Vintage Workhorses Enjoy the sights and sounds of 40-year old GP9, SD7, and SD9 diesel locomotives moving freight over Southern Pacific's Central California mainlines and branchlines in the 1990s. Nicknamed "Geeps" and "Cadillacs," these engines revolutionized American railroading when they were introduced by EMD in the 1950s. Their popularity among the railroads was due to their efficiency, ease of maintenance, and operational flexibility. However, old age and hard work caught up to the engines during the 1970s and 1980s, and the majority of them were retired by almost all Class 1 railroads.
Incredibly, Southern Pacific was still relying on the venerable workhorses in the spring of 1994 when Pentrex captured them on video. You'll visit SP's Fresno Line between Bakersfield and Sacramento to view the endangered diesels in action. Watch from trackside as solid sets of Geeps and Cadillacs work hard along the mainline on the Roseville-to-Fresno Local, and catch the Lodi Local as it travels over the Ione Branch out of Galt. Then ride in the cab of Geep #3742 for a thrilling return trip downgrade to the mainline at Galt. This is a fantastic opportunity to witness classic SP diesel locomotives in operation!
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53 Minutes In Color with Stereo Sound and Narration Presented in Standard Definition 4x3 Format No region code; can be played in NTSC DVD players worldwide Packaged in Sturdy Vinyl Clamshell Case ISBN: 1-56342-265-4 UPC: 7-48268-00548-0 Copyright Pentrex 1996, 2009
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rrvideoman on 2009-09-08 18:44:22.
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5 of 5
Here is a classic for all the rail fans. Vintage Geep's and Cadillacs at their finest, operating in the 1990's. Local and long freights alike, mainline and branchlines, we see it all in Central California. These high nose engines bring back many memories from days gone by, sitting along the tracks waiting for the "big trains of the day". Throw in a few more modern, larger freights on mainlines, and we see all we can hope for. For the scenery lovers, there is also plenty, as much of the region passes through some excellent fruit and vegetable country.
A find work of art in video that will be a favorate for years to come.
Additional remarks by rrvideoman: 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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4 of 5
Agree wholeheartedly with other reviewers. Of course being a fan of SP helps (I used to work for SP) What impressed me was the clarity of the video. While this is a DVD it has almost the quality of a Blue Ray video. Also the videographer was blessed by good weather which undoubtedly helped.
Additional remarks by Rail Buff: Narration:Just enough. Would kids enjoy this?Maybe. Image quality:Good. DVD Value:Good Value Recommend to others?Yes.
An extremely interesting video if one likes classic EMD diesel locomotives. For being filmed in the 1990's the picture and audio quality is surprisingly crisp. The only downside is the occasional technical errors made by the narrator.
Overall an indispensable addition to your video collection if you enjoy the late Southern Pacific and early diesel power .
Additional remarks by Ferroequus: Narration:Just enough. Would kids enjoy this?Maybe. Image quality:Good. DVD Value:Excellent Value! Recommend to others?A "Must Have"!