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With its rocky cliffs, constantly twisting curves, plentiful tunnels, and lengthy trestles, the Feather River Canyon has long been a popular destination for railfans. Traveling through the Feather River Canyon today is as challenging as it was when Western Pacific opened it in 1909. The threat of rock and mudslides and the difficulty of access still test a railroad's mettle with every train it sends through the canyon.
Pentrex visited the Feather River Canyon in 1991 to produce "Union Pacific's Feather River Route." We returned to the Feather River Canyon in 2009 and again in 2011 to record modern operations over this scenic yet difficult territory. Starting in Oroville, we worked our way into the town of Portola, 113 track miles to the east. On the way, we captured great action, from ore and grain trains to mixed manifests and even doublestack service just prior to its permanent rerouting over Donner. You'll see an abundance of the newest SD70 ACe and GEVO locomotives as well as older power in the form of SD70Ms, Dash 9s, Dash 8s, plus a few surviving units from the SP era. Some of the most impressive trestles in the West are featured, including Pulga, Tobin, and the mighty Keddie Wye. You'll even visit the Quincy Railroad and the Western Pacific Railroad Museum in Portola. The variety of freight you'll witness is as impressive as the canyon these trains pass through. The Feather River Canyon is a place well worth revisiting!
DVD Special Features:
Chapter Menus provide instant access to program segments.
1 Hour 28 Minutes
In Color with Hi-Fi Sound and Narration
Presented in Widescreen Standard Definition Format
No region code; can be played in NTSC DVD players worldwide
Packaged in Sturdy Vinyl Clamshell Case
Copyright Pentrex 2012
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|Runtime:||1 Hour, 28 Mins|
|Aspect Ratio:||Wide Screen|
|Region Code:||0 Worldwide NTSC|
TomJ (Kentucky) on 2012-11-20 12:50:03.
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I was terribly disappointed with this DVD. I had come to expect top quality from Pentrex but this particular DVD does not live up to the Pentrex name.
I watched this video on my 46" HD LCD television and also on my 19" HD computer monitor. The poor image quality was the same with either viewing platform. The roof lines of the rail cars, the raised ribs on the tops of the boxcars, and everything else that in real life was a straight line came through as a blurry, sizzling mass of pixels.
I thought that this video having been shot in wide screen format might mean that the most modern video equipment and the latest technology would have been used. Apparently that was not the case.
I hate to have to submit such a negative review for one of my all time favorite RR video producers but I think my fellow railfans need to be forewarned about this video. This one is not up to Pentrex standards!
Additional remarks by TomJ:
Narration: Just enough.
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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Added 2012-11-23 15:56:37 by TomJ
I forgot to even mention that the color in this video is over-saturated.
There is no sense commenting on the content of the video when the image quality is so poor. The poor video quality makes everything else irrelevant. It would be like saying "Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, did you enjoy the play?"
Added 2012-12-23 14:05:45 by Railfan East
Looked pretty darn good on my 50" set. Sure your TV/DVD combo is set up properly?
Added 2012-12-27 05:46:53 by TomJ
Well, Railfan, I watched the video on my HD TV and also on my computer. The image quality and color presentation were the same. I offered to send my copy back to Pentrex and let them check it out but they showed no interest in doing that.
I'm a big Pentrex fan and would love to think that my copy is somehow not represntative.
I'm glad you are happy with your copy.
Hugh Definition on 2014-11-17 17:47:04.
I thought this was an EXCELLENT show. Very well put together with some unusual locations covered keeping me on the edge of my seat. What a fascinating canyon. Chalk up another winning show for Pentrex!!
Additional remarks by Hugh Definition:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Definitely!
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? A "Must Have"!
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