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America by Rail - Route of the Southwest Chief Train Video

America by Rail - Route of the Southwest Chief Train Video Greg Scholl Video Productions ABRSWC 616964000408
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The 4th and final DVD in the series is by no means the least dramatic. Travel 2300 miles over the famous former Santa Fe Railroad from Chicago to Los Angeles on the Southwest Chief. This famous train works its way past Chicago's skyline, farm fields, the Great Plains, the southern Rocky Mountains, and through the great southwest. You'll experience breathtaking views from the sightseer lounge, enjoy dinner in the diner, and slumber in your cozy sleeping car. We bring you the best views including onboard the train, the train passing by, and inside the locomotive cab for some portions of the trip.

Along the way stop and visit historic and scenic railroad attractions including, The Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad (plus a visit to the famous Dwight D. Eisenhower Museum), historic Dodge City, the Cumbres and Toltec steam railroad in Colorado, the charming Santa Fe Southern Railway in New Mexico, Arizona's incredible Verde Canyon Railroad, California's Orange Empire Railway Museum and historic Knotts Berry Farm Railroad. You're even pampered on a short trip aboard the American Orient Express cruise train! And, no trip to the Southwest would be complete without seeing the Grand Canyon. The nice part of this view is that its an aerial view! There is definately something for everyone in this video which features more dynamic and relaxing music by Mike Lynch.


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DVD Item#:ABRSWC
Runtime:1 Hour, 30 Mins
Producer:Greg Scholl Video Productions
Aspect Ratio:Full Screen
DVD UPC:616964000408
Shrink Wrapped?:Yes
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC
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  •  5 of 5


Another excellent video production of the "America by Rail" series by Greg Scholl. This video follows the same format of the other 3 videos in the series with the music and the narration. This video is also the same with the extra excursion trains and stops along the way.
Starting in Chicago Illinios, Amtrak's Southwest Chief makes it;s way across the USA, following the old Santa Fe Route. We see the typical Illinos landscape before darkness hits. There are scenes from within the train of dining and pulling the beds down for the night. Throughout the video, scenes from aboard the train, in the cab, and rail side are all part of this adventure. Like all the "America by Rail" series, there are the stops along the way. This journey is filled with some interesting locations like the Eisenhower Museum, where we are even treated to scenes of the President and his wife on board a train from an archive film. A side trip to Santa Fe, via the Santa Fe Southern Railway, and the American Orient Express makes an appearance. One of my favorate scenes is the Verde Canyon Railroad in Arizona. It's a beautiful trip through a very scenic area. The engines have a unique paint scheme with a bald eagle on them. Then there is a trip to the Grand Canyon, whichs includes a helicopter ride over the area.
Near the end of the video are some intersting locations in the state of California, which includes the Orange Empire Railway Museum. The history lover's will enjoy this part of the video as old trolley cars make them way area the museum.
This is an excellent video production that all rail fans, and even non-rail fans will enjoy many times over again.
I highly recommend this to all.



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  •  5 of 5


As with all of the other America by Rail programs, this one shows a long-distance Amtrak train, the Southwest Chief, running the entire route all the way from Chicago to Los Angeles. Furthermore, there is informative narration on the route of the train itself along with side trips to other locations and trains (i.e. Abilene, KS; Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad; Cumbres & Toltec; Santa Fe Southern; American Orient Express; Verde Canyon Railroad; Orange Empire Railway Museum; Ghost Town and Calico Railroad) as well as one national park, in this case the Grand Canyon National Park. However, one of the unique things about this program is that it was probably produced in cooperation with Amtrak because some of the areas on the train are inaccessible to the public, especially today since September 11 (i.e. the dining car lower level as well as behind-the-scenes footage of chefs in the dining car cooking meals for the patrons on the train). In addition, there is a more detailed look at the classes of service that Amtrak Superliners offer especially for those who want to take an Amtrak trip for themselves for the first time ranging from the coaches to the sleeper cars to the dining car and the lounge car.

Overall, this program is as great as the other America by Rail programs in this series.


Additional remarks by Nikhil Murthy:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Definitely!
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? A "Must Have"!

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  •  5 of 5


Nice program. The side trips were interesting. The cab ride and track side alternation is well proportioned. I'd highly recommend the pop-out. I'm sure the whole series is great.

Additional remarks by docalpha:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value:: Fair.
Recommend to others? A "Must Have"!

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(Boca Raton, FL, USA) on .

  •  4 of 5


Very enjoyable video! My wife and I took the Empire Builder last year,
we are going to ride the California Zephyr this year, and we may
ride the Southwest Chief next year. I was especially impressed with
the sharp graphics.


Additional remarks by Chris and Sally Beaton:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? Definitely.

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(Lake Tahoe, CA.) on .

  •  4 of 5


...Nice review of the Southwest Chief from Chicago to LA..
Some interesting sidelights away from the route that are entertaining. Gives you scenic railroads and a few historic places that are eye-catching.. (If you've never been there)
Was interested in the Raton Pass part in New Mexico.. Saw the Chief highball "out of Lamy" a few years ago, and the DVD put me right back at the same spots, as if I was there again! Love the scenery too..


Additional remarks by RBZ:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? Definitely.

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