Electric Rails Of Utah D-127 Charles Smiley Presents 4.5 of 5 (2)
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Visit The Fabulous electric railroads that once roamed the Great Salt Lake area. The lines featured are the Bamberger Railroad, The Utah Idaho Central, Salt Lake Garfield & Western, (Saltair), and the Salt Lake ∓ Utah Railroad. Passenger and freight operation, with nostalgic scenes and lots of history, make this a 'must see' video. The Bamberger and the Saltair both operated trains to amusement parks -- such as Lagoon Park and the Saltair Pavilion. We cover those topics as well as express LCL service. Ride the trains from Salt Lake City to Logan, Idaho and down to Preston, Utah and see a vanished way of living. Take a pleasant trip out on the Salt Lake by rail to the Saltair Pavilion. See streetcars in Salt Lake City with vintage city scenes that will 'take you back' to the WWII era. And don't forget to take the ride on a Bamberger high-speed Brill car. The gigantic Kennecott Copper Corporation pit mine of Bingham Canyon is a feature with a fascinating vintage-look at one of Utah's major industries that has provided employment and prosperity. See the circa-1920 pit mine electric trains and the giant electric ore trains to the concentrators around Magna. The Kennecott Copper Corporation's operation in East Nevada is also covered as a comparison. Our usual maps, accurate sound, graphics and historical information help tie all this wonderful vintage material together to form a nice look at the Salt Lake area from an electric railroader's perspective.
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samtheman on 2007-11-03 19:39:56.
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I specifically sought this video out after reminiscing about some of my cross country trips when I was younger. I have distinct memories of passing the Saltair palace on the salt flats and even riding these weird roller coaster like cars on a water flume. It was like a cross between a regular water tube ride and a roller coaster. Then several years later I passed by again and the place was virtually under water. I remember walking into the main palace and seeing the mosaic tiles under water. So I just happened to notice on this DVD that there was a rail line that went there (didn't know that), and was thrilled to watch it and see my memories come to life. Great stuff from CSP!
Jeffrey Ornstein on 2010-04-15 16:23:45.
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An interesting video that chronicles the rise, heyday and fall of several interurban lines that radiated from the Salt Lake City area. We see many large passenger and combine cars, some with unique, even psychedelic paint schemes - and in the 1940's, no less! Also of interest was the footage of the very modern Brilliners - similar to, but not copies of the Brill Bullets. Local electric freight operations are also reviewed, as well as the resorts and amusement parks that made up much of the revenue of several of the lines presented. The video ends with a look at the operations in the kennecott mines. Here, we see electric freight motors with three - yes, three - pantographs. The video ends with a review of former Utah cars that are now preserved in museums. Narration was constant, but gives a very detailed history of the lines. Music is also added. Image quality was good, but it was obvious that it's a dub of a video tape. Any vintage traction will like this program.
Added 2013-03-06 11:02:18 by Charles Smiley
I don't know where you got the idea that this was a "dub" of some video tape. This product was never even offered on video tape. All the color film stock was digitally transferred to an editing system -- which explains why you mentioned the image quality was "good". Some of the material from the 1920 era may have looked like less than modern material, but that will always be the case.