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High Plains Hot Shots - The Union Pacific Sidney Sub DVD

3 of 5 (1)
High Plains Hot Shots - The Union Pacific Sidney Sub DVD Highball Productions HPHW
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Union Pacific hotshots, double stacks, grain trains, manifests and coal trains on the high plains of Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska. The Sidney Sub, part of the Overland Route, runs from Cheyenne to North Platte and sees up to 50+ trains a day. Grain elevators decorate the landscape, and make an impressive background to the constant parade of trains.

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High Plains Hot Shots - The Union Pacific Sidney Sub DVD
Runtime:1 Hour, 45 Mins
Producer:Highball Productions
Aspect Ratio:Wide Screen
Shrink Wrapped?:NO!
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC

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  •  3 of 5

This video is valuable because it covers portions of the mainline usually ignored by others. It's generally well shot, especially around Point of Rocks and Lodgepole. And there's a great sequence with many meets at Owasco. However...

It's yet another "videographer's excellent adventure", in the style of John Koch/Green Frog. One camera and one cameraman in a hurry to get somewhere else. No second angles, no chases, no pacing. For example, Challenger 3985 goes by headed east trailing Centennial 6936 but he doesn't follow it! And he really doesn't know much about the region or the UP. He has an inappropriate voice and should be prohibited from doing narration, but fortunately you can turn him off. He actually claims cotton is a major crop in Nebraska! There's a mysterious image of a C-130 flying overhead - why? He visits Sidney without visiting Sidney, and ignores the possibilities of the BNSF overpass there. He doesn't know where the Julesburg sub goes (to Denver!). He ignores historically significant preserved depots right in front of him (as at Julesburg) as well as other points of interest. There are far too many nosy and backlit "arty" shots in which you can't even make out whose unit it is.

He could do better.

Additional remarks by David Garon:
Narration: Could have used more.
Narration CAN be turned off in special features.
Would kids enjoy this? I doubt it.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value:: Fair.
Recommend to others? Yes.

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