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Rails Around the Bay Area - Amtrak ACE CalTrain BNSF Union Pacific DVD Train Video

Rails Around the Bay Area - Amtrak  ACE  CalTrain  BNSF  Union Pacific DVD Train Video Highball Productions BAYW
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The San Francisco Bay area is busy with trains! Pinole for Amtrak and UP alongside San Pablo Bay, Niles Junction for Amtrak, ACE, UP & BNSF, Jack London Square for street running Amtrak and BNSF, Franklin Canyon for BNSF, Martinez for Amtrak and UP, and Santa Clara for Cal Train, Amtrak, ACE and UP. Continuous action from around the Bay Area.


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  •  4 of 5 (5)




  

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DVD Item#:BAYW
Blu-ray Item#:BRBAY
Runtime:1 Hour, 50 Mins
Producer:Highball Productions
Aspect Ratio:Wide Screen
Shrink Wrapped?:Yes
Disc Type:DVD or BLU-RAY
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC

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  •  2 of 5


This was disappointing. Being a native of the area (though I live elsewhere now), maybe I was expecting too much. There was hardly any narrative and what there was wasn't very enlightening. (On four previews there wasn't any narrative at all, not one word, not even a sales pitch.) There were LOTS and LOTS of commuter trains. They would show a given area, e.g. street running in Oakland, CA (my home town) and then place the cameras in two, three or four locations and shoot all scenes of all trains from these. It became extremely repetitive. Many of their camera locations were adjacent to protected grade crossings and the constant clanging of the warning bells was a great distraction. At San Bruno RR station (just South of San Francisco) the narrator said that they were there so long that RR officials asked them to leave! And, that's pretty much how it was with all of their other locations in regard to time spent at each. Also at San Bruno station was an old observation car on display but in disrepair. Not a word was said about it. At another location there was an old SP steam locomotive on display and again, not a word about it. All other producers that I've seen would have had some comment about these relics� histories. I watched this in Blu Ray and the photography was excellent though.

Additional remarks by Train Buff:
Narration: Could have used more.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value:: Fair.
Recommend to others? Not unless they REALLY were interested in the subject matter.

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  •  5 of 5


For image quality you can't go wrong with Blu-Ray and this one doesn't disappoint in that regard. It is amazing for train videos. But the content and narration was a disappointment. The cost was certainly far less than making a trip there. That said I wondered why some scenes weren't shown like the Benicia Bridge, Franklin Canyon to the east, Niles Canyon, San Francisco commuter station, speeding action along the Peninsula,San Jose, yards, anything to do with the Richmond and Oakland harbors and switching and even Altamont Pass if that would fit the Bay Area scene. Maybe those locations cannot be safely or legally videoed but perhaps mention should have been made. Highball narrations grate on me nowadays even when the content is filled out pretty well by having a book it such as the Route 66 Mother Road production. Will take a closer look next time before making future Highball purchases.

Additional remarks by BELLIOTT:
Narration: Could have used more.
Would kids enjoy this? I doubt it.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value:: Fair.
Recommend to others? Not unless they REALLY were interested in the subject matter.

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  •  3 of 5


First off this route along the bay is a great rail adventure to take a train ride trip,it is a very busy area to watch trains with lots of freight as well as passenger trains,also Jack London Square in Oakland is a great place to watch trains as well as visit !!! This dvd covers all the bases and some from Niles Junction to Franklin Canyon and more!!!The picture quality is outstanding and a very relaxing and enjoyable dvd!!! Good Stuff!!! Thanks Highball more Blu-ray Please!!!!! CANT GET ENOUGH !!!!

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

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  •  5 of 5


Another job well done on this video. I give it 5 stars. Any railfan would enjoy this video.

Additional remarks by SounderFan908:
Narration: Just enough.
Narration CAN be turned off in special features.
Would kids enjoy this? Definitely!
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? A "Must Have"!

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  •  5 of 5


First of all I have to say is the image quality of this video is excellent!!!(Bluray) I personally have mixed feelings on this video, I for one am not a fan of commuter trains, and my interest is in freight trains. This video has a mix of both, almost a 50/50 mix. Most of the Diesel freight trains are Union Pacific, whereas the commuter trains are Amtrak, Caltrain. Most of the scenery is of course the Bay Area (San Fransisco), which I like. Not your typical California scenery, with desert,cactus,dirt,rocks,etc. The scenery is more rolling hills of green pastures with a mixture of small industry, along with street running. I was however impressed with the camera angles, and subject matter of this video. I also like the closeup shots of the locomotives as they rumbled by. Again I can't help but emphasize the picture quality of this video... Superb!!! I can't comment on the audio, cause my Surround system isn't hooked up. If their were any suggestions to the author of this video, it would be to offer this video in 2 different titles, one for commuter train fans, and another for freight train fans.


Additional remarks by trainman:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Good Value
Recommend to others? Not unless they REALLY were interested in the subject matter.

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Added 2015-09-12 07:44:02 by Rail Buff

"...typical California scenery, with desert, cactus, dirt, rocks, etc." As a native Californian I must take respectful exception. What you describe is limited primarily to the southeast portion of the state. Not so with the rest of the state. It gets prettier and prettier the farther north you go. This last sentence really applies to the entire west coast right up through Oregon, Washington, Canada and Alaska.