Blue Mountains Vols 1-3 Combo on DVD Train Video
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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. Video Rails captured the power of the Union Pacific as it faced its toughest run and released the story of this northwest passage in three separate videos. Now, combined here for you on one action-packed DVD, are those three exciting shows! Featured are:
Volume 1: La Grande to Huntington. Dramatic footage covers all the action from La Grande to Huntington. 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. Trailer trains, container trains, doublestacks, grain, soda ash, auto racks, and Amtrak are seen on this exciting journey.
Volume 2: La Grande to Hinkle. Scale the Blue Mountains from La Grande northwest through Hilgard and Motanic to the summit at Kamela. 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. SD40-2s, C36-7s, 8-40Cs, and an SD60 are seen at Meacham Creek Canyon, the Umatilla River, and beyond.
Volume 3: Winter in the Blues. Travel the 56-mile "snow zone" of the Blue Mountains from North Powder to Meacham in the dead of winter. Climb the steep grades to the summits of Telocaset and Kamela, and then barrel across the Grande Valley through La Grande. A steady stream of UP trains have to battle against heavy snows in this formidable obstacle course and you"ll be trackside to appreciate the challenges they face!
DVD Special Feature:
* Chapter Menus provides instant access to program segments.
In Color with 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
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VideoRailsFan on 2009-12-25 11:02:18.
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Video Rails came through with flying colors on this three volume set. The intro includes some awesome graphics and upbeat techno music. Volumes I and II include graphics showing the section which Video Rails is about to show on the railroad. Included are grade measurements, maximum track speed, and even in what engine throttle the crews must run in. Volume I takes you from La Grande to Huntington. I enjoyed the beautiful scenery as well as the trains. Video Rails spent some time at the long curve at Crooks, documenting several UP trains and Amtrak's Pioneer. Volume II shows La Grand to Hinkle. The scenery has a smaller quantity of mountains, but this part of the route is very beautiful nonetheless. I enjoy the cab ride in a brand new diesel. Also included are some winter scenes. Volume III documents winter in the "Snow Zone." This video is probably the first video that Video Rails produced with an even better professional camera. I enjoy seeing the snow on the locomotives as well as on the trees. Also, the graphics are even more refined and includes a schematic diagram of La Grande's yard. An added extra shows a brand-new SD60M in switching service at La Grande. This combo DVD even shows the newest locomotives equipped with the brand-new widecab. Of all the Video Rails videos ever produced, this collection is probably my favorite. I recommend it highly to fans of modern railroading.
rrvideoman on 2007-09-11 04:34:19.
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Do you enjoy mountain railroading, in various weather conditions? This is one of the finest movies made.
Nikhil Murthy (Washington) on 2015-12-15 18:23:22.
This Video Rails program comprises 3 volumes featuring the Blue Mountains in Eastern Oregon:
dmacleo (Maine) on 2014-06-26 16:53:56.
good scenery, decent action and narration. worth the money.
Texas Hi-Railer (West Texas) on 2012-10-11 12:56:19.
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This is another excellent Pentrex DVD and covers some awesome Winter footage in the mountains. It's 3 hours of rail pounding footage at its best and I highly recommend this video for your collection. The scenery in this video footage is some of the finest I've seen yet on video and the sound & image quality is excellent. You will definitely want this video in your collection if you love mountain railroading!
Russ (Waco, Texas) on 2011-02-17 06:14:06.
Scenery is tremendous in this dvd. I really enjoy seeing and hearing the older diesel power as well as the newer power, such as the SD60's,that was just coming on the scene when the dvd was filmed.
Tom J on 2010-08-08 16:30:03.
I would give this DVD a "B." It is worth having, but it is not spectacular.
UK Phil on 2010-02-06 13:00:57.
This is a brilliant dvd particularly part 3,this one hour part was filmed in the snow with loads of noise from the chugging GE's both types of cabs and the roar from the GMs again both cab types.The cold air must magnify these sounds. The scenery is spectacular and the camera crew deserve praise for their herculean efforts in capturing the brilliant shots from all the different angles and locations that they did. loads of excitement,action and noise pure heaven.
Ryan on 2008-05-15 15:09:31.
Ugly area . Good image quality for when it was filmed.
Zennmaster on 2008-03-09 00:34:34.
If you're a railfan or a model railroader, this collection will get your blood pumping! The Blue Mountains of Northeast Oregon are some of the most beautiful and challenging terrain you'll ever see. From the heat of the summer to the challenges of heavy snows, this collection shows what the Union Pacific deals with every year.