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Diesel Power on the Santa Fe D-117 Charles Smiley Presents Train Video

Diesel Power on the Santa Fe D-117 Charles Smiley Presents Train Video Charles Smiley Presents D-117
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The Santa Fe we knew is gone but the imprint it left on the west is celebrated here on brilliant color film that has been digitized and edited with care. A number of film sources show the late-great Santa Fe through a variety of motive power changes that reflect the Santa Fe's ability to respond well to an evolving industry. Few roads could compare to their quality of service. They left a positive and lasting impression on the public. The railroad industry in general maintained credibility through their efforts. Even in the rough times. TRAINS MAGAZINE comments Diesel Power on the Santa Fe gets off to a rousing start, with a fast-paced montage of motion picture and still images set to suitably dramatic music. Many of the scenic feature the classic places of the Santa Fe-Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal in days of the F's, Tehachapi, Cajon, and Barstow Yard. The careful editing (and excellent maps and graphics) do justice to the subject. This is a fine DVD and one that will appeal to the Santa Fe's many devoted fans.-C.S The Cast: GP20, GP30 & GP35 SD24, SD26 & SD45 CF7, FP45 & F-units ALCO PA - ALCO'S & RSDs U-boats & cabooses at all the great hot-spots Visit Old Cajon, Tehachapi, Mojave, Barstow Yd. plus the Stockton and Pasadena Subdivisions. See LAUPT and many other locations with both passenger and freight trains. Vignettes from Illinois, New Mexico and Arizona. See the Santa Fe in the evolving years from 1965 to 1985. Special sections on the F-units, Cowl units, Super-c and ALCO power.

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DVD Item#:D-117
Runtime:1 Hour, 31 Mins
Producer:Charles Smiley Presents
Aspect Ratio:Full Screen
Shrink Wrapped?:Yes
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC

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  •  3 of 5

Santa Fe. Possibly the most well recognized name in Railroading, covering a territory from Chicago to California, along with it's deep history which helped open the US west.
This movie covers the time frame from early to mid diesels, but does touches very little on the later diesels that took the SF into the BNSF. Most of the earlier SF's are well represented, from the FT's and F7's to the SD40's & 45's; U-boats and converted CF7's; and the beautiful FP45's in the great War Bonnet paint scheme. Maps are done well, including a close-up of Cajon. Alco, EMD and GE are well represented, along with a few scenes of electrics but little of any others, ie - Baldwin, etc.
Unforunatly, the territory covered is primarily California. A non rail fan may not believe that the SF went far beyond California with it's great empire in the US mid-west in viewing this movie. Some (a few) scenes from Arizona, quick scenes from Texas, New Mexico, and Illinios, but an unfair advantage to California when the total SF territory is considered. Many California locations are shown, but not in sequence. The movie does a fair amount of location jumping, returning several times to a particular location, like Tehachapi and Cajon. It's not a point A to point B type of movie.
Over all --- a good movie; a favorate in my collection -No. Recommended - Yes, as there is some fine diesels to view.

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(Santa Ana, California) on .

  •  4 of 5

Boy oh boy did this DVD bring back a lot of memories. My father and myself were once AT&SF employees and railfans. There is a lot of great coverage of all of the Santa Fe motive power with great photography and sounds. Although the narration gets a little boring (They could have used a bit less) The action more than makes up for it. I really enjoyed seeing trains pass the old depot In Santa Fe Springs and Pico Rivera where a lot of my earlier railfanning was done.
If you like seeing a wide range of Santa Fe motive power you are going to like this DVD despite the blah blah blah narration.
Boxcar Mike

Additional remarks by Boxcar Mike:
Narration: A little bit too much.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Good Value
Recommend to others? Yes.

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(Trott Park,South Australia) on .

  •  5 of 5

I enjoy'd the DVD, was well priced but it would Fantastic in BLU Ray.
cheers Ros

Additional remarks by Rosslyn:
Narration: Could have used more.
Would kids enjoy this? Yes.
Image quality: A little rough around the edges.
DVD Value: Good Value
Recommend to others? Yes.

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(Pennsylvania) on .

  •  5 of 5

This video features some rare footage from a period when it seems little video footage exists (the second generation diesel ere: after steam and before the modern era). As such, some of the footage is not of the highest quality--yet this is virtually all there is. I personally would like to see more footage of the RSD-15's, for example, but nobody else has any footage of them running on Santa Fe that I know of. There's plenty of GE's, EMD's, Alco's and some others as well--including a few surprises like a UP DDA40X Centennial and bicentennial painted Santa Fe SD45-2's, including the Super C freight train running 90 mph+. It's a very interesting dvd overall, even if not up to the Pentrex footage-quality standards of today.

Additional remarks by John:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? I doubt it.
Image quality: A little rough around the edges.
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? Yes.

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