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Last Run of a Cab Forward Over Donner Pass - Pentrex

An Albert C. Phelps Film

One of railroading's most spectacular runs took place over the weekend of November 30, 1957 when Southern Pacific Cab Forward 4274 left Sacramento for its final journey across Donner Pass. This historic event was captured on film by Albert C. Phelps, with special photography by J. Allen Hawkins and Jacob DeVries. You'll ride in the cab of the AC-powered 10-car train as it climbs the steep grade. Special scenes include 4274's shake-down run in Roseville as it prepares for its final run, rare pacing shots of the train as it races up the Sierra Nevada foothills, and photo run-bys staged for the passengers at remote locations. This is a rare treat for all steam fans to enjoy!

DVD Special Feature:

  • Chapter Menu provides instant access to program segments.
60 Minutes
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
ISBN: 1-56342-142-9
UPC: 7-48268-00425-4

Price:$ 14.95
DVD List Price:$ 29.95
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Ships 4/19/14
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Item #:VR039-DVD
DVD Length : 1 Hour, 00 Mins
Producer:Pentrex
Aspect Ratio: Full Screen
UPC:748268004254
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC

VideoRailsFan on 2010-03-28 13:24:59.

People who found this review helpful: 1

  •  4 of 5


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.

Additional remarks by VideoRailsFan:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? I doubt it.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value: Good Value
Recommend to others? Definitely.

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Texas Hi-Railer (West Texas) on 2012-11-20 08:15:38.

  •  5 of 5


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.

Additional remarks by Texas Hi-Railer:
Narration CAN be turned off in special features.
Would kids enjoy this? Yes.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? Definitely.

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David (Adelaide, Australia) on 2011-10-26 15:07:58.

  •  4 of 5


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.

Additional remarks by David:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value: Good Value
Recommend to others? Yes.

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waterwild (The Old CSA) on 2010-09-30 21:30:47.

  •  1 of 5


Pentrex has dismal customer service, so beware of getting any satisfaction regarding this company.

Additional remarks by waterwild:
Narration: Way too much!
Would kids enjoy this? I doubt it.
Image quality: Poor.
DVD Value: Overpriced for the amount of enjoyment I got out of it.
Recommend to others? Definitely not!.

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Steve (Huntsville, AL) on 2010-09-30 18:23:21.

Great DVD of one of my favorite engines.
The DVD was put together well and described the subject well.

Additional remarks by Steve:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? Yes.

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RLI (BC, Canada) on 2010-09-30 12:54:55.

  •  4 of 5


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!

Additional remarks by RLI:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value: Good Value
Recommend to others? Definitely.

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