America by Rail - Route of the Southwest Chief Train Video
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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.
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rrvideoman on 2008-02-05 10:21:17.
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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.
Steamboy (Revere MA US) on 2017-06-29 11:27:53.
Made in 1997, this final ABR video discovers the life of cowboys, canyons, cab rides, and great southwest action. Eventually most of these segments were used in other videos such as, The Alphabet Train, Cab Ride Along The Santa Fe Trail, Rocky Mountain Snowplow, Cumbres & Toltec (1999 version), and some supplemental scenes which were never used in ths video.
Nikhil Murthy (Washington) on 2016-05-19 16:21:57.
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.
docalpha (Atlanta, GA) on 2011-09-12 13:43:13.
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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.
Chris and Sally Beaton (Boca Raton, FL, USA) on 2010-10-02 13:56:12.
Very enjoyable video! My wife and I took the Empire Builder last year,
RBZ (Lake Tahoe, CA.) on 2010-09-30 13:51:36.
...Nice review of the Southwest Chief from Chicago to LA..