Empire Builders to Milwaukee DVD Train Video
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Privately run intercity passenger service in Milwaukee was a thing of the past by early 1971. The Federal government had formed Amtrak to remove the burden of passenger service from the railroads and insure that core passenger routes remained active. By May 1st, when Amtrak rolled into Milwaukee, things had changed. Milwaukee Road"s Hiawatha and C&NW"s bi-level Streamliners were out, but Amtrak"s Empire Builder was in. Direct rail service was now available all the way to Seattle, but one could no longer travel to Green Bay! All passenger service on C&NW rails was gone, but Amtrak did pick up some Chicago-Milwaukee trains over Milwaukee Road rails. These new trains looked different, too. Amtrak paint was months away and its first units were made up of mismatched heritage cars and engines that earned them the nickname "Rainbow" trains (BN green, GN orange and blue, Milwaukee yellow, Burlington silver, NP greens, and others). Their classic motive power included E-9s, F-3s, F-7s, and F-9s.
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
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Steamboy (Revere MA US) on 2018-01-22 09:29:47.
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This 2006 dvd features the transition of fallen flag passenger trains with a great variety of early diesels, as well as some well done sound recorded from these rare 16mm films. This was the only pentrex dvd to feature 12 previews! Overall Dave Drui did a fine narration and yes you can turn it off to listen to the rare sound films as well.
Jeffrey Ornstein on 2008-03-31 22:02:38.
Lots of early Amtrak "Rainbow" consists await you in this video of vintage footage of various local and long distance passenger trains. It's mainly trackside footage, but if you like mis-matched passenger trains, as was the norm in in the early 70's, then you will definitely find this video of interest. There's also some freight action as well as an interesting look at a circus train.