Powder River Combo DVD Train Video
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Combined here on one action-packed Combo DVD are two exciting programs bringing the thrill of railroading in Wyoming's coal country: King Coal - Powder River Rails & Mines (filmed in 2001) and Powder River Basin Coal Trains (filmed in 1992).
King Coal - Powder River Rails & Mines (90 Minutes)
In Wyoming's Powder River Basin, train after train of loaded and empty hoppers make their way across the desolate, rolling hills of the high plains. This is coal country. With production levels surpassing all other US mining areas, the numbers are staggering and that means rail traffic is at an all time high. To move these mountains of coal, the railroads rely on modern, high horsepower locomotives such as GE C44-9s and EMD SD90s to lug their heavy loads over the grades. Single track has been doubled and in some areas tripled to handle the massive volume. Rolling meets between Union Pacific and BNSF trains are common. Often several movements are visible at the same time, many with locomotives on both ends of the consist. There's even a helper district on the north end of the line. And all of these trains transport a single commodity-coal!
Have you ever wanted to visit a strip mine to see how coal is dug, hauled from the pits, and flood-loaded into moving trains? At Black Thunder mine, close-up views show just how it's done. Massive mining machines and high-density railroading are required to move this vital commodity. It's all here: intense, big-time railroading action. Experience the complete story of King Coal - Powder River Rails & Mines!
In Color with Stereo Sound and Narration
DVD Special Features:
Powder River Basin Coal Trains (90 Minutes)
Wyoming's Powder River Basin may possibly be the last great American rail frontier. In the 1970s, the Burlington Northern and the Chicago & North Western Railroads laid trackage into the new mines that were being opened to harvest the low sulfur coal that lies buried under forty percent of the state. Since then, growing numbers of coal trains have been rolling out of the Powder River Basin, headed for distribution around the world.
Pentrex captures the excitement as these heavy trains move out of the Basin. Helper engines are required to get the loaded trains over White Tail Hill and the north end of the Basin. We'll climb aboard a set of helpers as they give a 14,000-ton train a shove up the mountain.
You'll see new General Electric C40-8 locomotives, painted in a darker yellow paint scheme, as they work the coal trains of the Chicago & North Western. Burlington Northern coal trains are headed by a great mix of newer and older generation locomotives.
Heavy ballasted mainline now runs where no railroad existed twenty years earlier. The 136-pound rail is laid on concrete ties to support the weight of train after heavy train. Wyoming's wide open spaces provide a dramatic and ever-changing backdrop as we witness the non-stop action of Powder River Basin Coal Trains.
In Color with Natural Sound and Narration
DVD Special Feature:
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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E Wilcox (Ohio) on 2012-01-31 12:26:28.
People who found this review helpful: 1
This is an outstanding dvd combo packed with plenty of interesting action and inside looks into the mining and loading process.
trackside (Missouri) on 2013-11-15 10:54:58.
An excellent combo production of Pentrex quality shot a decade apart allows for visually obvious upgrades and expansion efforts in a very heavy traffic area. Unique angles cover mine operations, rail and switch maintenance, land management, coal loading and much more than trains passing grade crossings. It keeps the viewer's interest while educating at the same time. Great narratives.
Gilmer Colvard (Big Stone Gap, Virginia) on 2012-10-03 06:39:29.
Downright awesome!!! Lots of very beautiful Wyoming scenery and a lot of train action to boot. Wyoming flat and boring?! Think again partner!
RPS on 2009-08-20 03:56:16.
An interesting DVD that at 3 hours provides excellent value for money. The subject matter of the DVD is inevitably rather narrow - coal trains on a fairly short stretch of track in a desolate part of the country. There is also some repetition between the two "films" included in the DVD. But this is more than compensated by some excellent camerawork, and also by the additional information provided on the DVDs. The first has excellent graphics and helpful hints for railfans, and they both include extra material on top of train shots - a section on coal extraction in the first DVD and some material on track maintenance in the second.
Chris from Kalamazoo on 2009-06-05 09:09:30.
I was very informed from this DVD. It's very educational and entertaining. I didn't know anything about this part of coal production and this really enlightened me. Lots of great train action and the sound was excellent. kids will love this DVD and us old timers will too. I like the side shots of animals and scenery. They further add to the enjoyment. The narration is very good. Not overpowering. More like this program please!
rrvideoman on 2007-08-11 07:34:13.
# 1 favorate in my collection of the Pentrex movies.