In April 2009, Union Pacific sent its goodwill ambassador, steam locomotive 844, on a 32-day excursion to help celebrate several Western railroading events. Leading its handsome, matched set of vintage passenger cars, the venerable 4-8-4 powered its train over Donner Pass on the westbound leg of its Western Heritage Tour from Cheyenne, Wyoming to California'sBay Area, and through the Feather River Canyon on the eastbound trek home, encountering both sparkling blue skies and snow storms during its journey. Pentrex joined the train in Nevada to bring you the excitement of both mountain crossings as the train made its way to the City of Roseville Centennial and the Western Pacific Centennial at Portola.
Gorgeous weather just outside Elko, Nevada, turns into a spring snowstorm as the train works its way toward Donner Pass. You ll see incredible images of steam clouds billowing against falling snow. While at Elko, you ll spot a WP GP-9 on display. After the big Northern is serviced at Winnemucca, it heads out to Sparks where Heritage Units 1996 and 1983 will join it for the trip over Donner. An exciting pacing sequence along Highway 80 and a majestic shot of the train crossing Donner highlight the run to Roseville. Included among the treats in store for you on the return trip to Portola and through the Feather River Canyon are images captured at Milepost 191.6, Oroville, the horseshoe curve at James, Portola, and more. Lots of traffic covers these rails so you ll also see UP freights, SW1200 switching on the Quincy Railroad, a rail grinder, a westbound BNSF freight coming off the Highline at Keddie Wye, and a stack train at Williams Loop. But the star of this show is UP 844, the oldest steam locomotive in continual service, a powerhouse testament to the glory days of steam, and the pride of the Union Pacific as it leads the UP 844 Western Heritage Tour!
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45 Minutes In Color with Stereo Sound and Narration Presented in High Definition 16x9 Format No region code; can be played in NTSC DVD players worldwide Packaged in Sturdy Vinyl Clamshell Case ISBN: 1-56342-263-8 UPC: 7-48268-00546-6 Copyright Pentrex 2009
First off this Pentrex video is incomplete!!!This western heritage tour had a lot of the trip missing!!The high definition video is excellent, but locations like Oakland, Stockton and others were left out!!! Pentrex is known for excellent coverage, but with this one I am afraid this one is incomplete!!!Very little coverage of the complete event does not tell a good enough story to call this the western heritage tour?? This program shows the same old rehashed locations, but the only nod i give this one is the quality of the video!! Sorry pentrex thumbs down on this one!!!
Additional remarks by trainnut: Narration:Just enough. Would kids enjoy this?Yes. Image quality:Excellent! DVD Value::Fair. Recommend to others?Not unless they REALLY were interested in the subject matter.
I'm the one who shot this video. Despite my objections, I was ordered to chase the 844 in Nevada and California by myself. Perhaps 2 or 3 cameramen would have helped the show. I can only do so much on my own but I tried to do the best I could given the somewhat limited resources that were available to me. The first scene west of Elko going west was the most difficult to get as I almost wrecked the car in the snow just to get that shot with seconds to spare!