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#1

America By Rail -The Heartland - Greg Scholl Video Productions
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America By Rail -The Heartland - Greg Scholl Video Productions

This Telly Award-winning video is an outstanding cross country journey aboard Amtrak from Washington, D.C. to San Francisco, California. Aboard the Capitol Limited we travel to Chicago, then continue westward on the California Zephyr. The scenery is ever changing, and most magnificent through the Colorado Rockies as we see views from on the train, inside the Cab, and trackside through this area. With specially composed music by Michael Lynch the journey on Amtrak is a treat to enjoy. However, this is not all. In addition to the Amtrak trip, we stop along the way and visit no less than 12 different railroad excursions with both steam and diesel trains. They include: The Strasburg Railroad, The Potomac Eagle Excursion, The Western Maryland ...more

Lloyd's Comments:

This was one of my earliest Railroad movie purchases. Washington to Chicago to San Francisco on Amtrak, with many shortline Tourist Railroads in between. Simply put - your on board in this movie. You can feel the excitement of being on a long distance Passenger train. At trackside at places like Moffat Tunnel, or in the Cab of a Genesis as the trip goes along, the movie is facinating from start to finish. Over 9 years, and my family still enjoys it when I play this movie. Whether on the Amtrak or Potamac Eagle or on a trolly in Iowa, Ohio Central, etc... Also tours of Washington & Chicago's Union Stations. This movie is based for the Tourist in all of us, but is mainline action at it's finest. Only note that maybe not quite to every person's taste is some of the music accompliment that goes along with the narration.


#2

Powder River Combo DVD
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Powder River Combo DVD

Combined here on one action-packed Combo DVD are two exciting programs bringing the thrill of railroading in Wyoming's coal country: King Coal - Powder River Rails & Mines (filmed in 2001) and Powder River Basin Coal Trains (filmed in 1992).King Coal - Powder River Rails & Mines (90 Minutes)In Wyoming's Powder River Basin, train after train of loaded and empty hoppers make their way across the desolate, rolling hills of the high plains. This is coal country. With production levels surpassing all other US mining areas, the numbers are staggering and that means rail traffic is at an all time high. To move these mountains of coal, the railroads rely on modern, high horsepower locomotives ...more

Lloyd's Comments:

# 1 favorate in my collection of the Pentrex movies. The operations of coal hauling at it's finest. A excellent movie throughout the entire line in Powder River. This movie is enhanced with the fact that 2 time frames are covered, and there is a tour of a large mining operation. Pentrex adds to the movie by covering the post mining activities of a mined region (the land recovery). It's the best movie I've seen on the Powder River basin activities.


#3

Imperial Valley Sugar Beet Trains on DVD
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Imperial Valley Sugar Beet Trains on DVD

The Ending of An EraIn the early hours of July 17, 1993, Southern Pacific"s last sugar beet train from the Imperial Valley pulled into the station at Guadalupe, California. The nearby sugar mill would soon be shut down after nearly 100 years of operation and SP"s sugar beet trains, with their familiar wooden gondolas, would no longer make the run from the southeast corner of the state to the central coast. Video Rails was on hand to record this historic moment, for they were capturing the entire operation prior to the end of an era.Our journey begins in the lush farmlands of the Imperial Valley, 420 rail miles away from the Holly Sugar Mill at Betteravia. There you"ll watch as sugar beets are harvested, transported ...more

Lloyd's Comments:

A very interesting movie. Whether you are a farmer, a tourist, a rail fan, a fan of food production, etc... There is something of interest in this movie. The making of sugar is complex, and the movie producer shows all the stages from the field to the plant to the bag. Most interesting as to how everything thing is covered. Having farmed for many years, I was able to place myself in the field during the harvesting of the beets. Enjoyed seeing a Southern California cattle farm. As a railfan, watching the loading, transportation, and unloading brought the trains to life. The processing of the sugar was an eye opener. Few people realize exactly what's involved. This movie shows it all. Only note that I thought could have been added was: What happens to the left over product (the beet pulp) that is not made into sugar? (My daughter asked me at the end of the movie). There is no showing of any products leaving the plant. The beet pulp is dried down and returned to many farms as a high protien feed additive for livestock, amoungst other products that it can be made into. An excellent presentation of a topic that most people take for granted. High marks for Video Rails and Pentrex for bringing us this movie.


#4

Great American Circus & Show Trains DVD
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Great American Circus & Show Trains DVD

Years ago excited crowds would be thrilled by the appearance of a circus or a carnival train. They knew a spectacle of grand proportions was coming to town. That thrill has not completely disappeared. Here's your chance to view the last two modern circus trains and the only carnival that still travels by rail!Every year the Circus World Museum at Baraboo, Wisconsin reenacts an old-fashioned circus train. Antique circus wagons from the museum's extensive collection are loaded aboard railroad cars by traditional methods. Then vintage passenger diesels power the special train across the state to Milwaukee where these highly prized wagons, pulled by teams of powerful draft horses called "baggage stock," will star in the ...more

Lloyd's Comments:

A favorate within my home. Pentrex has done a wonderful job covering the day to day working of the Circus Trains and Carvival Train. Everything is explained from train sizes, and consist, to locations, loading and unloading in various cities, etc... Movie starts with the Historic Circus Train. Loading along with a review of much of the equipment, to traveling to Milwaukee to unloading followed by the Circus Parade. Highly recommended for all Rail Video collectors to own this movie.


#5

Milwaukee Road Scrapbook D-126 Charles Smiley Presents
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Milwaukee Road Scrapbook D-126 Charles Smiley Presents

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Lloyd's Comments:

This is the finest movie I've ever seen on the history of the Milwaukee Road. Milwaukee's story is well told, along with the operations of the power supply in the mountains. Charles Smiley has done an excellent job putting together footage of the Railroad from the early days when electrification started to the final days. Included is other electric lines and competeting railroads -- NP, GN, and BA&P. Maps on the movie are very explanatory as well. For the fans of long haul electrics, this movie is an excellent purchase. Note: However, like all Charles Smiley movies, there is one area that I've noticed that is common with the productions that some viewers may not care for: There is an overlap of footage of the movies of the same road name. Even so, this is normally only 10 to 20 minutes over an entire movie that ranges 75 to 90 minutes long.


#6

Union Pacific Vintage West D-120 Charles Smiley Presents
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Union Pacific Vintage West D-120 Charles Smiley Presents

Visit 8 states, and see America's original and longest-standing line that helped build the west. Filmed by 14 different people, this material has plenty of the unexpected! Follow UP from the Harriman era to the modern times. See the phase-out of steam and the first and second generation diesels. The focal point is in the 1960 to 1980 period with the onslaught of mergers in the industry. Visit UP's new WP line for a great mix of trains. Featuring: E and F units, Early Geeps, SD24 and Uboats, DD35, DD40, U50, Turbines, Steam and More. This video will bring the viewer a good overview of the Union Pacific's rise to success from the E.H. Harriman days to the UP-MP-WP merger era. Besides the great UP action, we bring their competition into the ...more

Lloyd's Comments:

Union Pacific at it's best. Everything you want to know about the Union Pacific in one movie. Many different railroads, almost all the different diesel locomotives that appeared at one time or another on UP lines somewhere are found in this movie. BN, Rock Island, Milwaukee, SP, SF, WP, etc... The line up of UP's interesting roster is in detail from the F3's to the SD40's, to the DDA440X's, to the the U50C's. And forget the Turbines as they to make appearances. Also seen are a few Fairbank Morse engines that were being tested, but never purchased by the UP. From Chicago Illinois to Oakland, Cajon and Barstow California, it's all there. The History told is excellent, along with the maps. Photo's from the early construction and Steam engines, to the people who made the UP what it is today. Scenes from the Salt Lake Causeway to Donner Pass, Cajon Pass and trackage rights on the then Sacramento Northern. Film footage from cabs, rear end of passenger trains and looking out the side along the trains. There are even some meets between Passenger and Freight trains. Mergers, some that did, some that did not, are explained, all leading up to what is today's Union Pacific Railroad. Near the close are scenes from the late 1980's and 90's giving that real "from start to current" feeling. This is a movie that no person will question as to why purchasing it. It's a definite favorite.


#7

Rochelle Double Track Diamonds - Greg Scholl
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Rochelle Double Track Diamonds - Greg Scholl

Our visit to Rochelle shows big-time, mainline railroading at this Illinois town west of Chicago. Its the hot mainline for Union Pacific trains headed west over the former Chicago and Northwestern Railroad, and the BNSF over the former Burlington Route toward Minneapolis and points west. With two camera crews we won't miss a single train, and in many cases you will see two shots of the same train from different positions. In addition to all the mainline freight action, we also see some track work being done on the diamonds, including some track equipment. An unexpected guest is the Loram Rail Grinder, which goes through on the Union Pacific. We contact Loram and have included some very interesting information about the Loram Rail Grinder ...more

Lloyd's Comments:

Rochelle - Truely a Railfan Hotspot, and Greg Scholl brings the Railroads in this town to life. With more that one person taping throughout the visit, the movie shows the small town way of life when Railroads are so prominent and a few "u-turns" to avoid the trains. There are plenty of Railrod names including CSX and a Canadian National zebra passing by, along with some older Cascade greens from the BN days. Don't forget the Loran Rail Grinder which also makes an appearance. There is also a trip west of town to Global 3 as it was nearing completion. The movie is well narrated. Greg Scholl adds to the movie with a visit from "yesterday" as he takes the viewer back 10 years to "before the Park days". Add in some Chicago and Northwestern mainline service.


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