Last Run of a Cab Forward Over Donner Pass - Pentrex
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An Albert C. Phelps Film
In Color and Black & White with Stereo 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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VideoRailsFan on 2010-03-28 13:24:59.
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In 1957, Southern Pacific arranged to run the last train over Donner Pass powered by a cab-forward. Albert Phelps, J. Allen Hawkins, and Jacob DeVries were on hand to document this historic occasion in color and black and white. In 1991, Video Rails released this footage in an hour-long video. Coverage includes footage from Sacramento to Reno and back. The footage doesn't include runbys only. Footage was also recorded from inside the passenger cars as well as the cab. Even footage from inside a chase car was included. Sometimes a runby is shown a couple of times to give you a complete picture seen through the eyes of all photographers present. Add deive and superb narration, and you've got an action-packed program. This DVD always excites me; I trust it will excite you as well. If you like last runs, then this program is just for you.
dmacleo (Maine) on 2014-06-26 16:39:23.
really interesting stuff. I am not a steam fan EXCEPT for the articulated and the cab forwards are the most interesting of them. Wish more people had captured video of them.
Texas Hi-Railer (West Texas) on 2012-11-20 08:15:38.
This was a great video simply because of the subject matter on Cab Forwards. It has some great footage even for as old as some of it is and I would definitely add this DVD to my collection.
David (Adelaide, Australia) on 2011-10-26 15:07:58.
A great DVD. It is a pity that the Cabforward is not in steam and a regular runner to be able to see one of these great steam locomotives running, but at least we can view the DVD to to appreciate the era when steam ruled the railroad.
waterwild (The Old CSA) on 2010-09-30 21:30:47.
Pentrex has dismal customer service, so beware of getting any satisfaction regarding this company.
Steve (Huntsville, AL) on 2010-09-30 18:23:21.
Great DVD of one of my favorite engines.
RLI (BC, Canada) on 2010-09-30 12:54:55.
This movie is a treasure - capturing, as it does, the end of an era in railroading and preserving amazing imagery of the SP cab forward locomotives. As a native of Reno, Nevada and resident of Calif. who spent a lot of my youthful holidays in the Sierras I loved every aspect of this film - both the excellent footage of the locos and the scenery it ran through. An interesting time capsule too - it was cool to see the train leave from the Sacramento SP yards that now house the Calif. State RR Museum and all the little way stops, through magnificent Donner Pass, and into Reno (and then BACK again! on the same line). From my perspective, this DVD has it all!