Once leading the country'sfinest 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'sUnion 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'snightmare, 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'sview of the route they travel, treat yourself to Burlington Northern E-Units, Along the Racetrack!
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1 Hour In Color with Hi-Fi Sound and Narration Full-screen (4x3) Format No region code; can be played in NTSC DVD players worldwide Packaged in Sturdy Vinyl Clamshell Case ISBN: 1-56342-241-7 UPC: 7-48268-00524-4 Produced by Pentrex 1991. Released on DVD 2008.
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Jeffrey Ornstein on 2009-03-29 17:23:56.
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I was looking forward to receiving this video since some of my railroad interests are commuter trains and classic diesel power.
While this is a dated video, it's quite impressive. On this dvd, you are taken on a tour of Metra's line from Chicago's Union Station to Auroura. Runbys are meshed with a cab ride, and it's interesting to see the engineer controlling the throttle and watching the digital speedometer.
However, one aspect of this video which I didn't expect was the superb camera work. Whoever filmed it had an excellent eye for composition, color, and the ability to expertly pan and zoom to get maximum effect. There are some beautiful shots of the trains glimmering in the sunset, rounding curves and head-on views of the E units leaving the stations. Many shots in the first half of the show have the Sears Tower in the background.
You also see the unique stations along the line and a little bit of the communities it serves. At the end, there's a shot of the inside of an E unit, so you get to see its power plant in action.
This was a enjoyable video that I will watch again and again. Hopefully, Pentrex can do an updated video of the line in the near future.
Additional remarks by Jeffrey Ornstein: Narration:Just enough. Would kids enjoy this?Maybe. Image quality:Excellent! DVD Value:Excellent Value! Recommend to others?Definitely.