The majority of this footage was shot by Victor Shattock beginning with a June 1953 trip on the California Zephyr riding the dome cars from Oakland to Denver aboard the Western Pacific and D&RGW. Then its on to Chicago, and we ride the New York Central to New York, and eventually Atlantic City. Ride in the cab of a NYC E- unit along the hudson and then a NYC electric. Next we take the B&O to St. Louis and see railroads in that area. More midwest trips are seen with more visits to the St. Louis region, including many railroads from that area, where we ride and see trackside views all sorts of variety. We see gas-electrics, and a Burlington Zephyr, the Silver Charger. Also there is a brief visit to the National Museum of Transport in St. Louis early in its existence. We also see electric railways including Chicago and South Shore, and Illinois Terminal.
Next we move back to the west and ride a Santa Fe train over the Tehachapi Mountains, and eventually to the Grand Canyon. Next we see another trip over the Tehachapi mountains with a trip to Arizona on the Southern Pacific. While these are diesel trips we do see the odd steam engine on some trips during these films, but 95% of this is vintage diesels.
Later we ride the C&O from Hinton to Washington and see other railroads in that area. Next we ride the Southern to Bristol, and take the N&W to Roanoke and beyond in former Wabash dome car. The last segment was made just before Amtrak took over with a Ken Shattock trip to Chicago where we see a lot of action, including at Englewood, Illinois. Next we are in St. Paul, and ride the last North Coast Limited on the NP before Amtrak. This train is ridden to Seattle where the show ends. There are some really rare trains here, including the Missouri-Illinois Ferry operation with a steamboat connection. We counted easily 33 different railroads including the following. WP, D&RGW, CB&Q, NYC, PRR, B&O, GM&O,MP, Wabash, Rutland, Illinois Terminal, C&NW, Litchfield, Chicago & South Shore, TRRA, Alton and Southern, Katy, Nickel Plate, Frisco, Santa Fe, SP, IC, Rock Island, Erie, C&O, RF&P, SCL, Southern, N&W, GN, NP, Milwaukee, and more. There is a wealth of material here, so that anyone who likes vintage passenger trains, and early diesel power will love this show. A lot of different regions and railroads are covered in this all-color DVD shot on 8mm films Music and narration guides you along this fast- paced show.