Southern Pacific Cab Forward Collection DVD Train Video
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Southern Pacific Cab Forward Collection (DVD Video)
The Complete Story of SP"s Mighty 4-8-8-2 Articulated Locomotives!
For nearly 47 years, the Southern Pacific Railroad relied upon its massive AC-type steam locomotives to haul freight and passenger trains throughout California and neighboring states. Built to provide the power and flexibility demanded by the mountainous passes they traversed, these giants were constructed with their cab in front of the boiler, thus earning them the name Cab Forwards. The last Cab Forward revenue train ran in 1956, after which all but one were scrapped. From then on, film coverage of these AC-class engines was eagerly sought, hard to locate, and highly prized. Now, after years of research, Pentrex has assembled an awesome collection of footage and still images of SP AC-1s through AC-12s spanning the years 1927 to 1956.
You"ll see Cab Forwards in service on the Overland Route, the San Joaquin Line, the Sunset Route, the Coast Route, the Shasta Route, and the Modoc Line. You"ll thrill to incredible images of Cab Forwards in the snow, on grades, bridges, and scenic valleys; running with mid-train and rear-end helpers; teamed with Black Widow F-units and GS-class helpers; and in meets with other CF"s. The locomotives shown include nearly every class of Articulated Consolidation SP ever rostered: the Baldwin-built Cab Forwards and the Lima-built 3900 class AC-9s. Historic stills of the original cab forwards, the Baldwin-built MC, MM, and AM class engines, are also featured. Plus, author Dr. Bob Church and photographer Stan Kistler provide insightful insiders" views. This is the most comprehensive record of the legendary Cab Forwards ever presented on film and it belongs in every railfan"s collection!
1 Hour 30 Minutes, plus 15 Minutes Bonus Footage
In Color and Black & White, with Hi-Fi Sound and Narration
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Nate (Woodlynne, New Jersey) on 2012-08-31 14:59:10.
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Before I bought this DVD I didn't know much about the cab forwards. Now, after watching this DVD they are one of my favorite types of locomotive ever. A true classic that everyone should have in there collection of historic railroad programs.
Cabforward (Sherwood, Oregon) on 2015-03-24 09:33:13.
I enjoyed the video very much. The interviews of Bob Church and Stan Kistler throughout the video added the human element, colorful and most interesting. The only draw back was that many of the old clips were very dark and hard to see. I know that correcting this would be a very expensive task.
chris collins (fletcher north carolina) on 2014-06-24 22:05:37.
the southern pacific cab forwards are nothing that I've seen there like the up big boys but different seeing how these engines done there stuff in California makes you want to wish you got to saw theme in person lucky the saved the only surviving cab forward or kids wouldn't know what they were like but maybe one day the surviving one may run again in services for the future for special events
KingArthur on 2009-09-28 18:04:03.
For someone interested in SP's Cab Forward locos this is a good informative DVD and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
mrbirman5 on 2009-08-22 13:57:31.
If you are a steam fan at all this is terrific. Good historical background with informative background info from four famous photographers who knew the areas the film where the films were shot. A bit long winded in some instances on the experts part, but well intentioned. Rare film, particularly the AC-5s, some of lesser quality, that comes with the times. Unfortunately no live sound which was VERY rare back then. Would definitely recommend even if not an SP fan!