Darwin railway, which took 100 years to complete, now been largely abandoned? Why did the Konkan railway require 92 tunnels and 2,000 bridges?
Drivers, engineers and locals explain all as Chris enjoys some truly unforgettable and treacherous train rides.
Congo's Jungle Railway
Australia's Outback Railway
India's Monsoon Railway
SERIES 2: For Chris Tarrant, travelling by train is the best possible way to explore a country, meet the real people and unlock its culture and history. In the second series of Extreme Railways he explores some of the most beautiful environments on Earth: the Andes Mountains in Bolivia and Chile, the jungles of Thailand and Myanmar, the Siberian Arctic, the tropical island of Cuba, the Canadian wilderness and weird and wonderful Japan.
SERIES 3: For Chris Tarrant, travelling by train is the best possible way to explore a country, meet the real people and unlock its culture and history. In the third series of Extreme Railways, he explores the Alaska Railroad, sets out from a British-built station in Buenos Aires, travels 1500 miles from Cape Town, South Africa to the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, travels the route of the Soviet-era Trans-Caucasus Railway departing the capital of Azerbaijan, Baku and ending with an epic journey through Scandinavia and travelling to Rovaniemi in Finland, known as Santa's home town.
SERIES 4: For Chris Tarrant, travelling by train is the best possible way to explore a country, meet the real people and unlock its culture and history. In the fourth series of Extreme Railways, Chris heads east from Morocco venturing into the Sahara to find out whether a railway once went all the way to Timbuktu; he also crosses three former Soviet republics by rail in just one week; explores five Balkan countries; and finally follows the route of the Hejaz Railway up through Jordan before crossing the border into Israel.
SERIES 5: TV Presenter Chris Tarrant travels around the world to ride many of the most extreme railways that wind their way through some of the harshest terrain on Earth. In the fifth series of Extreme Railways, Chris begins with a journey across the Alps and then embarks upon a 1,000 mile journey across Spain. Chris travels across Ukraine, taking in some of the country's 13,000 miles of railways and finally embarks on a rail trip across Vietnam, exploring its French colonial history.