Early Amtrak Across Wisconsin DVD Train Video
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On May 1, 1971, Amtrak became Wisconsin"s rail passenger carrier. Passenger service along the Burlington Northern"s Mississippi River Route ended as did all service on the Chicago & North Western. Famous train names such as the Milwaukee Road"s Hiawathas, C&NW"s Streamliners, and Burlington Northern"s North Coast Limited disappeared. When Amtrak began, only the Empire Builder and Chicago-to-Milwaukee corridor service were spared, and the Builder was rerouted from the BN onto the Milwaukee"s Twin Cities line.
By November, 1971, Amtrak was ready for some new Wisconsin trains. Added were Hiawatha trains to the Twin Cities; North Coast Hiawatha trains to Seattle via Southern Montana; and St. Louis service through Chicago to Milwaukee. Things were looking up for Wisconsin"s rail passenger service!
The first vestiges of Amtrak paint slowly appeared in 1972 and in 1973 there were brand new Amtrak engines. However, mismatched "Rainbow" consists were still the rule. GM&O heavyweight parlor cars often appeared as did Denver, Kansas City and California Zephyr Silver dome-observation cars. Soon the E and F locomotives would disappear forever, but in these vintage years they still dominated the trains.
Early Amtrak Across Wisconsin follows Amtrak from the Twin Cities to Southern Wisconsin in the years 1971-73. Locations include such railroading hot spots as St. Croix Junction south of St. Paul, La Crosse, and Duplainville Tower west of Milwaukee. There are scenic views along the Mississippi River and many photo locations in the metro Milwaukee area. The Amtrak trains you will see include:
Also included are views of pre-Amtrak trains along the Burlington Northern"s now freight-only Mississippi River Route, the Milwaukee Road"s commuter Cannonball, and many freights on the Milwaukee, BN, and SOO Lines. The 1972 and 1973 Schlitz Brewing Circus Trains appear. Finally, we see Amtrak"s City of New Orleans, South Wind, Super Chief, and others in the metro Chicago area. You"ll find great variety in this look at Early Amtrak Across Wisconsin!
In Color with Hi-Fi 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
Produced by Pentrex 2007
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Harvey Henkelmann (United States) on 2014-08-04 21:28:14.
People who found this review helpful: 2
Lots of great footage abounds in this video production from Pentrex. When Amtrak began operations in 1971, it inherited a hodgepodge of equipment from the host railroads, a typical Amtrak train was a veritable rainbow of color. EMD E-units still pulled passenger trains, and you'll see these at the head end of Amtrak consists in this video.
Kristian (Sweden) on 2011-07-29 23:34:09.
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Tommy Z (Shrub oak NY) on 2013-08-06 16:26:50.
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It was nice to see the early 1970s vintage scenery, but the content was a little redundant - not quite mindless runbys, but close. The circus train at the end was a nice finish
Jeffrey Ornstein on 2009-05-02 09:03:26.
If you already have the Pentrex production "Empire Builders to Milwaukee," then you have a good idea of what this video is all about. This show provides more footage from the same photographer of Early Amtrak trains in the Wisconsin passenger train corridor. Like the previous DVD, there's lots of rainbow consists, a few freights and additional locations are shown from the previous program. Some early Amtrak paint schemes are what makes this program different from Empire Builders. There's repainted E units as well as the new SDP40F's. A few passenger cars here and there are wearing the red white and blue as well. I was, however, slightly disappointed that there was no full Amtrak consists shown in the video. No entire train in the Phase 1 paint scheme are to be found. But, overall, if you like early 70's passenger trains with a variety of colors, then it could definitely be of interest. There seems to be a bit more stainless steel cars seen in this program, and the SOO line makes a guest appearance.