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.
DVD Special Feature:
Chapter Menu provides instant access to program segments.
2 Hours 20 Minutes In Color and Black & White with Appropriate Stereo Sound and Narration Full-screen (4x3) Format No region code; can be played in any NTSC DVD player worldwide Packaged in Sturdy Vinyl Clamshell Case ISBN:1-56342-153-4 UPC: 7-48268-00436-0
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rrvideoman on 2009-02-18 14:15:51.
5 of 5
Part # 3 of the Big Boy Combo takes us to Sherman Hill. And what a treat to see these giants working hard. Real footage from the actual events, as we are able to ride the cab, stand along side the rails, listen to the stories of the men who were there and so much more. With interesting scenes and camera angles, it is a production that you will want to see over many times. Live the action at the time and place. The Combo series concludes with a Hollywood type tv program about an engineer, his love for the Big Boys, and the battle with his son over the coming of the diesels. This is a family type movie, not just a video of trains. Like the other 3 Parts of the Combo series, Big Boys are in action. It is a nice finally to the series on the Giants that once ruled the rails. Very excellent production that is a "must have".
Additional remarks by rrvideoman: Narration:Just enough. Would kids enjoy this?Yes. Image quality:Good. DVD Value:Good Value Recommend to others?A "Must Have"!