In August of 2002, former Santa Fe steam locomotive 3751 returned to the rails for a thrilling excursion from Los Angeles to Williams, Arizona and return in honor of the NRHS 2002 National Convention. Leaving Los Angeles, the mighty 4-8-4 battled the grades of Cajon Pass before setting out across the desert to Needles, thrilling spectators with her awesome displays of steam power. The following day, the 3751 completed the trip to Williams where she prepared to head up the Grand Canyon Limited excursion. This highlight of the Convention featured the 3751 running on the Grand Canyon Railway, doubleheading and tripleheading with GCRy's own steam power! The scenic splendor of South Rim vistas framing nostalgic images of doubleheaded and tripleheaded steam on the rails - it's an incredible sight that can't be beat!
On the return trip from Williams to Los Angeles, 3751 made a rare-mileage trip over "the Peavine" and the Arizona & California Railroad via Parker. An exciting finale over Cajon and into the Los Angeles Basin winds up a magnificent steam event!
DVD Special Features:
Bonus Footage: 37 minutes of deleted scenes which are not included in the VHS version.
Two stereo soundtracks, one with the natural train sounds, the other with narration added. The viewer can switch the narration on or off at any time.
Chapter Menu provides instant access to program segments.
2 Hours (+ 37 Minutes Bonus Footage) In Color with Stereo Sound and Narration Full-screen (4x3) Format No region code; can be played in any NTSC DVD player worldwide Packaged in Sturdy Vinyl Clamshell Case ISBN: 1-56342-117-8 UPC: 7-48268-00400-1
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armchairrailfan on 2009-07-18 00:40:10.
People who found this review helpful: 3
5 of 5
After reading in a magazine that the Grand Canyon Railway had ended steam operations and placed #4960 on static display and put #29 (not seen in this video) into storage, I decided it was time to watch this older DVD again. #18 and #20 (also not seen in this video) are long gone, traded to the Mt Hood Railroad for SP&S 2-8-2 #539 (#18 has since moved again and is now running on the former DRGW line over La Veta Pass). Built by Baldwin in 1926, 3751 was Santa Fe's first 4-8-4 and the 13th of 892 Baldwin 4-8-4s, and it is the oldest surviving 4-8-4.
<p>This video covers ATSF 4-8-4 #3751 with a train of privately owned passenger cars enroute to the 2002 National Railroad Historical Society convention in Williams Arizona. The program starts out showing a few details about 3751's restoration, which was done at a former steel mill that is now the location of NASCAR's Auto Club Speedway. The highlight of the DVD is 3751 double heading and triple heading with Grand Canyon Railway steam engines #18 (former LS&I) and #4960 (former CB&Q). Also seen is an excursion behind a pair of EMD F units on the Verde Canyon Railroad. The last half hour of the video covers 3751's return trip to LA featuring some rare mileage on the former ATSF Peavine (BNSF line to Phoenix) and the Arizona and California Railroad. A highlight of this run is the high trestle over Hell Canyon at Drake AZ.
<p>Narration is plentiful. Location markers are provided for some scenes. The photography is very good, but a considerable amount of haze plagues many scenes on the first day of the run from Los Angeles to Needles CA. Note that this video was shot just a few weeks after wildfires burned much of the Cajon Pass area, closing it to railfans for a long period of time. Some scenes have wind noise that is exaggerated by the subwoofer. Considering that some of the scenes on this video can never be repeated due to the cessation of steam use by the GCRY, this DVD is a Must Have for steam fans.
Additional remarks by armchairrailfan: Narration:A little bit too much. Would kids enjoy this?Maybe. Image quality:Good. DVD Value:Excellent Value! Recommend to others?A "Must Have"!
chris collins (fletcher north carolina) on 2014-06-24 18:42:05.
People who found this review helpful: 1
5 of 5
this was a very good video I really liked seeing the 3751 back in action as well as seeing the footage of the locomotive the best part was with the 3751 with the grand canyon's 4960 and 18 with the double and triple headed run byes a new favorite video from pentrex
Additional remarks by chris collins: Narration:Just enough. Would kids enjoy this?Definitely! Image quality:Excellent! DVD Value:Seemed a little high, but not too bad. Recommend to others?A "Must Have"!