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1522 GALLOPING THROUGH TEXAS PENTREX 1 Hour 10 minutes color with stereo sound and narration

Follow steam locomotive Frisco 1522 on an historic journey through Texas as she pulls Burlington Northern Santa Fe's Employee Appreciation Special. Starting in Ft. Worth, the train headed south through Temple and on to Houston and Silsbee, a whole new territory for this powerful 4-8-2 Mountain-type locomotive. The 1522 got a good workout, producing intense bursts of stack talk while lugging 16 gleaming passenger cars through the Texas Hills. She performed flawlessly, highballing over former Santa Fe track at incredible speeds.You'll follow the 1522 on her travels for a total of 8 days, spotting railroad icons such as Tower 55, Tower 17, T&NO Junction, and more. On the run out to Silsbee and back the Special traversed the former Southern Pacific Sunset Route between Houston and Beaumont. The train passed small towns and rolled through beautiful, rural landscapes. Crossing rivers, stomping up hills, and sprinting across the countryside, the locomotive was a sight to behold. Join us trackside for a fantastic show of steam railroading as the 1522 conquers the Lone Star State!

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3025 A CHINESE MIKADO IN THE CONNECTICUT RIVER VALLEY PENTREX 1 Hour 18 minutes color with stereo sound and narration

She was built half a world away, and once worked in Pennsylvania, but now she steams through the Nutmeg State on former New Haven Railroad trackage. She's Valley Railroad #3025, a Chinese Mikado hard at work hauling tourists in the beautiful Connecticut River Valley. Come along with Pentrex as we share the story of this most interesting 2-8-2. We'll talk to renowned railroad photographer Tom Nanos, who describes the engine's rebuild in Connecticut after a devastating roundhouse fire in Pennsylvania. Next we'll go trackside as #3025 struts her stuff on a chartered photographer's train. Then we'll watch as two Mikados are steamed up for a day's work - a rare sight in the 21st century. All this and more awaits you in this new Pentrex release: 3025 - A Chinese Mikado in the Connecticut River Valley.

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ALONG THE HUDSON DIVISION COMBO PENTREX 1 Hour 30 Minutes color with hi-fi sound and narration

The Hudson Division is one of the most scenic and interesting sections of Amtrak's Northeast Corridor. Running north/south from Penn Station in New York City to Albany-Rensselaer, it follows the course of the Hudson River and offers beautiful vistas, charming old railway stations, and the special character of the river itself. However, it's not just the scenic landscapes that attract railfans to this area. In 1992, when Pentrex documented the line with two video releases, the Hudson Division was FL-9 country. We'll take you aboard one of these classic diesels and also treat you to a cab ride on a Turbo Train. Get ready for an exciting tour of the Hudson Division! Included on this combo DVD are:Along the Hudson Division. Join us in the cab and trackside from Penn Station, NYC north to Albany-Rensselaer. The line is home to both Metro North's and Amtrak's fleet of Electro-Motive FL-9 diesel-electric/electrics. These unique locomotives are the highlight of our tour, but we_ll also see Amtrak Turbos, Metro North MU cars, and Conrail freights. See Amtrak's Westside line from the cab as the train snakes out of cavernous Penn Station. Cross over the newly rebuilt Spuyten Duyvil Bridge, and ride along the shore in this exciting, beautiful journey.Amtrak's Turbo Trains Cab Ride. Climb aboard an Amtrak Turbo Train for a high-speed run south along the Hudson Division. The ride is as smooth as it is fast and the scenery is spectacular. You'll see Conrail freights flash past and meet other Amtrak trains on their northbound journeys. Once in Metro North territory, you'll see Metro trains classic FL-9s and MU cars busily rushing New York commuters off to the City. Nearing NYC, the line diverges onto Amtrak's Westside track. We cross over the bridge at Spuyten Duyvil and end our Turbo Train adventure at Penn Station.

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AMTRAK ACROSS AMERICA PENTREX 1 Hour color with hi-fi sound and narration

From the early years when a rainbow mix of motive power and passenger cars pioneered its debut service, Amtrak has been a subject of avid interest to railfans. Pentrex celebrates the first twenty-five years of Amtrak history with two special documentaries. Included on this Combo DVD are: Amtrak Across America; 25th Anniversary. Climb aboard for a tribute to the first quarter century of America's national passenger train service. Amtrak's colorful history rolls across the screen, from the earliest years to the Genesis locomotives and high-speed corridors of the 1990s. Historic footage of passenger trains prior to Amtrak sets the stage. Then you'll see great views of Amtrak as it evolved. Highlights include the Southwest Chief, Coast Starlight, Empire Builder, Desert Wind, Sunset Limited, and other well known trains as they travel on the Northeast Corridor, the Hudson Division, Horse Shoe Curve, Chicago Hub, and other famous routes. Travel to scenic locations across the country to see Amtrak at its finest! Amtrak's X2000 Demonstration. Amtrak's search for new equipment to serve the Northeast Corridor allowed ABB-Traction to demonstrate its futuristic X2000 trainset. After initial testing, the X2000 began scheduled revenue service in February 1993, running from Washington, D.C. to New York City and occasionally on to New Haven and back. The sleek, high-speed train amazed everyone with its looks, speed, and ride. Pentrex takes you aboard the train to see how its radial self-steering trucks, car body tilt functions, and regenerative braking systems operate. A cab ride gives you an idea what it's like to zip down the corridor at 135 mph. Then we go trackside and airborne for shots of the train racing through the countryside. Join Pentrex for a ride on Amtrak's X2000 Demonstration!

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AMTRAK CHIEF PENTREX 40 Minutes color with sound and narration

Join Pentrex as we travel back in time to the summer of 1972- a truly great time to be a railfan in Southern California. During Amtraks first summer in 1971, the Super Chief/El Capitan enjoyed high ridership levels, which prompted Amtrak to run an additional train between LA and Chicago during the busy summer months. This train, known simply as "The Chief" had a daily 1PM departure from LA that allowed for a daytime run over Santa Fe's Second District mainline and the majestic Cajon Pass. This became the only time "The Chief" was ever run. In this fascinating DVD watch leased Santa Fe F Units pulling the Chief eastward out of Los Angeles through a number of communities and over Cajon. Both Summit and Sullivans Curve are shown before major realignments would soon change these areas forever. You don't want to miss this incredible footage! The show wraps up with a ride aboard The Chief between San Bernardino & Barstow!

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AMTRAK'S NORTHEAST CORRIDOR COMBO "PENTREX 2 hours 40 minutes in color with Hi-Fi sound and narration

The Northeast Corridor was a modern commuter raceway when Pentrex set out to capture this busy line in 1992. So much great footage was filmed with Amtrak's cooperation that two videos were released giving viewers an exclusive, insider's look at Amtrak's pride and joy. Now both shows have been combined on one Combo DVD, bringing you the whole Northeast Corridor story. Included are: New York City to PhiladelphiaFocusing on this electrified heavily-trafficked portion of the line, our program brings you a fascinating mix of old and new technologies. Trains roar down the electrified mainline at speeds of up to 125 mph, governed by Automatic Block Signals and dispatched from Philadelphia. Yet manned block towers dating back to the turn of the century can still be found in use on the line. Experience over 150 Amtrak and commuter trains in action as you visit Penn Station, Hudson Tower, Newark, Trenton, Princeton Junction, and Zoo Interlocking and the venerable "A" and Zoo towers on your trek from New York City to Philadelphia. Philadelphia to Washington, D.C.Exploring the electrified south end of the system, our cameras capture over 100 commuter and Amtrak trains between Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. You'll see the action at Eddystone, Pennsylvania; Wilmington, Delaware; Perryville, Havre de Grace, Aberdeen, and Baltimore, Maryland; and the D.C. area. You'll also go on a private tour of the CETC control center in Amtrak's 30th Street station and visit Washington Union Station's "K" tower. A special highlight is a ride in the cab of an AEM7 locomotive at the head of a Metroliner train doing 125 mph!

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AMTRAK'S NORTHEAST CORRIDOR CAB RIDE PENTREX 1 Hour 25 minutes color with Hi Fi sound and narration

If you've ever wondered what it would be like to step back to the early 1990s to experience a cab ride on one of Amtrak's fastest trains, this is your golden opportunity! Pentrex takes you into the cab of an AEM7 for a high-speed ride at the head of Metroliner Train 110 from Washington D.C. to Philadelphia along the electrified, heavily trafficked south end of Amtrak's Northeast Corridor. The big picture windows of locomotive number 911 give you a clear view of what it's like to meet trains at full throttle. With both trains doing 125 mph, the closing speeds are a thrilling 250 mph! Amtrak's constant maintenance and its manicured roadbed result in a smooth ride for the AEM7. You'll be amazed as the Metroliner rolls through a high-speed turnout at almost 70 mph. Produced with Amtrak's cooperation in 1992, this video was released originally in VHS as part of a 3-volume tour of Amtrak's pride and joy, the Northeast Corridor. Now all the excitement of a high-speed cab ride can be yours to enjoy through the enhanced viewing benefits of DVD.

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AMTRAK'S AUTO TRAIN PENTREX 1 hour 15 minutes in color with Hi-Fi sound and narration

Experience the Auto Train _ one of the most unusual trains on the entire Amtrak system. Passengers on this train not only bring their luggage, they bring their personal vehicles! Traveling between the Washington D.C. suburb of Lorton, Virginia and Sanford, Florida, the Auto Train offers vacationers a comfortable alternative to a lengthy road trip.In 1994, Pentrex explored the Auto Train_s entire operation from loading to unloading. Watch as vehicles are placed aboard special carriers and see how this long train is assembled. Once underway, you_ll ride with the crew aboard the lead locomotive and will learn what makes this special train so unique. You_ll also view the train from trackside and will tour the interiors of many of the coaches in this consist. By the time the passengers are waking up and breakfasting in the full length domed dining car, the train has crossed into Florida and is sprinting toward Sanford. You_ll see the train being separated and the vehicles unloaded at the end of a fascinating journey.

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B&O ODYSSEY VOL 1 PENTREX 1 Hour color with sound and narration

Linking 13 Great States with the Nation that was the slogan of the B&O Railroad. Step back to the 1950s and '60s to see what made the Baltimore & Ohio one of the all-time great railroads! The action takes place in Ohio and Pennsylvania, starting in 1954 when steam was king. Articulated locomotives, Mikes, Big Sixes, and many other types of steam power roll past the camera. You'll catch the action at the Lorain ore dock where steam trains unload ships laden with iron ore and will also spend time watching the steam switchers at Rossford Yard in Toledo. Then you'll get a look at E- and F-units and Geeps in the classic B&O paint scheme. The famous Cincinnatian, which ran from Detroit to Toledo on NYC track and to Cincinnati on the B&O line, is extensively covered. You'll see it under steam and on many runbys headed by diesels. Other passenger trains appear, including the Shenandoah and Nickel Plate's Westerner. B&O blue and gray, lightning stripe New York Centrals, C&O yellow and blue, Bessemer orange, and other colorful fallen flags fill the screen with excitement. Volume 1 of B&O Odyssey, which covers the years 1954 to 1964, is the first in a multi-volume series based on the works of noted railroad photographer Emery Gulash. Collect the whole series!

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B&O ODYSSEY VOL 2 PENTREX 1 Hour color with sound and narration

Linking 13 Great States with the Nation - that was the slogan of the B&O Railroad. Step back to the 1960s to see what made the Baltimore & Ohio one of the all-time great railroads! The odyssey resumes in Michigan, shortly after B&O had merged with the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway. Motive power and rolling stock of both railroads are frequently seen intermingled. We catch the Cincinnatian and other passenger trains on the C&O route between Detroit and Toledo, including the towers at Wayne Junction, Romulus, and Carleton. Moving east we visit Connellsville, Pennsylvania and Brunswick, Maryland where freight traffic is heavy. Motive power includes F-units and brand new GP30s. At Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, perhaps the most scenic spot on the B&O, we see both passenger and freight trains making their daily runs. Coal movements are captured at Hancock, West Virginia. Returning westward we enjoy freight action in Pennsylvania and Ohio, then return to Michigan for lots more passenger action. Volume 2 of B&O Odyssey, which covers the years 1965 to 1968, is the second in a multi-volume series based on the works of noted railroad photographer Emery Gulash. Collect the whole series!

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BC RAIL CAB RIDE FROM SEA TO SKY PENTREX 1 hour 45 minutes color with sound and narration

Step back to the late 1990s and climb aboard one of BC Rail's brutish C40-8 diesels for a fantastic cab ride from sea level at Squamish up through the rugged coastal mountain range to the big sky country at Lilooet. You'll see the line from the crew's vantage points and witness the challenge of operating trains over this awesome stretch of railroad.Venerable Budd cars, the icons of BC Rail's passenger operation, are exquisitely highlighted as they work up the line. The last Alco powered RS-18 is captured as it switches cars at Squamish. Helper service is shown in detail as we ride an assisted freight up steep mountain grades. Rebuilt Cat-powered diesels are seen toiling at the large yard in North Vancouver. You'll see the school train that provides children with a unique form of transportation to and from class. Even more action is waiting to be enjoyed in this insightful look at BC Rail operations and the gorgeous British Columbia scenes that enrich the footage taken from the cab. Hop on board for the ride of your life as we travel from sea to sky on BC Rail!

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BEAUMONT HILL COMBO PENTREX DVD 2 Hours 30 minutes color with stereo sound and narration

Beaumont Hill's San Gorgonio Pass, the mountain gateway to the Sunset Route, was a tough proving ground for Southern Pacific's locomotives. The demanding grade and extreme weather conditions of this Southern California railroading landmark put SP's newest locomotives and leased power from other roads to the test. Video Rails spent three years filming great action over Beaumont Hill and the result was two exciting shows that have now been combined on one DVD for your viewing pleasure. Experience Southern Pacific's high-speed crossing of San Gorgonio Pass, a daunting grade that demanded mid-train and rear-train helpers for the push to the top. SP employed a vast array of motive power on this route and you'll see leased units from CSX, Conrail, and many other roads. Ride in the cab of an SD40T-2 rebuild from Colton to Indio aboard one of SP's hottest trains. See the last runs of the Sugar Beet trains. From flash floods to 120 degree heat, here is mainline railroading at its best! Climb aboard Southern Pacific engine 8305, an SD40T-2, on Southern Pacific's hottest train, the LAMFF. Leaving the West Colton yard, you'll get the crew's vantage point of beautiful San Gorgonio Pass as your train climbs over Beaumont Hill at track speed!

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BIG BOY 4014 UPDATE PENTREX 1 hour in color with Stereo Sound and Narration

For more than half a century, Union Pacific_s Big Boy 4014 was on display in Pomona, CA. In 2013, Union Pacific began the process to move and restore it back into excursion service, which would make 4014 the ultimate rolling museum as it showcases UP in its finest era. But before that can happen, the massive 4-8-8-4 would have to be moved from its resting spot at the RailGiants Train Museum in Southern California to Cheyenne, WY where UP bases its steam power. Plenty of work was required to get the big locomotive on the move, from the temporary snap track across a huge parking lot to getting it back on the mainline. Several stops were made along the way to inspect the Big Boy. Both the media and large crowds of fans took part in this historic event. Pentrex covered this extraordinary move throughout much of Southern California. Big Boy 4014 Update will show the tireless steam crew erecting the temporary track across the parking lot. Watch 4014 as it_s towed by a front-end loader under the watchful eye of the steam crew. Witness the moment when a UP diesel coupled onto the tender of 4014 to the delight of cheering crowds. Towed by modern diesel power, many great runbys were made as the train began its journey to Cheyenne. Several meets with opposing freight traffic were also made on Cajon Pass.

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BIG BOY COMBO PART 1 PENTREX 1 Hour 23 minutes color with sound and narration

Measuring 132 feet long and weighing one and a quarter million pounds, the Union Pacific Big Boys were the largest, heaviest, most powerful steam locomotives of their type. These giants could pull a five and a half mile long train on level track. Although only 25 Big Boys were ever built, over 18 years those few engines ran up nearly 26 million miles hauling billions of tons of freight. In Pentrex's Big Boy Combo Part 1, you'll see two fantastic shows presenting the Big Boys in all their glory! Last of the Giants (23 Minutes) Union Pacific paid tribute to its Big Boys in a publicity film that has become a sought-out collector's item for rail enthusiasts worldwide. You'll see the evolution of UP steam power from 4-6-0s to the development of the articulated locomotive. Then you'll meet the Big Boys and watch as they are serviced, rebuilt, and run. Trackside and cab shots feature these mighty 4-8-8-4s pulling long freights over Wyoming's Sherman Hill during their last years in service. This classic film is one you'll enjoy watching again and again. Last of the Giants Volume 2: The Cheyenne Shops (1 Hour) Cheyenne was a bustling hub for UP steam in the 1950s. It's where the Big Boys were based during their last years of operation powering freights over Sherman Hill to Laramie. In Volume 2, you'll go on a tour of the coal chute and servicing areas, take a spin on the turntable that served the 48-stall roundhouse, and visit the backshop where the Big Boys were rebuilt. You'll hear the stories of the men who once worked on these famous locomotives and will learn about the operational layout and design of the Cheyenne yards as they were in the late 1950s. The footage used in this production was shot by UP cameramen over a 3 year period, with updated material added by Pentrex in 1993. It's an unforgettable visit!

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BIG BOY COMBO PART 2 PENTREX 2 Hours 21 minutes color with sound and narration

Weighing in at one and a quarter million pounds, measuring 132 feet long, Union Pacific Big Boys were the giants of the rails. Just 25 Big Boys were built and they only remained in service for 18 years before the end of the steam era. Yet their power and performance make them as popular today as in their own day. This Combo DVD brings you two viewing treats: a Pentrex documentary focusing on Big Boy operations over Sherman Hill and a 1950s television drama about a Big Boy engineer. Last of the Giants Volume 3: Sherman Hill (70 Minutes) Allan Krieg, writer and director of Last of the Giants, shares the challenges his camera crews faced while capturing the Big Boys on film. Scenes of the running gear in motion, shot from a camera car on a parallel track, and pacing sequences of the Big Boys on the road are thrilling to see. You'll ride in the cabs and watch the firemen and engineers at work. Interviews with surviving crewmembers give you a sense of what it was like to run these giant engines over Sherman Hill. All the scenes shown in this production are compiled from 16mm color film shot between 1955 and 1958.Big Boys on TV (70 Minutes, Black & White)Ed Begley stars in this 1950s NBC Lucky Strike Theater drama about a Big Boy engineer who is struggling with fears about his future. The live broadcast takes you right into the heart of this railroader's life at home and in the cab of his Big Boy. Pentrex incorporated some of the original footage shot on location showing Big Boys on Sherman Hill and in the Cheyenne yards. (It's all new material, not used in other Pentrex videos.) We also included the old commercials that aired with the broadcast. They will make you smile. This is a program the whole family can enjoy.

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BIG BOYS, CAB FORWARDS, CHALLENGERS & DAYLIGHTS PENTREX 1 hour 25 minutes in color with Stereo Sound and Narration

Henry Hank Griffiths Jr. was one of the most prominent railroad cinematographers of the steam era. Traveling throughout Idaho, Montana, Washington, Utah, and other northwest states, he captured images of steam at work in locations other photographers seldom visited. In 1992, Video Rails compiled a fascinating collection of Hank Griffiths' films, which they released on VHS as Classic Collectors Series Volumes 7 and 8. These two fascinating shows are now available from Pentrex on one DVD. Hank Griffiths covered a wide swath to capture steam locomotives and the occasional early diesel seen here at work on the Union Pacific, Southern Pacific, Northern Pacific, Milwaukee Road, Denver & Rio Grande Western, Colorado & Southern, and the Sierra Railroad. You'll also see the Oregon & Northwestern Lumber Company and other northwest logging railroads. The famous locomotives featured in this show include Union Pacific Big Boys and Challengers; Southern Pacific Cab Forwards and Daylights, Milwaukee Road electrics; and Northern Pacific Challengers. There's more! Highlights showcase the Rio Grande Zephyr, the UP 8444, a UP rotary snow plow, the last run of the Portland Rose over the Blue Mountains, and scenes shot at Promontory, Utah in 1969. This DVD is packed with an amazing display of American railroading history as seen through the lens of an expert craftsman. Every minute is a treat!

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BLUE MOUNTAINS VOL 1-3 COMBO Pentrex DVD 3 hours, color stereo sound & narration

For the Union Pacific Railroad in the early 1990s, railroading in the Blues-the 200-mile segment of UP's Oregon Division Mainline-meant staggering grades, extreme weather, and 3 daunting summits. Climbing out of the Grande Ronde Valley and heading past Oxman Curve and through Burnt River Canyon, Dash 8-40CWs, SD40-2s, C36-7s, and SD60s take on the 2.2 percent grades of UP's roughest helper district. Ride the cab of a GE Dash 8 and get an engineer's view from a helper set on the rear of a UP freight. Travel the 56-mile "snow zone" of the Blue Mountains from North Powder to Meacham in the dead of winter.

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BURLINGTON NORTHERN E UNITS PENTREX 1 Hour color with sound and narration

Once leading the country's finest passenger trains on high-speed schedules, the last remaining fleet of Electro-Motive E-units worked during their later years pulling commuter trains in Chicago. Pentrex filmed these timeless machines in the early 1990s, capturing their sleek lines and throaty exhaust in exciting line-side action and thrilling cab ride footage just before they were retired from Metra duty.Climb up into the cab of BNE-9 #9914 and ride the entire line from Chicago's Union Station out to Aurora. Watch as the engineer skillfully brings the machine from notch 8 to a screaming stop at stations along the line. Listen as the throttle is ratcheted through the notches and the dual-engine machine responds with rumbling exhaust talk. You'll get a view of the triple track BN mainline as you've never seen it before!The afternoon Dinky Parade, as the railroaders call it, is a dispatcher's nightmare, with train after train scheduled for action. The route to Aurora is filled with curves, bridges, and scenic stations and many thrilling meets occur as you speed down the "racetrack." For a nostalgic look at rare power actively still at work and the engineer's view of the route they travel, treat yourself to Burlington Northern E-Units, Along the Racetrack!

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CALIFORNIA NORTHERN PENTREX DVD 1 hour 40 minutes in color with Hi Fi Sound and Narration

Step back to the mid 1990s to enjoy the sight of beautifully painted diesels shining in the brilliant sun as they operate through the scenic landscapes of the California Northern. You'll see sugar beets delivered to a sugar plant and watch GP15 locomotives grinding up Creston Hill with a pipe train. You'll also talk to and ride with one of the railroad's engineers and ride in the cab of a venerable SD9 on the Willits Turn. Exploring the West Valley Sub, you'll chase beet trains along the route. Then you'll visit the Napa Sub, Napa Junction, and the line to Vallejo. West of Napa Junction, you'll follow the Petaluma Turn over drawbridges and past vineyards, then catch the Hopland Turn and track it north to its interchange with the Willits Turn. While riding aboard the train, you will experience an exciting trip through scenic Cloverdale Canyon along the Russian River. Your tour concludes with a thrilling ride across Ridge Summit aboard the Willits Turn. Heavy loads of lumber from the north are hauled over this steep mountain grade and down the treacherous slope to Ukiah. The California Northern Railroad delivers great regional railroading at its very finest!

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CALIFORNIA VINTAGE COLLECTION PENTREX DVD 1 hour 33 minutes in color with Hi-Fi Sound and Narration

Three rare films are brought together here for a nostalgic and thoroughly entertaining revisit of California railroading from the 1920s to the 1950s. Included on this combo DVD are:

Gerald M. Best's California Limiteds: The films of railroad cinematographer Gerald M. Best are highly prized among devotees of the Southern Pacific and the Santa Fe. This video takes you back to the late 1920s for Best's own black and white movie footage capturing the Lark, the Daylight, the Grand Canyon Limited, and even the Santa Paula local. The action is mostly in Southern California but you'll also see Pullmans over Cajon Pass, action at long vanished city terminals, and the only footage we know of showing the Mt. Tamalpais gravity car! Black and white. 33 Minutes.

California Zephyr: In this rare 1950s public relations film, you'll see glimpses of '50s-era Chicago, Denver, Salt Lake City, Oakland, and San Francisco, stopping points on the east-west route of the famous California Zephyr. Enjoy images taken in the diner, the sleepers, the Vista-Dome coaches, and from trackside. Relish the spectacular scenery that made this route so popular. Plus, a rare newsreel is included that features the last run of the California Zephyr! Color. 30 Minutes.

Western Pacific on TV: Step back to 1956 and join host Bob Day in a television salute to the Western Pacific Railroad. This "Success Story" episode begins at WP's Oakland Yards with the 1872 Baldwin Genoa and Alco #94 steamers, Lucius Beebe's elegant Gold Coast private car, and WP's new F-unit #803-A, the pride of its fleet. Your tour includes the commissary, classrooms, and the Sacramento shops. Plus, you'll see the California Zephyr on the Feather River Route. Thanks to this gem of a film, we can view the Western Pacific when it was the role model for the American success story! Black and white. 30 Minutes.

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CANADIAN TRIO PENTREX 2 hours 40 Minutes in color with hifi Sound and Narration

In the late 1980s, Wild Rose Productions produced three exceptional films that explored the challenges of railroading in western Canada and the motive power that tackled them. Pentrex later released these shows as individual VHS videos. Now you can enjoy all three of these videos on one combo DVD. Included here are: Continental Divide, A Winter's Journey Ride across the Continental Divide on Via Rail's famous Canadian. These were the last days of Via Rail's veteran FP9 diesel locomotives. You'll witness the FP9s in mainline duty during the winter months, when spectacular snowscapes flanked the tracks, and also during the early summer when soft green replaced winter's whiteness. Enjoy a cab ride in an F40PH-2 and see the mainline from the engineer's perspective. You're in for great train action, fantastic scenery, informative narration, and the rumble and roar of locomotives in the Rockies! SD40-2s in the Canadian Rockies In this action filled video, you'll learn why GM's SD40-2 became the ideal workhorse for Canadian Pacific's route across the Rockies. Climb aboard an SD40-2 for a look under the hood and inside the cab. Then go trackside to catch the bright red engines on Rogers and Kicking Horse Passes. The 2.2% grades of the old Rogers Pass route really put the SD40-2 to the test. You'll also see cabooses and helper locomotives on many of the trains. The SD40-2 set the pace for railroading in the Rockies and it's captured here for your viewing pleasure! Warehouse on Wheels Operations of a Rail Yard: CP Rail's Alyth Yard Travel to CP Rail's Class 1 facility at Alyth, Calgary in 1986 for an in-depth look at its daily operations. You'll go inside the shops to see repairs in progress and watch as the locomotives are refueled and put through giant washing stalls. You'll see how the hump and two retarder rails help sort cars onto 48 different classification tracks, and how switchers compile trains for new destinations. This video treats you to many rare views of what it takes to move goods by rail!

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CAPE COD RAILROADS PENTREX 1 hours in color with Stereo Sound and Narration

Travel to old Cape Cod with Pentrex as we look back over ten years of change _ from 1999 to 2009 _ on the former New Haven Old Colony line. It's a tourist destination famous for its scenic beauty, but there's plenty of action for railfans too. We'll take you trackside to watch the Bay Colony Railroad trash train - a train that turns trash into cash! This train takes trucks off the scenic roads and trash off the Cape as it provides a revenue stream for its operator; we'll watch as it hauls refuse to a power plant in Rochester. You'll also see dinner and brunch trains running on the Cape Cod Central as well as a shipment of huge tracked vehicles from the Otis Military Reservation hauled by newcomer Mass Coastal. There's a wide variety of motive power for you to enjoy, such as rebuilt Geeps, a re-engined Alco, and a gurgling GE B39. We'll take a detour to the town of Millis to watch plucky Bay Colony Railroad GP9 #1705 switch the sprawling GAF shingle plant. Then we'll return to the Cape to see the debut of the Mass Coastal Railroad, featuring a gleaming roster of Geeps and custom-built "energy" cars. It's a trip to old Cape Cod you won't want to miss. Join us for a look at Cape Cod Railroads - A Decade of Change.

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CASS SCENIC RAILROAD PENTREX 52 minutes in color with Hi-Fi sound and narration

Each spring, the Cass Scenic Railroad in West Virginia opens its tourist season with a special event known as the Cass Railfan Weekend. Trains that aren't regularly a part of the season's schedule are operated then to the delight of riders and photographers. Pentrex takes you back to 1990 to experience the extra runs and excitement of that year's Railfan Weekend and discover why Cass draws crowds back year after year. A parade of steam opens the event with a spectacular display. Three Shay locomotives, Numbers 2, 3 and 4, run side-by-side down the triple tracks, spewing great billows of steam and thrilling the crowd with their antics. Then the Shays triple-head to Bald Knob at the top of Black Allegheny Mountain with a passenger train in tow, followed closely by a vintage log train pulled by the railroad's Heisler locomotive. The Shays make numerous run-bys as they struggle up the daunting eleven percent grades of the mountainside. You_ll ride in the cabs of several as the firemen work intensely to keep the hungry engines fueled with shovel after shovelful of coal. The locomotives' intricate systems of shafts, flywheels, and gears are seen close up as they strain to pull the trains uphill. Cass Scenic has it all: unusual locomotives, vintage cars, and fabulous scenery. Here's your chance to enjoy it at its best!

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CENTRAL KENTUCKY RAILS PENTREX 2 Hours color with sound and narration

Kentucky is known as the Bluegrass State and there is so much to see and enjoy. With state-of-the-art camera equipment, our crews have traveled throughout much of the central part of Kentucky searching for the wide variety of incredible action that can be found here. CSX and Norfolk Southern are the major players in this region and plenty of heavy-duty action was filmed from both railroads. In addition, the regional RJ Corman Railroad is highlighted, including their dinner train powered by classic FP7s. We caught everything from ground-shaking ballast trains to the more commonly found auto, manifest, & intermodal freights that polish the rails daily. Its always an incredible sight to watch new CSX power in La Grange trundling down the middle of a downtown street right past 130 year old buildings! Long steel trestles are common too and we caught several trains crossing these impressive structures. The Paducah & Louisville was captured performing switching duties. Some of Union Pacifics SD90MAC locomotives found a new home on the Norfolk Southern and we caught some of them in action for you to enjoy. We finish our exciting program chasing trains from 2 different operating train museums in the area. Shot in the late spring of 2015, this is one show you dont want to miss. This is Central Kentucky Rails!

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CENTRAL MEXICO RAILS PENTREX DVD 1 Hour 30 minutes color with hi-fi sound and narration

In the early 1990s, Pentrex embarked upon a fascinating tour of Mexico's railroading operations. The Northern portion of the country was featured in our first release, 'Northern Mexico Rails._ Now we continue that journey of exploration as we travel toward Mexico City and investigate the lines running east of the capital. You_ll have an opportunity to see the new electrified section of the railroad and visit one of North America_s best railroading hot spots. Then you_ll head further east to the railway museum at Puebla, and catch lots of big Alcos in all types of service along the way. A cab ride over the last remaining section of narrow gauge allows you to savor a few final moments on a soon-to-be-replaced monument of old time railroading. Finally, you_ll venture into the incredible mountain passes of eastern Mexico, where freight trains often run with two sets of mid-train helpers. The freights snake around sharp curves, pulled by sets of General Electric Super Sevens. Mexico_s railroads, with their older railroading traditions still preserved, are truly captivating, and so is the beautiful countryside through which they operate. Join us on the grand adventure called Central Mexico Rails!

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CHINA STEAM SPECTACULAR PENTREX 2 Hour 28 minutes in colorwith Hi Fi sound and narration.

Imagine thousands of steam locomotives in everyday use, rolling through lands of stunning beauty. That was steam railroading in China in 2001 when this exciting documentary was filmed. Much of it is hauntingly similar to the American railroads of the 1930s-1950s. All of it is fascinating. Join our tour of six unique sites and see why steam in China may be the greatest railroad show on earth! We begin on legendary Jing Peng Pass with its 40 miles of tunnels, 2% ruling grade, horse shoe curves, and spiral bridges entirely serviced by double-headed 2-10-2 QJ class locomotives. Next we take you to Daban where the entire fleet of 100 QJ's are serviced. Their resemblance to Union Pacific or NYC locomotives, with smoke box deflectors, Boxpok driving wheels, and large smokebox-mounted headlights, is remarkable. In the coal mining region of Tiefa, a fleet of thirty 2-8-2 SY class locomotives pull fast commuter trains with amazing frequency. Our camera catches the action there near a busy double diamond junction. The Dahiuchang Limestone Quarry near Beijing is an enchanting narrow gauge steam line where we'll view endless strings of tiny ore cars pulled by miniature locomotives. At Anshan, we are granted rare access into one of the world's largest steel mills. It operates its own fleet of forty 2-8-2's and the activity level is incredible. Finally, we'll witness the awesome brute strength of three 2-8-2's straining full throttle up the 3-1/2 percent grade to the Chengde steel mill complex. This line has it all: steep curves, rock cuts, narrow tunnels, and terrific rural scenery. Experience the wonder of it all in China Steam Spectacular!

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COLORADO NARROW GAUGE IN THE 1950S PENTREX 32 minutes in color with Hi Fi Sound and Narration

In the summer of 1953, time was running out for railroading on most of Rio Grande's intense narrow gauge network in southwestern Colorado. Though dieselization was nearly complete for most Class 1 railroads across America, here in Narrow Gauge country, steam remained king until the fire was dropped on the last engine after operations came to a standing halt. Pentrex takes you back to this place and time through a priceless collection of carefully restored vintage films. Our journey begins with a look at dual gauge activity in the Salida Yard, located alongside the meandering Arkansas River. A standard gauge class C41 2-8-0 is seen along with several L131 2-8-8-2 articulateds at the coaling tower. Narrow gauge K27 #453 is also earning its keep. In addition, there are views of Salida's classic 20-stall roundhouse and car shop. We take a brief but scenic drive over Marshall Pass Road as we explore the more than 10,000-foot high Pass. Next we work our way to Gunnison where we encounter C16 #268, which is emerging from the roundhouse and gets turned manually on the turntable. The 2-8-2 is being prepared to take a freight to Sapinero. We chase the train through rocky canyons and open prairies and catch switching operations in Sapinero. Then watch as raw steam power tackles 4.5 percent grades and unique double switcbacks on the Monarch Branch. Today, with the exception of two tourist lines, the narrow gauge empire is little more than a memory. However, you can still relive that fascinating era once again with Pentrex's Colorado Narrow Gauge in the 1950s!

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COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE VOL 1 PENTREX 2 HourS color with sound and narration

From headwaters in Canada, the Columbia River flows over twelve hundred miles to the Pacific Ocean and for many of those miles it marks the boundary between the states of Washington and Oregon. Cutting through the Cascade Mountains, the river slices through an 80-mile stretch known as the Columbia River Gorge where the basalt mountains tower up to 4,000 feet above the water. Nearby dormant volcanoes such as Mount Hood and Mount Adams add to the incredible beauty of the Gorge area.Following the north bank of the river between Vancouver and Pasco, Washington is Burlington Northern Santa Fe's Fallbrook Subdivision. This is a prized site for railfans, offering spectacular vistas and nonstop railroading. Journey with Pentrex from Vancouver east to Maryhill along this scenic route and experience the variety of trains and motive power that ply this famous line. Enjoy scenes of Amtrak's Empire Builder and Talgo train, Swift RoadRailers, bare-table trains, trash trains, manifests, and unit grain trains. Motive power includes BNSF locomotives in Heritage I paint; a matched set of GE Dash 9s in Heritage II, pure sets of BN green power, and rare GP50s in classic Santa Fe blue-and-yellow paint. Also seen are SD40-2s, SD75s, GP38s, GP38-2s, B40-8s, B40-8Ws, and Dash 8-40CWs. The line is dotted with tunnels. You'll see many meets and great action over the swing bridge between Portland and Vancouver. For sheer beauty and interest, railroading on BNSF's Columbia River Gorge Fallbridge Sub just can't be beat!

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COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE VOL 2 PENTREX 2 Hours 18 minutes color with sound and narration

Climbing gently from the tidewater ports near Portland, Oregon is the Columbia River Gorge'a wide, flat-water river passage that provides access to the inland agricultural regions of Washington and Oregon and divides the two states along most of their border. It is a spot of unparalleled beauty that hosts two railroad lines: BNSF to the north and Union Pacific along the southern shore. In Columbia River Gorge Volume I: BNSF's Fallbridge Subdivision, Pentrex explored the BNSF side of the Gorge, heading east from Vancouver, Washington to the arid desert mountains near the John Day Dam. Now, in Volume 2, we jump across the river to head back west toward Portland following Union Pacific's Portland Subdivision. We'll visit many of the region's best railfanning spots, such as Biggs, Celilo Park, The Dalles, Memaloose State Park, Mosier, and Hood River with the Mount Hood Scenic Railroad. We'll travel through the Viento State Park area to Wyeth, Cascade Locks, Bonneville Dam, and the spectacular Multnomah Falls. At Troutdale, the mainline splits into two routes to Portland and we'll visit the junction there before heading into the city. The trains you'll see include Canpotex unit potash trains, Spokane International mixed freights, container, grain, trailer, and stack trains, and Amtrak's Pioneer. Motive power varies from SD40-2s to SD60Ms, SD70Ms, leased SD90MACs, Dash 40-CW, AC4400-CW, GE AC6000, Geeps, and more. CP, BNSF, and C&NW power also make appearances. These images were captured from the mid 1990s to the early 2000s, giving you a chance to see some of the older and newest power in use. With its incredible scenery and nonstop parade of interesting trains and motive power, it's no wonder UP's Portland Sub is one of the best railroading hotspots of the nation!

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COPPER CANYON - ROUTE OF THE CHIHUAHUA PACIFICO RAILROAD PENTREX DVD 1 Hour 20 minutes color with hi-fi sound and narration

Ride the famous Chihuahua Pacifico Railroad over northwest Mexico's Sierra Madres and through the spectacular Copper Canyon, one of the most rugged passes in North America. With 86 tunnels, a loop, and many high bridges, this line has been hailed as an engineering marvel. See both freight and passenger operations over this remote and seldom photographed line. At Los Mochis, we visit North America's last freight-only, exclusively steam powered common carrier, the Mexicano del Pacifico, and ride in the cab of #44, a 1923 Baldwin 2-8-2. Discover secrets hidden away just waiting to be revealed. Our railroad heritage is still alive working for our friends south of the border and you will be surprised by what you see. Pentrex visited the Copper Canyon in 1990 to bring you this exciting tour on VHS video. Now you can experience the grandeur of this railroading adventure on DVD!

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CSX SOUTHERN WEST VIRGINIA COAL PENTREX 1 Hour 30 minutes color with sound and narration

In 1994, Pentrex went on a tour of discovery along CSX branchlines in the coalfields of West Virginia to show you how coal was brought down out of the hollows and moved out to world markets. The beauty of the Appalachian Mountains, the power of the railroad, and the importance of the task are just as riveting today as they were then. Pentrex is proud to bring you the story of Southern West Virginia Coal!Traveling on the Logan, the Big River, and the Big Coal Subdivisions, as well as their numerous connecting subs, you'll see hard working diesels pull strings of hoppers up stiff grades and twisting branchlines where the cars will be flood-loaded at the mines. Cabooses are still utilized on some trains and rear-end pushers can be seen on others. Following the loaded trains out of the coalfields, you'll visit a rail-to-river transfer facility where a rotary dumper quickly unloads the "black diamonds" into barges. An interview with Tim Hensley, CSX Resident Vice-President for West Virginia, provides intriguing insight. Mr. Hensley was once a locomotive engineer and he reflects on his personal experience and the significance of these coal operations to the railroad and the state.Long, heavy trains grinding through curve after curve, powering through daunting grades, loaded with the raw ore that will feed a hungry nation; that's what you'll find here. The action never ceases for CSX as it meets the challenge of the coalfields of Southern West Virginia!

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CUBA STEAM PENTREX 1 hour 11 Minutes Color with Stereo Sound and Narration.

Steam locomotives are alive and well, and play a vital role in the economy of today's Cuba. Incredible scenes that were taped in 1996, but are reminiscent of the 1950s, show standard and narrow gauge steam locomotives working side by side with oxen and horse drawn carts on sugar plantations. Vintage 1950's automobiles in daily use add to the illusion of a country frozen in time.Enjoy U.S.-built Alco and Baldwin steam locomotives along with Russian-built diesels, including Alco diesel clones reproduced from U.S. prototypes, operating on a wide variety of track gauges including 27.5, 30, and 36 inch. Watch as farm hands load sugar cane onto the railroad equipment the hard way, and visit the railroad shops and servicing facilities that keep the steamers running. As a special treat you'll ride along in the cab of a Baldwin 2-6-0 standard gauge steam locomotive! An auto tour of several cities and surrounding countryside gives you a unique opportunity to experience a rarely visited country, its people, its way of life, and steam in daily operation in 1996!

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CUMBRES & TOLTEC SCENIC FREIGHT TRAIN PENTREX DVD 1 hour in color with Hi-Fi Sound and Narration

Here is your ticket to relive the days of Rio Grande narrow gauge freight service aboard the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. In September 1990, the San Juan Express, a privately sponsored photographer's freight train, ran on an unusual 2-day excursion that covered the entire line from Chama, New Mexico to Antonito, Colorado. Led by Baldwin-built 2-8-2 Mikado locomotive #488, the train with its vintage freight equipment tackled the four percent grade from Chama to Cumbres Pass at an elevation of 10,015-feet and then continued east to Antonito. Stops were scheduled to allow photographers ample opportunity to capture fantastic run-bys at the most scenic spots, with plenty of smoke, whistles, and steam. Excellent weather conditions and the wide variety of scenery along the way added to the excitement of the trip. Steep mountain curves, rolling upland meadows, and incredible Rocky Mountain vistas made fantastic settings against which the historic train performed. This 64-mile long remnant of the once-flourishing Rio Grande Narrow Gauge network is now the longest 3-foot gauge railroad in America and one of the country's most popular train rides.

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DOUBLESTACKS OVER DONNER PENTREX 2 Hours color with Stereo sound and narration

Pentrex traveled to Donner Pass in the winter of 2009-2010, spending several weeks to capture the revitalized action that can now be found on the Roseville Subdivision. The Union Pacific had just finished a 12-month project to increase the width of 15 tunnels and snow sheds on Donner Pass so that doublestack trains could again be routed over this crossing of the Sierra Nevada range. Southern Pacific once ran doublestacks over Donner Pass but as larger containers with extra height evolved, its successor, Union Pacific, had been compelled to route its container trains over the Feather River Canyon instead, and traffic on Donner declined to a trickle of its former intensity. However, in 2008 UP decided it would be worth the cost to "raise the roof" on the shorter, faster line to expedite delivery of intermodal freight by several hours when compared to the more lengthy transit of the former Western Pacific line. As a result, traffic is now flowing over Donner in abundance! You'll see types of trains showcased here: grain trains, fruit trains, auto trains, general freight, and Amtrak's California Zephyr. We'll show them battling the stiff grades and serpentine curves that railroaders face on Donner. The spotlight, however, is on the enormous doublestack trains, some of them up to 9,000-feet long! Once again, the sounds of laboring diesels hauling containers by the hundreds echo off the granite walls of this historic pass. At last you can see those massive doublestacks slugging their way over the crest of the jaw-dropping 7,000-foot summit. There is nothing quite like Doublestacks Over Donner!

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DOUBLESTACKS OVER TEHACHAPI PENTREX 30 minutes color with hi fi sound and narration

Doublestack containers have revolutionized the railroad industry. You can see them everywhere across the nation. Yet one of America's most famous railroad landmarks has been off limits to doublestacks due to numerous small tunnels. Now, after millions of dollars and months of hard work, the famous Tehachapi Loop has doublestacks traveling around it in spectacular style!Pentrex visited Tehachapi in the 1990's to show the results of the work done in the tunnels and trackside to prepare for the doublestacks. A season of record rainfall in California left hillsides green and gorgeous, and every shot in this video is a beauty! You'll see the latest high-powered, high-tech locomotives growling up the grades and pulling their mile-long trains around the Loop.

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DURANGO & SILVERTON NARROW GAUGE PENTREX 60 minutes in color with Hi-Fi Sound and Narration

The Durango & Silverton offers one of the most spectacular train rides in North America. Steep grades, sharp curves, narrow ledges, and perilous chasms are the hallmarks of this popular narrow gauge tourist railroad. See famous locations: the breathtaking Highline balancing 400 feet above the River of the Lost Souls, The Narrows, Rockwood Cut with its huge red granite rock formations, and Silverton, perched at an elevation of 9,288 feet.

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EAST BROAD TOP PENTREX 1 hour 48 minutes in color with Stereo Sound and Narration

In 1997, when this show was originally filmed, the East Broad Top Railroad was the oldest narrow gauge line still in operation in the US and the last original narrow gauge railroad in existence east of the Mississippi River. Most of the original track remained intact. Historic artifacts lined the route as if caught in a time warp. Our tour of the railroad found abandoned freight cars, deserted yards, stations, tunnels, water tanks, and bridges along the old right-of-way. Journey with us to the mountains of southern Pennsylvania to learn about the East Broad Top's rich heritage. Then take to the rails to see the line as an excursion operation. Experience the thrill of riding in the cab of a Mikado-type locomotive and witness the spectacular beauty of steam engines running on clear, cold, October days. A special railfan weekend has the East Broad Top running all available equipment, including doubleheaded steam trains, freights, and the EBT's M-1 motorcar. See for yourself why the East Broad Top is one of railroading's national treasures!

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EMPIRE BUILDERS TO MILWAUKEE PENTREX 50 minutes color with sound and narration

Privately run intercity passenger service in Milwaukee was a thing of the past by early 1971. The Federal government had formed Amtrak to remove the burden of passenger service from the railroads and insure that core passenger routes remained active. By May 1st, when Amtrak rolled into Milwaukee, things had changed. Milwaukee Road's Hiawatha and C&NW's bi-level Streamliners were out, but Amtrak's Empire Builder was in. Direct rail service was now available all the way to Seattle, but one could no longer travel to Green Bay! All passenger service on C&NW rails was gone, but Amtrak did pick up some Chicago-Milwaukee trains over Milwaukee Road rails. These new trains looked different, too. Amtrak paint was months away and its first units were made up of mismatched heritage cars and engines that earned them the nickname "Rainbow" trains (BN green, GN orange and blue, Milwaukee yellow, Burlington silver, NP greens, and others). Their classic motive power included E-9s, F-3s, F-7s, and F-9s. Empire Builders to Milwaukee takes you back to the six months preceding and following the start of Amtrak service in Milwaukee. You'll view the Morning Hiawatha and the C&NW bi-level Streamliners during their last winter and spring of operations as well as Amtrak's new Empire Builder and Chicago-Milwaukee corridor service. Also making appearances are freights (many pulled by venerable GP35s and GP9s) on the Milwaukee Road and Soo Line, the commuter Cannonball, and specials including Amtrak's Turbo Train on its national tour and the Great Circus Train of 1971. These exciting scenes were filmed at Oconomowoc, Pewaukee, Duplainville, Brookfield, Elm Grove, Wauwatosa, Oak Creek, West Bend, and other Milwaukee metro areas. There's plenty to enjoy in this fascinating tribute to Amtrak's early Empire Builders!

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GRAND ISLAND PENTREX 48 minutes color with HiFi sound and narration

Until July, 1995, Burlington Northern and Union Pacific trains took turns using a diamond crossing where their lines intersect in Grand Island, Nebraska. Now, Burlington Northern Santa Fe trains climb up and over the UP triple-track main line to avoid the congestion of a crossing at grade. The elevated structure provides a spectacular setting for over-and-under railroad action.In this video, Pentrex first follows the BNSF line from Cairo, Nebraska to Grand Island. A variety of motive power is seen, including brand new BNSF SD70MACs hauling coal, Kansas City Southern and EMD/Oakway SD60s, and BN SD60M 1991 in patriotic red, white and blue paint. The action then moves to the Union Pacific line east of Grand Island. Several Chicago & North Western GE locomotives make appearances on coal and doublestack trains, along with lots of UP power.Back at Grand Island, the camera catches a rail grinder at work and a bright red pair of geeps pulls a Nebraska Central train off a branch line and pushes it into the yard.

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GREAT AMERICAN CIRCUS & SHOW TRAINS PENTREX 1 hour 45 minutes color with sound and narration

Years ago excited crowds would be thrilled by the appearance of a circus or a carnival train. They knew a spectacle of grand proportions was coming to town. That thrill has not completely disappeared. Here's your chance to view the last two modern circus trains and the only carnival that still travels by rail! Every year the Circus World Museum at Baraboo, Wisconsin reenacts an old-fashioned circus train. Antique circus wagons from the museum's extensive collection are loaded aboard railroad cars by traditional methods. Then vintage passenger diesels power the special train across the state to Milwaukee where these highly prized wagons, pulled by teams of powerful draft horses called "baggage stock," will star in the annual Great Circus Parade. The James E. Strates Carnival travels the eastern US aboard a 61-car train. Many of the carnival's employees live aboard the train, just as in times past. Jimmy Strates, the founder's grandson, relates what it was like growing up on the train and explains how traveling by rail works better for the company than other transportation methods.These trains and others are shown while underway and as equipment and personnel work to load and unload them. You'll see the unique methods used to handle heavy equipment and gain additional background on the great American circus trains of the past and present. It's a railroading experience like no other and one the whole family will enjoy!

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HEARTLAND HIGHLIGHTS PENTREX 90 minutes color with sound and narration

Youre invited to come along and take a trip with us as we capture some great railroading action at random locations in half a dozen states throughout the Midwest. The Arkansas & Missouri always puts on a great show and our cameras were there to catch them doing what they do best. Further North, the Wisconsin & Southern is another favorite gem for railfans and we caught some great activity from that railroad in Janesville, Wisconsin. When was the last time you've seen classic F units in freight service? A visit to the Keokuk Junction Railway will make it worth your while. in Southern Illinois, the Crab Orchard & Egyptian adds more variety. the Belton, Grandview, and Kansas City railroad offers train rides Southward out of Belton, Missouri. A few hours were spent in Davenport, Iowa at exciting spots, such as Canadian Pacifics Nahant yard. Plus, you'll see heavy duty mainline action along the BNSF, Canadian National, Union Pacific, Iowa Interstate, and so much more.

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HORSESHOE CURVE/SAND PATCH GRADE PENTREX 2 Hours 15 minutes color with Hi Fi sound and narration

Horse Shoe Curve and Sand Patch Grade are two Pennsylvania railroading landmarks of enormous popularity, with good reason. They share long history, challenging terrain, heavy traffic, and innovative technologies. Pentrex recorded these famous sites in the late 1980s and released two outstanding shows, both of which are included on this new combo DVD.Horse Shoe Curve - Step back to 1989 when Conrail was running from 40-60 trains a day through the 3-track curve at this historic site in central Pennsylvania. Most of the action here is led by Conrail but Amtrak makes an appearance as well. The interesting mix of motive power you'll see here includes SD40s, SD40-2s, SD45-2s, and GE C30-7As. You'll travel to Alto Tower in Altoona, Benny, the Gallitzin Twin Tunnels, AR Tower, MO Tower in Cresson, but most of all you'll spend quality time at Horse Shoe Curve itself, the granddaddy of railfan locations! (75 minutes)Sand Patch Grade- Old and new technologies intermingle on this remote yet important route through the Alleghenies. In 1990, when our show was recorded, this former B&O trackage was known as the Mainline Subdivision, a part of CSX's Chicago-to-Baltimore mainline. CSX trains battled their way upgrade through Brackens, Fairhope, Falls Cut Tunnel, Glencoe, the horse shoe curve at Mance, and Sand Patch Grade itself. You'll see a variety of motive power including GP30s, GP40s, SD50s, the CSX F-unit, and others in an assortment of paint schemes such as B&O, C&O, Clinchfield, Seaboard, Chessie, and classic CSX colors. You'll also tour the tower at Hyndman where vintage Armstrong levers were still in daily use and visit busy SA tower at the crest of Sand Patch Summit. Sand Patch Grade, rich in history, abounds in exciting mainline railroading! (60 minutes)

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HOUSTON A DECADE OF DIFFERENCE PENTREX 2 Hours 55 minutes color with Stereo sound and narration

Split into two shows on two discs, Pentrex takes you on a fascinating journey of railroading operations in Houston and its surrounding areas. The first show, shot in the early 2000s, captures Houstons diverse scenery, great railfanning hotspots, and the typical locomotives commonly found during this period. The second show, shot in the spring of 2014, revisits this favorite railfan area with new, exciting footage. Along this journey, youll pay a visit to the Angelina & Neches River, Sabine River & Northern, Moscow, Camden & San Augustine and other great railroads. Youll be there to marvel at a 1944 Baldwin VO 1000 on the Texas Southeastern in Diboll, TX. Plus, youll even get a glimpse of trains crossing the impressive trestle over the Los Brazos River in Richmond, TX. To top off an already exciting program, we travel to Palestine, TX for some amazing footage of operations on the Texas State Railroad, including a Black Widow Alco RS2 and a freshly painted and rebuilt 2-8-2 steam engine! Our special coverage also includes powerful consists still painted for their former owners and the changes that occurred in the town of Rosenberg, particularly with its tower.With great train action, variety and beautiful scenery, youll be amazed by how much change has taken place in the span of a few years. This is Houston, A Decade of Difference!

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JUICE THE FINAL 3 INTERURBAN FREIGHT SURVIVORS PENTREX - 1 hour 12 minutes Color with Hi Fi Sound & Narration

At one time, electrified freight interurbans operated throughout the United States. Yet in the late 1990s, just three remained in service. Toiling under the wires as if time had passed them by, these survivors depended upon an assortment of antique motors to keep them rolling.Pentrex traveled to Wisconsin in 1998 to record the East Troy Electric, which still pulled freight on an as-needed basis. The East Troy Electric utilized motor L-9 when it took part in moving fourteen special loads of stainless steel tubing. The next stop was San Antonio where Texas Transportation ran electric freight motors through the city's streets to serve the iconic Pearl Brewery. Then we headed to Mason City, Iowa to view multiple motors on Iowa Traction. A ride aboard one of their historic motors gave us a great view of the motorman at work. During our visits, you'll learn why these railroads continued to operate their old freight motors in modern times. If you love traction, you'll be thrilled by the sight of these antique electrics at work in Juice, the Final Three Electric Interurban Freight Survivors!

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KANSAS CITY SOUTHERN PENTREX 1 hour 20 minutes color with sound and narration

Step back to 1990 and tour the entire Kansas City Southern system from Kansas City, Missouri to Port Arthur, Texas and over the former Louisiana & Arkansas line from New Orleans to Shreveport and across the Texas Division towards Dallas. Thrilling action on the KCS reveals heavy coal and grain trains snaking through the Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas as helpers shove hard on the rear. Manifest freights are seen grinding their way over the summit of Rich Mountain. Elsewhere locals are racing against the clock before their time expires while yard switchers toil at their unending tasks. Every class of engine running on the KCS in early 1990 is seen in action here. Its well-known white paint scheme was transitioning to the new gray and you'll see examples of both. In a grand finale, a hot train with one of the KCS F-Unit slugs sprints across the rolling Texas Division. Here's a great opportunity to revisit one of America's favorite railways!

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LAST RUN OF A CAB FOWARD OVER DONNER PASS PENTREX 1 hour color & Black & White with sound and narration

An Albert C. Phelps Film One of railroading's most spectacular runs took place over the weekend of November 30, 1957 when Southern Pacific Cab Forward 4274 left Sacramento for its final journey across Donner Pass. This historic event was captured on film by Albert C. Phelps, with special photography by J. Allen Hawkins and Jacob DeVries. You'll ride in the cab of the AC-powered 10-car train as it climbs the steep grade. Special scenes include 4274's shake-down run in Roseville as it prepares for its final run, rare pacing shots of the train as it races up the Sierra Nevada foothills, and photo run-bys staged for the passengers at remote locations. This is a rare treat for all steam fans to enjoy!

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LOGGING RAILROADS OF THE SIERRAS PENTREX 20 minutes color with narration

Travel back to the 1950s to visit both the West Side Lumber Company in 1951 and the Pickering Lumber Company in 1953. Follow the logs as they are cut and transported back to the mills to be cut into boards. View the various Heisler and Shay locomotives in action and learn the strengths of each. The rare footage of this film gives you a great opportunity to witness a fascinating operation that exists only on this DVD and in memory.

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LTV MINING RAILROAD PENTREX 1 hour, color, hi-fi sound, narration

Pentrex takes you where few have ventured: deep into the inner plant and strip mines of LTV Mining Company's Minnesota operation as it existed in the early 1990s. You'll see the last intact group of EMD-delivered F-Units that remain in service on what was formerly known as the Erie Mining Railroad. There's plenty of Alco action on mine runs, and Baldwin switchers are seen working around the plant.This is the complete taconite story. Starting with the removal of ore-bearing rock from pit mines, we trace the process from crushing and pulverizing to concentrating the ore and forming taconite pellets. Once the pellets have been formed, they are transported to the dock by railroad for their journey to LTV's blast furnaces. LTV's roster of locomotives is truly unique, with units from three different manufacturers. A group of Electro-Motive F-9s is used to haul 96-car trains of taconite pellets to the ore dock. Rock is hauled from the strip mines by Alco diesels, primarily RS-11 roadswitchers. Alco C-420 engines and a C-424 are also used. A fleet of Baldwin S-12 switch engines handles supplies for the plant. You'll see all of these locomotives in action as they perform their daily routines around the huge mining complex. Then you'll climb aboard the cab of an F-9 for the trip to the Lake Superior ore dock. It's a beautiful ride through the north woods of Minnesota's remote iron range country. Hop aboard with this exciting presentation of LTV Mining Railroad!

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MISSOURI-KANSAS-TEXAS PENTREX 1 hour color with sound and narration

Known popularly as the KATY (due to its "K-T" trading symbol), the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad was a major force in the development of the west, linking Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri and Salina, Kansas to the port of Galveston, Texas. Pentrex takes you back to 1988 to explore everyday operations on the KATY just prior to its takeover by Union Pacific. Starting at Dallas, Texas, we'll make our way to Kansas City, Missouri to explore the northeast portion of the line. Then we'll travel from Ft. Worth to Galveston and back to experience railroading on the southern stretch. For the most part, KATY locomotives appear in their green and yellow paint scheme but the former red paint and some Conrail blue can also be seen. GP38s, GP39s, and GP40s make up the majority of the fleet; however, you'll also enjoy images of SD40s, SD40-2s, an ALCO RS3, and an F7A rebuilt slug. Cabooses were in use on most of these trains; you'll see them paired with an interesting mix of freight equipment. We caught riveting action on the KATY, with a wide variety of trains. Union Pacific and Burlington Northern also make an appearance, especially at the busy crossing of the Red River Bridge and at Waggoner Crossing. Highlights of the show include street running in La Grange, a ride aboard a KATY train headed for Kansas City, the clickety-clack of steel wheels on jointed rails, yard switching, and long, awesome pacing sequences. These scenes were shot over a several month period, giving you a broader view of what life was like on the KATY before it was absorbed into a new identity. A once mighty fallen flag comes back to life as you enjoy Pentrex's salute to the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad!

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MT RAINIER SCENIC'S GEARED LOCOMOTIVES PENTREX 1 hour 9 minutes color with stereo sound and narration

Experience geared steam action as Heisler, Shay and Climax locomotives launch a new season on the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad. Ready for the annual Spring photo run is Heisler No. 91, a three truck West Coast Special; former Pickering Lumber Company No. 11, a three truck Pacific Coast Shay built in 1929 by Lima Locomotive Works; and Mt. Rainier's Climax, the next-to-last of its type ever constructed and the first locomotive restored at the Mt. Rainier shops in southeastern Washington. These standard gauge oil burners represent the highest level of geared technology developed by each manufacturer. They have plenty of muscle to easily haul heavy lumber up 2.8 percent grades. Close up shots demonstrate the different gear systems in motion. Plus, there are stunning action scenes of all three locomotives pulling uphill side by side. A surprise debut of saddle tank No. 17, a Minaret Mikado-type steamer, and views of an Alco S1 and a former Northern Pacific F9 add to the adventure. Both passenger and freight trains are headed by some of the most interesting and rarely seen locomotives in existence. It's a fantastic sight!

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