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New York Central - An Insiders View Combo DVD Train Video

New York Central - An Insiders View Combo DVD Train Video Pentrex NYCENT-DVD 748268005817
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Featuring NYC, An Insider's View and NYC - The Beach Collection

The New York Central of the 1940s was a mighty railroad with a never-ending parade of freight and passenger trains making their way along the well maintained tracks of the Water Level Route. Into this world stepped cinematographer Fred Beach. Hired by the NYC to produce a number of public relations and employee training films, Mr. Beach went trackside between 1941 and 1954 to record the many activities of this iconic railroad. Pentrex released two videos in 1993 that feature Fred Beach's work, including many films that were not previously released to the public. Both videos have been combined here for your enjoyment. Included on this disc are:

NYC, An Insider's View. We begin our journey with black and white footage taken during World War II, when the powerful Hudsons were still the pride of the fleet. Then we move forward in time to the early diesel era with all color footage. Crack passenger limiteds, local commuter trains, and plenty of freight action are all found in abundance as we journey along the NYC's mainline between Harmon and Buffalo, New York. We also visit the Harmon roundhouse and watch as steam locomotives are serviced between runs. Our tour demonstrates fully what made the NYC such an impressive entity: famous locomotives, sleek passenger trains, efficient operations, beautiful surroundings, and nonstop action!

NYC, The Beach Collection. Three popular New York Central films produced for the railroad by Fred Beach are presented here: The Freight Yard, The Steam Locomotive, and The Railroad Signal. Interspersed with them are fascinating commentaries by Mr. Beach in which he explains how and why the films were produced. Here is your opportunity to gain a rare insight into the history of these influential films and enjoy a personal conversation with the railroad filmmaker who made history.

1 Hour 55 Minutes
In B&W and Color with Hi-Fi Sound and Narration
Presented in Standard Definition 4x3 Format
No region code; can be played in NTSC DVD players worldwide
Packaged in Sturdy Vinyl Clamshell Case
ISBN: 1-56342-298-0
UPC: 7-48268-00581-7
Copyright Pentrex 1993, 2010

TVD Price:$ 24.95
List Price:$ 29.95
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Runtime:1 Hour, 55 Mins
Aspect Ratio:Full Screen
DVD UPC:748268005817
Shrink Wrapped?:Yes
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC

(England UK) on .

  •  3 of 5

Apologise! In my review of this DVD I said that there were not many three quarter views of Steam Locomotives. Let me qualify that statement. There are in the black and white photography section where some locos are standing still or moving slowly. In the colour section the views are of locos moving fast (on the fly)

Additional remarks by Drifterfranc:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value: Seemed a little high, but not too bad.
Recommend to others? Yes.

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(England) on .

  •  3 of 5

This DVD is Ok! It gives good info in colour about train NYC Consists but does not give a lot of three quarter close up views of Steam Locomotives. The scenic views of the Hudson River Valley would be helpful to Modellers these being in colour as well. There are a number of overhead views of Steam Locos if that's what is required by the Buyer.

Additional remarks by Franc:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? I doubt it.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value: Seemed a little high, but not too bad.
Recommend to others? Not unless they REALLY were interested in the subject matter.

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