1.77 TRILLION REVENUE TON-MILES
1.8 MILLIOON CARLOADS OF HAZARDOUS MATERIAL
3000 RAILROAD STATIONS
1.5 MILES TO STOP
Diesel engines slow and stop by reversing the polarity of generators that turn the wheels. Doing this causes the wheels to slow because they are being affected by a very strong magnet that is now providing resistance instead of driving power. Even with this "dynamic braking," trains need 1/4 to 1 mile to slow to a stop given the speeds depicted in this episode, which were only about 20 MPH.
David: I don't know how to get out of here.
Colby: Don't worry, I left us breadcrumbs.
(David and Colby are discussing what to do in their free time)
Nikki: Got a train crash.
Colby: Call NTSB?
Nikki: They called us. Possible hazardous materials, high-threat urban area.
David: By hazardous materials, do you mean old computer batteries?
Colby: No rest for the weary.
Charlie: You killed my bots, man.
Colby: Well they all deserve purple hearts. Put badges on the next ones.
International Air Dates:
Norway: March 12, 2009 on TV2
The Netherlands: March 22, 2009 on Veronica
Czech Republic: June 3, 2010 on TV Nova
Finland: April 10, 2012 on Sub
This episode was originally scheduled to be the fourth episode of the season, but it was pushed back to the eighth slot because of its content.
On September 18, 2008, a commuter train collided with a freight train in the San Fernando Valley in California. Over two dozen people were killed, and many more injured. This episode had already been written and filmed before the tragedy.
When "Thirty-Six Hours" finally did air, David Krumholtz (Charlie Eppes) came on screen before the episode and warned that though these scenes had been filmed weeks before, they might prove to be traumatic to those affected by the real accident. He expressed condolences from the entire Numb3rs cast and crew to the victims and families affected by the tragedy.
Music used in this episode was "Dead Man's Handle" by Richard Thompson (opening scene) and "Passenger Song" by Great Lake Swimmers (closing scene).