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Rotaries - Avalanche on the Mountain DVD

Rotaries - Avalanche on the Mountain DVD
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One of the railroad's most important tools for battling the snows during unusually heavy Winter seasons just got re-enlisted. The Rotary Snow Plow, has been referred to as “The Hero” to the railroad for over 100 years, but has been dormant in the rail yard since 1998 waiting to be summoned for duty. March 24th, 2011 was one of the worst series of Winter storms Mother Nature has dealt in decades and the Rotary Snow Plow was called to save the mountain and the crew of a Flanger unit caught in a large avalanche.

“Rotaries - Avalanche on the Mountain” is a first-hand look behind the scenes of how man and machine worked together to save the mountain pass.

BA Productions spent 5 days on the mountain capturing some of the most epic and historical footage of the two mammoth beasts at work. Ride with the crew as they attack the West slope of the Sierra throwing snow 100’ from the tracks! Witness the bone chilling echoes of the steam whistle and the F-7 locomotive B-unit power ricocheting off mountains and canyons. See the inner workings of the Rotary components like traction motors, drive shafts and gears turning. Hear the heroic stories from the crews.

This is a rare opportunity to see extensive footage of the nostalgic beasts at work before they are completely overhauled this year and changed forever.

Rotaries Through the Avalanche from Brendan Compton on Vimeo.


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Item #:BA-ROTARYDVD
DVD Length : 1 Hour, 00 Mins
Producer:BA Productions*
Aspect Ratio: Wide Screen DVD
Shrink Wrapped?:NO!
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC

Luke on 2011-12-03 15:46:39.

People who found this review helpful: 11

  •  5 of 5


Great footage! Narratation is insightful, and had some pretty awsome shots from the cab.

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

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Robert (Overland Park KS) on 2011-12-19 13:57:55.

People who found this review helpful: 7

  •  4 of 5


From the preview the film looks like a DVD I'd really like, but the music kills it for me. I want to hear the diesels, the rotary, everything just like I was there. I purchased a DVD a few years ago with lots of music & that made it BAD. Redo it without music.


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Dave (Balaton MN) on 2011-09-10 21:15:16.

People who found this review helpful: 7

  •  5 of 5


excellent and waiting for vol 2 to come out

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

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TomJ (Kentucky) on 2011-12-17 06:48:47.

People who found this review helpful: 5

  •  5 of 5


I could not wait to get this video and when it came in I found it to be even better than I had expected it to be.

The scenery is beautiful and the subject matter is exciting. We are taken into the heart of a major snowstorm in March of 2011 that resulted in the rotaries being put into service for the first time since 1998. It was the biggest snowstorm in 30 years.

My ONLY complaint about this video is that it ends too soon. I really wish it ran longer, but if it did, I guess I would still want more.

You will NOT go wrong by buying this DVD.

Tom

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

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Robert (Moorenweis, Upper Bavaria, Germany) on 2011-12-31 03:24:13.

People who found this review helpful: 4

  •  5 of 5


Today I received the blu ray.
I put the blu ray in the player and would be very pleased.
Sometimes at the beginning of the movie it was a little bit unsharp.
For future updates of this movie it was a good idea to offer a version with orig. sound only.

But overall, it was a very good movie.
If you like RR in hard winter time it is a must have one!
Now I´m waiting for part II.

Additional remarks by Robert:
Narration: Way too much!
Would kids enjoy this? Yes.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value: Good Value
Recommend to others? A "Must Have"!

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Scott P Brown (Altoona, Pa) on 2012-11-23 10:40:01.

People who found this review helpful: 2

  •  5 of 5


This video has excellent image quality, and the editing gives you an excellent view of the UP crews' efforts in their struggle to keep Donner Pass open for traffic when nature decides otherwise!
The experience is the closest thing possible to what the men/women "on the mountain" deal with in their work!
Good narration- personable interviews, and a well thought out storyline to let the viewer understand this subject.
I doubt any railroad afficianado will be disappointed!

Additional remarks by Scott P Brown:
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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Dave (Harrisburg PA) on 2012-03-09 14:42:39.

People who found this review helpful: 2

  •  5 of 5


The best video ever made about Rotary Snowplows clearing the Donner Line...Ever...Period!

Additional remarks by Dave:
Narration: There was no narration.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? A "Must Have"!

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Ed (Contra Costa Ca.) on 2012-02-07 10:09:19.

People who found this review helpful: 2

  •  4 of 5


DVD left me hanging at the end...What happened to the derailed equipment and how that was delt with...What happened to the second rotary and how that was used etc...

Additional remarks by Ed:
Narration: Could have used more.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value:: Fair.
Recommend to others? Yes.

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Willie (Cape Cod Massachusetts USA) on 2012-01-20 16:38:01.

People who found this review helpful: 2

  •  5 of 5


The beginning really set up the drama which was more than I expected. The beginning of the video reminded me of a Weather Channel's "Storm Stories" which really says a lot about the quality of the videography. Another plus is my wife who "tolerates trains" watched it with me which speaks to the quality of the videography and story-telling.

Additional remarks by Willie:
Narration: Way too much!
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value:: Fair.
Recommend to others? Definitely.

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Kate (Northern California) on 2014-03-22 15:59:48.

People who found this review helpful: 1

  •  5 of 5


This video of a snow train getting trapped in an avalanche in the Sierras above Truckee, CA and it's subsequent rescue by the Rotary Engine and the helper snow caterpillar tractor plows is riveting. That this 81 year old (at the time of this filming) Rotary Engine (dates to 1929) could do a job that modern equipment is not even built for is fascinating and a bit disconcerting. Makes me wonder what else do we moderns miss or dismiss that previous generations prepared for. That the crew was made up of experienced and new railroad personnel was gratifying. At least critical, essential skills that are seldom used are being passed down for the time they are needed. A very good video!

Additional remarks by Kate:
Narration: Could have used more.
Would kids enjoy this? Definitely!
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value: Good Value
Recommend to others? Definitely.

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OldTrainGuy2 (Huntsville, Alabama) on 2013-02-16 16:25:06.

People who found this review helpful: 1

  •  4 of 5


This video gets off to a good start, Is well put together and presents and interesting story..... until....
it ends without a resolution to the problem. This is only half of the story. I am extremely disappointed that I must buy another DVD to view the rest of this program. I have not decided whether to purchase the additional DVD.

Additional remarks by OldTrainGuy2:
Narration: Just enough.
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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Tom (Wisconsin) on 2012-09-20 17:26:55.

People who found this review helpful: 1

  •  3 of 5


Although interesting, it was not up to their past standards of presentation.
Too much night video. I realize that the weather accounted not only for
the rotary action but limited access by the video crews. There is a Part 2
indicated. I hope it has much more daylight shots. For the first part of
Part 1, once the rotary got to where there was substantial snow, all it did
was push the snow, not blow it. Still, interesting with good narration and
first person remarks.

Additional remarks by Tom:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Yes.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Good Value
Recommend to others? Yes.

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Gloria Holman (Clinton, WA) on 2012-04-23 20:18:37.

People who found this review helpful: 1

  •  5 of 5


What a Great Movie. Never knew how tuff it was to combat snow removal on train tracks. WOW ! ! ! Really enjoyed this. also learned alot about trains and snow.

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

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Francis Smith (Sarasota, FL) on 2012-02-28 06:47:06.

People who found this review helpful: 1

  •  5 of 5


Excellent picture quality. Enjoyed the section where flash photographs by rail fans were "held". It's a lot harder to remove snow on mountain rail lines and this video certainly showed it.

Additional remarks by Francis Smith:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Yes.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Good Value
Recommend to others? A "Must Have"!

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DaveB (San Jose CA) on 2012-02-18 17:29:16.

People who found this review helpful: 1

  •  5 of 5


Nice mixture of interesting content and narration. Something besides the endless run-bys of other videos.

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

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steve (worc MA) on 2012-02-13 04:27:53.

People who found this review helpful: 1

  •  4 of 5


a good video ,good to see blowers at work.

Additional remarks by steve:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value: Good Value
Recommend to others? Yes.

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Gary (Wisconsin) on 2012-01-21 14:52:56.

People who found this review helpful: 1

  •  4 of 5


Was one of the best SNOW JOBS I'v seen, It shows what a railroad has to deal with in winter. Just EXCELLENT!

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

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dmacleo (Maine) on 2014-06-17 14:27:34.

  •  5 of 5


Loved it, part 2 is supposed to be out Fall 2014. Cannot beat the scenes of these monsters chewing through the snow.
Wish I had one as snowblowing my road takes a LOT more effort LOL

Additional remarks by dmacleo:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value: Seemed a little high, but not too bad.
Recommend to others? A "Must Have"!

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Rredneckjinx (Rio Ranchoi,NM) on 2014-03-22 13:46:26.

  •  5 of 5


Loved it and thanks for asking saw a partial of this on PBS so I had to buy it.

Additional remarks by Rredneckjinx:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value:: Fair.
Recommend to others? Definitely.

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Pam (Omaha Ne) on 2014-03-01 20:39:10.

  •  4 of 5


My husband and I really enjoyed it! I shared it with my dad who is a retired diesel mechanic. He loved it too! But we felt it ended abruptly. I have been looking for part 2.
Pam

Additional remarks by Pam:
Narration: Could have used more.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Seemed a little high, but not too bad.
Recommend to others? Yes.

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Betty (Eureka) on 2014-03-01 13:59:33.

  •  5 of 5


We seen this on TV and enjoyed it. So we ordered it for our son as a gift.

Additional remarks by Betty:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Yes.
DVD Value: Good Value
Recommend to others? Definitely.

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Tetsuota (Japan) on 2013-11-03 03:24:49.

  •  5 of 5


It's outstanding video! I've never seen like this video. high recommended.

Additional remarks by Tetsuota:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value:: Fair.
Recommend to others? Yes.

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kurt (reno) on 2013-01-28 08:37:32.

  •  5 of 5


I enjoy any movie that has sp snow plow action,good video,fun to watch

Additional remarks by kurt:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? I doubt it.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value:: Fair.
Recommend to others? Yes.

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jonathan (new mexico) on 2012-05-26 11:38:12.

  •  5 of 5


on location for part 2 of rotaries through the averlance

Additional remarks by jonathan:
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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