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Pacific Electric Los Angeles Streetcars Combo DVD Train Video

Pacific Electric  Los Angeles Streetcars Combo DVD Train Video Pentrex REDCARS-DVD 748268004483
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The Pacific Electric Railway-once the largest interurban railway in the nation-and the unique streetcars of the Los Angeles Transit Lines exist now only in memory and on film. Two outstanding documentaries from Pentrex have been combined on one DVD to let you relive the final years of these two transportation legends.

Pacific Electric - The Twilight Years
After serving Southern California"s transportation needs for over sixty years, by the 1950s the PE"s rail passenger service had been reduced to five lines. View the last of the once-famous Hollywood cars on the Watts Local and the Big Red Cars, often referred to as "blimps," on the Long Beach, San Pedro, Bellflower, and Catalina Lines. You"ll also see memorable railfan trips, the tower cars on the four-track mainline, and the last of the "Juice Jacks" in action on Santa Monica Boulevard and at Butte Street Yard. Filmed by noted rail photographer Bruce Ward, this is an unforgettable journey to enjoy again and again. (30 minutes)

Los Angeles Streetcars - The Final Years
Los Angeles commuters fondly referred to their narrow-gauge streetcars as "Yellow Cars." We"ll take you on an end-to-end tour of the W and S lines, the last to use H-Series standard type streetcars. In 1958, the MTA took over and converted the whole system to streamlined PCC-type cars, most of which were painted two-tone green. You"ll see the entire routes of the five remaining lines: R, S, V, P and J. Then you"ll go to the Georgia Street Car House on the last day of operation and the Vernon Yard as retired cars are placed in storage. It"s a remarkable look at a memorable system. (35 minutes)

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  • Chapter Menus provide instant access to program segments.

1 Hour 5 Minutes
In Color with Hi-Fi 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: 1-56342-165-8
UPC: 7-48268-00448-3


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DVD Item#:REDCARS-DVD
Runtime:1 Hour, 05 Mins
Producer:Pentrex
Aspect Ratio:Full Screen
DVD UPC:748268004483
Shrink Wrapped?:Yes
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC

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People who found this review helpful: 3

  •  4 of 5


Two collections of vintage films makeup this video on the street railways of Los Angeles.
The first one, on the PE, is mainly of their big red and Hollywood cars that traveled to the outlying sections of LA. Most of the photography is pretty good. However, I really wished they had a section on the subway terminal which was strangely missing from this video. Some of the scenes seem to feel a bit duplicated after awhile, but most of it is fine.
The second film is on the MTA's trolley lines. Lots of PCCs as well as older equipment is seen. There's some footage of the busy intersections in downtown LA, but it didn't seem to be as good as it could have been and it's somewhat limited in scope(same intersections seen several times).
The major problem I had with this video is that if you are not familiar with the geography of Los Angeles, you are not going to understand where you are, except for maybe the downtown area. It would have been helpful if Pentrex had described each vantage point a bit more with maps, as this was quite a flat, non-descript city in many respects.



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  •  5 of 5


Wonderful DVD lots of good info and history in this DVD!

Additional remarks by Mitcho:
Narration: Could have used more.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? A "Must Have"!

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  •  5 of 5


Get the DVD for the interurban scenes, but also for the cars and street scenes. How lovely to see the models of the 50's driving about, some brand new, others just a few years old. You won't be disappointed.

Additional remarks by Robert:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? I doubt it.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? A "Must Have"!

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  •  5 of 5


Growing up with these Trolleys made this DVD both memorable and special, showing lines and footage I've never seen before, like the Bellflower Line. The quality of these films is as though it were shot a few weeks ago.
Anyone who grow up with either the Big Red Cars or the LA Yellow Cars or even the two tone green PCC's this is a Must Have DVD !!!!! Just beware, you may get depressed in seeing them being "retired" for polluting cars and buses at the conclusion and ask, what have they done?


Additional remarks by California Native:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? A "Must Have"!

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  •  4 of 5


Grrrrreat! I've shown these dvd's to my diving friends (we dive on some of the old cars that were disposed of in Santa Monica Bay) they all loved them. They really help to ID some of the artifacts we find. They also help to get my grandkids interested in our local HISTORY.

Additional remarks by J. Smith:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? Definitely.

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  •  5 of 5


I watch this twice a year. I rode the yellow and green roof streetcars with my grandparents in the late 40s. I rode the red car in late 40s early 50s. I watch these videos with my grandkids. What a nostalgia trip. If you grew up in LA at this time and road these cars its like being their again. LA was really empty in the early 50s. The Watts Towers had no home around them. Going down the LA River and down the Long Beach Line and the San Pedro Line there were NO housing tracts. It was country before the post WW2 building era. What a trip, especially for someone who lived in the area in the 40s 50s and early 60s. Great, Great, Great. Wish I could tell all the people who lived at the time we were riding!!!!!!

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

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  •  5 of 5


I had purchased these videos years ago as VHS tapes. DVD is much easier to play and store. VHS programs required 2 tapes as this fit one one DVD. Strictly for the trolley history buff.

Additional remarks by Jim Maurer:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? I doubt it.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value: Good Value
Recommend to others? Not unless they REALLY were interested in the subject matter.

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