Denver & Rio Grande Western DVD Train Video
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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.
In Color with Hi-Fi Sound and Narration
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VideoRailsFan on 2010-03-28 12:54:29.
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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!!
Nikhil Murthy (Redmond, WA) on 2015-10-12 20:37:11.
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This program has 2 1/2 hours of footage combined from several sources:
Jim (Centreville, VA) on 2012-05-07 14:37:29.
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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.
Chase Freeman (Grundy VA US) on 2017-09-01 13:40:03.
This video is one of my favorites in my collection. You'll see trains on the infamous Tennessee Pass line and even a cabride through the Royal Gorge. You'll see the SD50s Rio Grande purchased to Chessie specs leading coal trains (With their great sound K5LAs blaring) as well as BN and KCS power tossed in as well. 5/5
Philip Dickinson (New Zealand) on 2014-03-01 20:41:38.
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..