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Soldier Summit Assault

Soldier Summit Assault
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At 7,440 feet, the crest of the Wasatch Plateau in Utah is the fifth highest railroad pass on a US transcontinental mainline. It was the highest point for the former Denver & Rio Grande in Utah. Assaulting the steep grades of Soldier Summit takes brute force horsepower. Many trains require both mid-train and rear end helpers. In 2000, when this show was recorded, the diesels of the Rio Grande, Southern Pacific, and Union Pacific worked together to muscle trains over the pass.

Union Pacific runs here now, but the Utah Railway and BNSF have traffic rights and Amtrak'sCalifornia Zephyr runs two trains a day. Classic black and orange Rio Grande SD40T-2s are seen in daily use as helpers on UP'scoal trains, and on the famous "trash train." During this time, the Utah Railway'sfleet of SD40s was joined by six MK5000s and five Australian-built SD50s. UP'sE-units and a C&NW Dash 8 also make an appearance.

Watch as extra power is cut into the trains at Helper for the push up the hill. The descent sees the line change direction 180 degrees at the Gilluly Loops, before continuing west to Provo. Coal is a major commodity here, and you ll visit UR coal loading facilities. The red rocks of Utah and snow-capped mountains, the famous formations of Castle Gate, the horseshoe curves at Gilluly, and the slide area at Thistle create a spectacular display. This detailed look at UP'sProvo Subdivision offers everything to interest and entertain: rare motive power, challenging terrain, a variety of trains, and fantastic scenery!

DVD Special Feature:

* Chapter Menus provides instant access to program segments.

* Special Audio Feature provides the option of watching the program with or without narration.

1 Hour 28 Minutes
In Color with Stereo Sound and Narration
Full-screen (4x3) Format
No region code; can be played in NTSC DVD players worldwide
Packaged in Sturdy Vinyl Clamshell Case
ISBN: 1-56342-242-5
UPC: 7-48268-00525-1
Produced by Pentrex 2008


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Item #:SOLS-DVD
DVD Length : 1 Hour, 28 Mins
Producer:Pentrex
Aspect Ratio: Full Screen
UPC:748268005251
Shrink Wrapped?:Yes
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC

trackside (Missouri) on 2014-06-30 20:13:43.

  •  5 of 5


A homerun from Pentrex. Clear images, great scenery and unique angles capture the grandeur of the mountains and heavy tonnage slithering through passes. Almost all trains include mid and rear end helpers. Interesting to see the coal mines and power plants embedded in the mountain passes. A variety of engines from other countries add flavor to the lash-ups. Several railroads appear on these mountain rails adding to the diversity.

Additional remarks by trackside:
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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mySP7377 (San Diego, CA) on 2014-02-13 13:43:19.

  •  5 of 5


A great DVD, nicley filmed narrated and presented in the format Pentrex has come to be know for. Filmed in 2000 there's plenty of great viewing of classic EMD and GE power. Utah railway puts on a great showing with there classic SD40's mixed with their then new MK 5000s and SD60's built for Australia, the DVD gives a good explanation of the differences between the Australian SD60s and the American ones, the Rio Grande tunnel motors probably steal the show with as many as six at a time in helper service on coal and freight trains, through in some BNSF run throughs and UP trains and you can't beat this show. Definitely a "Must have.

John S
SP/UP (Retired)

Additional remarks by mySP7377:
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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hueycrewman on 2010-05-21 16:06:04.

  •  5 of 5


This DVD lives up to expectations of a Pentrex product. It exceeds the quality of a rival companies product by a huge margin and is more informative. I would have liked more views of the Castle Gate area itself. Highly recommended.

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

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train-nut on 2010-03-16 21:03:30.

  •  4 of 5


This area of our country is a site to behold, and what better way then along side the tracks!!!!! If you like mountain railroading, mixed power consists and lots of coal trains then this DVD is for you!! Also there is plenty of Amtrak passenger action as well! With this DVD you will see helpers being added at Helper Utah and push hard on all kinds of trains!!! And on Utah Railway those unique Morrison Knudsen MK5000 engines give you a up close look at a different kind of power! All said a great video from a great part of our country!!! Good job Pentrex excellent video!!!!!

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

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big mike on 2009-02-03 11:47:55.

  •  5 of 5


Great video. The location is great.I loved seeing the Tunnel motors in their home area.I could sit at Helper,Utah all day and watch the trains go by,UP,SF,BN and not enjoy the action.This video shows all the great spots to sit and watch trains.

Additional remarks by big mike:
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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