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Union Pacific Big Boy Collection DVD 4.6 of 5 (14)

Union Pacific Big Boy Collection DVD Pentrex PCBB-DVD 748268003882
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The biggest, the strongest, the grandest American steam locomotive. Only 25 were built and now - for the first time - Pentrex shares ALL 25 of the Big Boys in action in the most incredible display of steam power ever!

A recently discovered film collection of professionally photographed 35mm movie film from 1953, combined with material from the Pentrex archives, makes this new production the ultimate tribute to the Big Boy!

Pentrex is proud to bring you each one of the 25 Big Boy locomotives - numbered 4000 to 4024 - in one thrilling display.

Several of the Big Boy locomotives were featured in the September 2001 issue of Trains Magazine. Now Pentrex gives you the opportunity to experience them all!

DVD Special Features:

  • Two stereo soundtracks, one with only the 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.
95 Minutes
In Color and Black & White with Appropriate 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: 1-56342-10504
UPC: 7-48268-00388

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DVD Item#:PCBB-DVD
Runtime:1 Hour, 35 Mins
Producer:Pentrex
Aspect Ratio:Full Screen
DVD UPC:748268003882
Shrink Wrapped?:Yes
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC

(Oakland, CA) on .

People who found this review helpful: 8

  •  5 of 5


My son loves Big Boy so this is a great DVD for us!

Additional remarks by Heather Cleveland:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Definitely!
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value: Good Value
Recommend to others? Yes.

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People who found this review helpful: 6

  •  5 of 5


My Dad went crazy over this DVD! He remembered seeing the Big Boys back in the '40's after the war, also the one on the bluff next to I-80 approaching Omaha, just past the Missouri river. This brought back memories for him.

Additional remarks by Train Lover's Daughter:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Seemed a little high, but not too bad.
Recommend to others? Yes.

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(West Texas) on .

People who found this review helpful: 5

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  •  5 of 5


WOW! What an amazing DVD this is! I have never been a big fan of steam locomotives but, this DVD footage of the Big Boys has definitely changed my views on the old steam locomotives. As a railfan and model railroader, I now plan to add steam locomotives to my roster just because of this video. I'm not saying I don't like the old steam locomotives, I've just always been a diesel locomotive nut when it comes to railfanning but, wow this video has definitely given me a whole new outlook at steam railroading all together!

As for the DVD itself? This is an awesome value and I highly recommend this DVD if you're a serious railfan. The footage is old and much of it is done in B&W however, they have remastered the video really well and much of this footage has never been seen before. I would definitely call this video a "Must Have" and one you definitely want in your collection. The fact that I purchased it on sale, well that made the whole thing that much more awesome!

I highly recommend Train Video Depot also as your main source for railroad videos and no that's not a paid endorsement, lol. Thanks Sam for all you do for us railfans!


Additional remarks by Texas Hi-Railer:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Definitely!
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? A "Must Have"!

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(San Diego) on .

People who found this review helpful: 4

  •  5 of 5


If you're a diehard Big Boy fan, this is definitely a "must have", since it shows footage of every Big Boy ever made. The more casual fan, anyone who just likes watching big steam locos in action, will still find it entertaining.

Additional remarks by In-ko-pah Railroader:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? Definitely.

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People who found this review helpful: 4

  •  5 of 5


If you like old steam, this is for you. I saw one big boy in Scraton pa. What an engine.

Additional remarks by Craig La Frenier'e:
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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(Leo Younglowe) on .

People who found this review helpful: 2

  •  5 of 5


I knew a lot about the Big Boys of the Union Pacific but I still enjoyed it any thing about trains and its got my interest this is a tape or DVD for everyone one.

Additional remarks by Leo Younglowe:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value: Good Value
Recommend to others? A "Must Have"!

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  •  5 of 5


This is an impressive video. I have watched it twice in the last 24 hours and am quite pleased w/the contents.

The camera work is quite good and there are not many recycled shots (lots of fresh material). The train audio is also quite good, and the narration is basic and factual.

The DVD has an option which I want to encourage: "no narration" - I realize there are only so many ways to describe a run by and I would rather hear the train. This is a great idea and I hope it becomes a common feature.



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(fletcher north carolina) on .

People who found this review helpful: 1

  •  5 of 5


the union pacific big boys are the best locomotives that were made glad that some of them were saved but I have heard that perhaps one day one of them would run again this is pentrex's best video they've made to date

Additional remarks by chris collins:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Overpriced for the amount of enjoyment I got out of it.
Recommend to others? A "Must Have"!

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  •  4 of 5


Growing up and Living in the southeast, we mostly road the "City of Memphis," steam engines to the little town of Bruceton, TN and a little 2-6-2 I believe from there to Union City, Tn, I was only about six years old. I never saw or knew about the big boys...So you can imagine how blown away I was once seeing the J1's & Challengers on film, I couldn't get enough of them...

Additional remarks by Mr. "K":
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Seemed a little high, but not too bad.
Recommend to others? Not unless they REALLY were interested in the subject matter.

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People who found this review helpful: 1

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  •  5 of 5


Great historical information. I bought the MTH Premier model train that has the impressive detail of the Full size. Just the length if engine and tender is 34" using a 84" curve. For model trains that is HUGE Will be visiting one of the museum this summer. Also your Donner Pass DVD is a great deal and very interesting also. 3 hours and 17 minutes goes fast. My friend has that DVD. Great winter shots, not so great in real life.

Additional remarks by Ralph:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Yes.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? Yes.

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  •  3 of 5


I plan on buying the MTH premier train. The locomotive and tender is 34" long. This is a must for collectors of model trains.

Additional remarks by Ralph:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Yes.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value:: Fair.
Recommend to others? Yes.

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Added 2014-10-27 02:13:07 by Harold Bradley

I thought we were reviewing videos here, not toy trains.


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People who found this review helpful: 1

  •  4 of 5


Fantastic DVD, all my train mates want to view it.

Additional remarks by Robbo:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Yes.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? Definitely.

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  •  3 of 5


As a former Green Diamond Yrd Clerk, 1942 to 1957, I enjoyed it immensely ...I had seen a Big Boy at the 1949 Chicago Railroad Fair and was impressed...I showed it to some non-railroad friends and they thought it was great.

Additional remarks by redarrow:
Would kids enjoy this? Yes.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value:: Fair.
Recommend to others? Yes.

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(Revere MA US) on .

  •  5 of 5


In this 2001 program, we start of with an animated map from Ogden Utah to north platte Nebraska, followed by a black and white clip of 4-12-2 9031 on a freight run, then comes some color scenes of challenger 3979 in the two tone grey scheme in yard service and see sister engine 3980 that is also in the two tone scheme, then comes the since been scrapped 2-8-8-0 mallets numbers 3548 and 3528. Next we see an unidentified two tone challenger on a freight crossing the diamond. Plus some black and white films of wwii equipment being loaded on flatbeds, as well as some still images of crewmen onboard the cabs. Next we see scrapped big boy 4003 billowing brown smoke at the Cheyenne yards. Followed by some still images of the big boy being chalked with a nickname on the front of the cab, and see 4013 at the Cheyenne turntable. More black and white clips of Cheyenne are included, and see the workmen servicing some engines, and a short scene inside the department building. Some stills are shown in newspapers, and we still see a black and white shot of the roundhouse. Plus an extreme close up look of future famous survivor 4014 on Sherman hill. Plus 4000 backing out of the roundhouse. Next we see 4013 at the coal loader and see trackside action on Sherman hill, with construction on track 3 in 1953 with construction machines, and see some track workers on Sherman hill. At Harriman Wyoming, f unit 939 at the grand opening of track 3, and more action on Sherman hill continues with some black and white footage included. Initially one of the most popular vintage films last of the giants is mentioned as only a clip from the opening title is included. Now to the order of the 25 giants starting with the joe scrapped 4000. The building date of the scrapped engine was on September 5, 1941. First we see some still images of the giant, and see the giant in a black and white blizzard during 1953. Next we see it at the Cheyenne turntable, both on the roof And also inside the roundhouse. Plus on a freight shot by Hank Griffiths. We then moved on to 4001 on a fast freight,followed by some black and white stills shot by Hank in 1952, and by someone else in May 1954. Some Black And White films are included which contains a look of the driving wheels, and inside the cab of the engine. Our final shot shows 4001 whistling at Sherman Hill. Moving on to 4002, we start with a black and white still of the engine at north platte in 1950, followed by some color shots at the Cheyenne yard. Plus it goes backwards to connect its consist, and see the workmen wearing watches, plus getting inside the cab of the engine with some action on Sherman Hill, and also heading eastbound. Which is our final shot of the now scrapped giant. Moving onto 4003, we begin with black and white footages of the engine going backwards at the roundhouse right between challenger 3987, and sister engine 4010, which we will see later, plus a spin at the turntable. Next, we see some color shots of the engine at the Cheyenne yards, plus slowing down for speed limits, and more black and white scenes are on Sherman Hill which includes a scene with 4 cabooses on the rear of the train. Plus color scenes at dale junction, and also on the big cut. Back in Cheyenne, we see 4003 taking a spin on the turntable, and more freight runs continues. These next 3 segments are 3 surviving giants which includes 4004 backing at the Cheyenne roundhouse in December 1953, and also taking a spin on he turntable, that includes a head on shot heading for the cameraman. Next we see the survivor on a fast freight. Then comes the color transitions on Sherman Hill. Now here�s something rare and unexpected, 2 surviving big boys doubleheading during regular service with 4004 on the front and 4017 pushing the tender. Thankfully, 4004 is on display at Holiday park in Cheyenne not far from the passenger depot. Moving on to the next survivor 4005, we see the engine at the yard in black and white, and also on a fast uncut freight run. For color shots 4005 heads for the green river roundhouse in 1958. Then comes the black and white shots of the engine at Cheyenne. Followed by a color shot of the engine doing a wheelslip behind some help from an f unit on the front. Today 4005 is still on display at the Forney Museum in Denver. Our 3rd survivor is 4006 beginning with a color shot of a westbound leaving Cheyenne. An error is shown on top of the screen, followed by the engine�s firebox on fire at Hermosa tunnel but with dubbed sound as some silent clips without dubbed audio was shown in Greg Scholl�s Big Boys and challengers program but with music added over these silent films. Next we see 4006 in the snow during November 1956. Today the engine is on display at Kirkwood Missouri in the St. Louis area. The 4007 segment starts with something rather unusual. We are on top of the engine, and wait for 4019 to pass by. Some deleted angles from last of the giants are shown, as 4007 is moving around in Cheyenne. Next the crews are checking their watches, and see an overhead view of the engine running light. At Cheyenne we see future famous switcher Engine 4466 now at Sacramento, pushing 4007 at the washdown. Next we see a black and white shot of 4007 in 1953 during production of an NBC special with Ed Begley. 4007 is gone for scrap. The 4008 segment begins with a run on Sherman Hill, and also some fast 60mph pacing scenes. At deep cut we see the engine squeezing through. This black and white shot shows the construction of track 3. Here�s a fact: this audio during this was reused from the Southern Pacific Film Archives Volume 2 Video which was used in the Jordan Spreader segment. If you own both of these, you�ll see what your ears are saying to you. Unfortunately 4008 had since been scrapped. 4009 is backing up for the Cheyenne turntable and also taking a spin in this black and white shot, 2 different runs of the scrapped giant on the Cheyenne turntable was shown on different days, and like the other segment, a head on shot for the cameraman is included, and see a color shot of the engine at the coaling tower. Then the black and white action continues as 4009 is on a long tanker train with some mixed extras. A short comparison shot of 4009 and scrapped challenger 3940 is shown. Onto the new decade for the giants now. Beginning with 4010 at the washdown. After that we see the engine on 3 freights. Sadly 4010 was scrapped. 4011 is next and we start the segment in black and white waiting for another to go by. At the Cheyenne floodlights we see the giant leaving the yard, and battling up Sherman Hill. Sadly 4011 was scrapped but 4012 had since been saved and we see the segment in black and white at Cheyenne. Surprise surprise, this was the only UP engine to be put on display east of the Mississippi River, at Steamtown in Scranton Pennsylvania. Some color shots of the engine are shown, as well as a look inside the Cheyenne shops. Next we witnessed scrapped big boy 4013 as we are on top of the giant and see an extreme close up look at the wild wheelslips. Then comes an overused shot of 4013 at the Cheyenne shops. Next we come to a big boy where it is once on display in Pomona, but still undergoing restoration at Cheyenne is the ever popular 4014, beginning with a coal load on Sherman Hill, and inside the cab. Plus some extreme close up looks of the future famous survivor both inside the cab and also up close to the engine. Next some black and white shots are shown as many years after this program was made, the engine is still under restoration at Cheyenne and will be shown for the operating excursions with 844 and 3985. Moving onto scrap engine 4015, we see the workmen moving the tubes inside the boiler, and also taking a spin on the turntable, and also on a fast freight in both color and also in black and white. Publicly shots for the NBC special is included, as well as never shown angles of the engine at Cheyenne. Another scrapped engine 4016 is shown beginning with the black and white shot of the engine passing the water tower. Then it pauses in color, then goes to Laramie for servicing, and also heading on different freights. The next 2 segments are future famous survivors starting with 4017 at Cheyenne heading west, and also see a doubleheader with 4017 in the front and 4012 behind the tender. Today 4017 is at Green Bay Wisconsin. 4018 however, is arriving at Cheyenne at a slow speed. Then comes the engine running light heading backwards. More black and white shots are included which includes a look at Tower A, and see the head on shots of the engine in 1953. Plus backing up to collect it�s consist, and resumes it�s journey. Which includes some shots on the front of the engine. Today the engine is still on display in Texas. The 4019 segment starts with the engine at Cheyenne in black and white during 1953. Unfortunately the engine itself had since been scrapped. The color scenes show the engine it�s articulated demonstration, and on freight run. The final 5 big boys were built in 1943, starting with 4020 at Cheyenne in black and white. Some color scenes are shown at Green River, then comes the front shot with reused sound from SP film archives 2, and see it on Sherman hill. Today the engine is still gone for scrap. 4021 is in Cheyenne in black and white. That engine has also been scrapped. We also see it taking a spin on the turntable and getting really close to the cameraman. Some color shots are included as we see a female worker washing windows and see the engine on Sherman Hill. 4022 is at the Cheyenne shops in color during the winter season and also being serviced at the shops. Plus some pacing shots are also included. Then comes tower A in black and white. The engine has also since been scrapped. Next comes the final 2 engines starting with the last of the 8 surviving giants, 4023 at Brighton Wyoming, then being serviced at Cheyenne. Today the engine is still on display at Omaha. Then comes the black and white scenes. The final big boy of this video is the since been scrapped 4024 waiting for its assignment at Cheyenne then comes the action on Sherman Hill. After that a black and white cab ride of the engine is included. The SP film Archives 2 audio is used once again as we are going into hermosa tunnel. An added dubbed whistle is included for this portion of the segment. This concludes our look at all 25 of the big boys in numerical order. For the epilogue in this, clips from mighty turbines are also included, as well as the Sherman hill video in 1989. The sunset scene is interesting in this, but unfortunately, 17 out of 25 are gone for scrap. Of course 8 out of 25 survived with us today, but 4014 once used to be on display at Pomona and now it is under restoration at Cheyenne. Will a big boy ever pull a train again? Well this 2001 video says no, but 17 years after this was released, only 4014 will return to operating condition in the new decade.

Additional remarks by STEAMBOY:
Narration: Just enough.
Narration CAN be turned off in special features.
Would kids enjoy this? Yes.
Image quality: A little rough around the edges.
DVD Value: Seemed a little high, but not too bad.
Recommend to others? A "Must Have"!

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