If you stand in the Mojave Desert, you feel the intense heat, the desert wind, a sense of desolation due to the expense of uninhabited land, and wonderment that is punctuated by mountains on all sides. What you then notice is the mile-long BNSF intermodal train racing by at 80 miles per hour, followed by another, then another...
The port of LA in Long Beach are the landing pads for the majority of America's trade. The BNSF rapid fires intermodal trains loaded with intermodal out of LA to points in Mid-America and beyond. Join RailTrek Media as we follow BNSF's transcontinental mainline from the LA area into the Mojave Desert, viewing various hotspot along the way; including Fullerton, San Bernardino, Cajon Pass, Barstow, Ash Hill, Siberia, and many more!
This portion of BNSF's transcon must conquer several geographical challenges in its first 250 miles. Trains race out of the Pacific ports on the San Bernardino Sub slicing through heavily populated areas, continue on the Cajon Sub climbing its namesake mountain pass, then race into barren desert on the Needles Sub. The train density, geographic challenges, and modern railroad equipment together make this a fascinating journey, "Into the Desert!".
Among the several DVDs/Blue Rays I have of the Mojave Desert, which I have driven across many, many times, this is probably the best. It really captures its mystique. But, this is a train video and it has many, many trains too. My only reservation is that the noise of the trains often drowned out the narrative which. when you can hear it, is very informative. Overall, an excellent video.
Additional remarks by Rail Buff: Narration:Just enough. Would kids enjoy this?I doubt it. Image quality:Excellent! DVD Value:Excellent Value! Recommend to others?Definitely.