Things I Love: Trains on Youtube
Wait, you don't spend your Thursday nights watching "Train Driver's View" videos from Norway and eating peanut butter by the spoonful? What are you even doing with your life?
But for real, there is this thing called slow TV. Wikipedia says its "a genre of "marathon" television coverage of an ordinary event in its complete length."
I LOVE slow TV. Particularly, I love watching HinduCowGirls videos on youtube. HinduCowGirl is a female train engineer in Norway, on the Bergen Line. The Bergen Line is considered one of the most scenic train journeys in Norway. “It is the highest mainline railway line in Northern Europe, crossing the Hardangervidda plateau at 1,237 metres (4,058 ft) above sea level.” (wikipedia)
HinduCowGirl sets up cameras in the conductor's area and records her complete trips, sharing them on youtube.
I love this stuff because:
It's got epic scenic views of Norway, a place I'd love to visit someday.
It is fantastic background noise/visuals. It's interesting, but not so engrossing that you can't work while its on. But, if you want to, you can totally zone out and just stare at it.
It's calming. Occasionally the train passes houses and small villages and stops at stations, but overall its mostly just wide open nature in view. No billboards, no advertisements, no signs, no talking.
The constant quiet train noise with occasional train horn is soothing to me.
It's sort of like google streetview, except I don't have to click on an arrow over and over and over and over and over...
HinduCowGirl has also done trips on the Flåm Line, which is the steepest railroad in Northern Europe. It rises 863 meters, or 2,831 feet, over 20.2 kilometres. The maximum grade is 5.5%, or 1:18. These days the Flåm Line is mostly a tourist service because it is so picturesque. (wikipedia)
The videos on HinduCowGirl's channel vary from 40 minutes to 3 hours. I highly recommend checking some out next time your in need of an escape or just some background white noise views.
There are also plenty of other slow TV options on youtube, as well as more “Cab View” or “Train Drivers View” videos.
I’m including a bunch of todays selfies because I think they’re all awesome.