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Denver & Rio Grande Western Train Video

Denver & Rio Grande Western Train Video Pentrex DRGW-DVD 748268004346
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The Denver & Rio Grande Western means rugged, spectacular mountain railroading, heavy freight hauling, and terrific action shots. That was especially true in 1986 when this show was originally filmed. At that time, the railroad was still an independent entity and most of its trains were pulled by pure sets of Rio Grande power, many with cabooses. Units from Burlington Northern, Southern Pacific, and Missouri Pacific could also be seen with run-through trains. This was pre-merger time, a great time to tour the D&RGW.

Join Pentrex as we cover the entire Denver to Salt Lake City mainline. Savor the thrill of a cab ride up the Front Range to Moffat Tunnel. Travel to Winter Park to see the Ski Train with its heavyweight coaches. Watch Rio Grande, Santa Fe, and Burlington Northern trains share operations on the Joint Line between Denver and Pueblo. Climb the awesome slopes of Tennessee Pass to the 10,000-foot summit; then descend into the Royal Gorge with its sheer rock walls. Filmed throughout the four seasons of the year, this show brings you the beauty of the Rio Grande terrain and all its nonstop action, including the Rio Grande"s business cars, Amtrak, and plenty of freights. It"s a fantastic trip!

DVD Special Features:

  • Bonus footage: A 23-minute cab ride through the Royal Gorge. This footage has never before been released!

  • Two Hi-Fi soundtracks, one with the natural train sounds, the other with narration added. The viewer can switch the narration on or off at any time.

  • Chapter Menu provides instant access to program segments.
1 Hour 52 Minutes plus 23 minutes bonus footage
In Color with Hi-Fi Sound and Narration

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DVD Item#:DRGW-DVD
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Producer:Pentrex
Aspect Ratio:Full Screen
DVD UPC:748268004346
Shrink Wrapped?:Yes
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC

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  •  5 of 5


Pentrex documented nearly every part of the Rio Grande as it existed in 1986, two years before it acquired the Southern Pacific. Gorgeous shots show mountain backdrops with trains in the foreground. The entire Moffat Route is documented, including the Moffat Tunnel. Even the metal curtain, lowered for ventilation of the tunnel, is shown. Cab rides in all seasons are shown as well. Many types of trains race along the Rio Grande, including automobile trains, mixed manifests, coal trains, and the at-that-time-new Railblazer. Speaking of autorack trains, Pentrex shows the unloading of these trains; look at those cars from the 80's, including Ford Tauruses and Broncos. Also, the Joint Line is documented. Two special highlights include a cab ride through the Royal Gorge and a look at Tennessee Pass. Passenger movements include Amtrak's California Zephyr and the Rio Grande Ski Train. (The footage of the Ski Train is historic. In 1986, when this video was filmed, heavyweight cars were still being used. A year later, Tempo cars from Canada would be purchased and implemented.) One more passenger extra is a ride on the observation platform of one of the Rio Grande's business cars. A special treat is the complete Royal Gorge cab ride, including the Royal Gorge suspension bridge and the Hanging Bridge. But Pentrex threw in one more bonus: Ski Train footage from 1984, with F-units on the point. The footage is not quite professional, but the old time consist is amazing! (You can access this footage by moving your DVD pointer one more point above the play point. I just discovered this footage by accident!) This is the most comprehensive collection of Rio Grande action. I highly recommend it to railfans everywhere!!

Additional remarks by VideoRailsFan:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? I doubt it.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? A "Must Have"!

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People who found this review helpful: 1

  •  4 of 5


This program has 2 1/2 hours of footage combined from several sources:

The main program (1 hour 52 minutes; narration)
Cab Ride from Pueblo to Parkdale (23 minutes; narration)
1984 Rio Grande Ski Train (15-20 minutes; no narration)

Interestingly for people who owned the VHS version, the DVD version has completely different narration.

Here are several highlights of the program:

Many of the trains in the program have plenty of locomotives for power since they have mid-train and rear-end helpers. One of those trains was significant; that train's motive power comprised 14 locomotives! 5 of the 14 were lead units (3 of them being MoPac SD50s), 6 mid-train helpers, and 3 rear-end helpers on Tennessee Pass.

There is a cab ride footage from Denver through Moffat Tunnel to Glenwood Springs.

Footage of the Ski Train that no longer runs today.

The Joint Line with foreign power (i.e. Burlington Northern, Santa Fe, 2 Kansas City Southern locomotives).

Scenes of Amtrak's California Zephyr with interesting consists. For example, one Amtrak train filmed had 4 now-outdated F40PHs with 5 private cars returning from the AAPRCO convention in Milwaukee in 1986. Several other scenes had a Rio Grande locomotive leading Amtrak trains since there were 2 Rio Grande business cars on the rear.

In conclusion, although the program is outdated since it was produced in 1986 this footage along with the total duration of the program is well worth it.


Additional remarks by Nikhil Murthy:
Narration: Could have used more.
Would kids enjoy this? Yes.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? Definitely.

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People who found this review helpful: 1

  •  4 of 5


I have Denver & Rio Grande Western and the only comments I would add to the other review is this video focus pretty tight on the diesels in consists there are very few scenes were you can clearly see the individual freight cars. I use books and video's to learn more about the freight cars which Rio Grande hauled, and this video tends to cut away quickly as soon as the engines are out of the picture, which is unfortunately the way it was shot. Mostly scenes where more than the engines are visible the shot's are pulled back far enough to see much in terms of consists. Otherwise, the video is an excellent resource for those interested in D&RGW in 1986.

Additional remarks by Jim:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? I doubt it.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value: Good Value
Recommend to others? Yes.

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  •  4 of 5


Video great, but too much time spent on Denver end and not enough on Soldier Summit to Salt Lake City - indeed almost nothing in the Wasatch..

Additional remarks by Philip Dickinson:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? I doubt it.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value: Good Value
Recommend to others? Yes.

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