In the pre-merger days of 1995, Southern Pacific ran a nonstop parade of trains across its Sunset Route and one of the most scenic stretches was the Lordsburg District between Tucson, Arizona and Lordsburg, New Mexico. Pentrex takes you back to that significant time, when semaphore signals still lined the mostly single-tracked route and spring wildflowers blanketed the ground.
Southern Pacific was in the middle of a major track expansion program then. You ll see the line under different phases as fifty miles of new track, several bridges, and new signals were being added. Once the construction was done, the semaphore signals came down, but we captured these historic artifacts while they were still in use.
Big time mainline railroading takes place here. You ll see hot trains and drag freights working hard across four mountain passes: Mescal, Dragoon, Raso, and Steins. These trains are headed by SD40-s, SD45T-2s, SD45s, B30-7s, even an SD45R in Kodachrome paint. Denver & Rio Grande SD40T-2s, CSX SD60s, and Cotton Belt GP60s and B40s add interest, as well as many colorful leased locomotives. Amtrak'sSunset Limited travels these rails and you ll also spot trains from Santa Fe, Union Pacific, San Pedro Southwestern, and Arizona & Eastern.
Steep grades, old coaling towers, a major construction project, and the last days of the semaphore signals on one of our favorite fallen flags make The Stormy an exciting program you re sure to enjoy!
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1 Hours 30 Minutes In Color with Hi-Fi 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: 1-56342-238-7 UPC: 7-48268-00521-3 Produced by Pentrex 1995. Released on DVD 2008
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rrvideoman on 2008-09-12 07:32:20.
People who found this review helpful: 2
4 of 5
Southern Pacific Railway, long gone, but never forgotten. This video has a nice start to it with some yard work in Tucson Arizona. We see the people working in the tower, followed by a couple switchers making up a train. Then it's off to some mainline action running at speed. It's quite a show of power. The scenic region with mountains as a backdrop and old coaling towers stand. Old towns that are all but forgotten with the trains rolling on. I think that all railfans will truly enjoy this fine video. Southern Pacific fans will especially happy with the content.
Additional remarks by rrvideoman: Narration:Just enough. Would kids enjoy this?Maybe. Image quality:Good. DVD Value:Good Value Recommend to others?Definitely.
chris collins (fletcher north carolina) on 2015-03-18 06:54:20.
People who found this review helpful: 1
5 of 5
The Stormy is an awesome dvd with a non stop parade of trains and with the old semaphore signals and it looks great in the spring without having to deal with the thunderstorms or landslides in the summer I would absolutely rate this as A MUST HAVE! for your library
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"!
I recently found this on VHS cause I could not pass up the price And I must say this video is really great if you Love Southern Pacific Railroad or wonder what it was like back in the 90's you will love The Stormy
Additional remarks by Kevin Willie: Narration:Way too much! Would kids enjoy this?Definitely! Image quality:Excellent! DVD Value:Excellent Value! Recommend to others?A "Must Have"!
Great video. great narration and picture quality. Sound quality very high, especially through my high quality headphones, the "B" brand. Will buy more DVD.s from PENTREX. They seem to be the best in my opinion.
Additional remarks by NewRailFan: Narration:Just enough. Would kids enjoy this?Maybe. Image quality:Excellent! DVD Value:Excellent Value! Recommend to others?Definitely.