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Abo Canyon and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway

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Abo Canyon and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway WB Video Productions WB043
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A formidable barrier confronts all trains on the BNSF's main east-west route between Chicago, Illinois and Los Angeles, California. Boasting spectacular southwestern scenery, seven majestic bridges and located between Belen and Mountainair, New Mexico....it's the rugged and remote Abo Canyon.

Captured in Abo Canyon during a fleeting window of time following the merger of the Burlington Northern and the Santa Fe, this video features a once-in-a-lifetime collection of motive power types and paint schemes. The classic Santa Fe red and silver "War Bonnets" and the Blues join Burlington Northern green. A new BNSF design reminiscent of the old Great Northern orange and green paint scheme enters the scene. See the Dash 9-44CW, Dash 8-40BW, SD40-2, SD75M and others.

With Stunning photography and hard-to-reach locations, WB Video records history. Showcasing a combination of power and paint never to be witnessed again. This is a truly unforgettable piece of American railroading. Narration by Tom Jensen.

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DVD Item#:WB043
Runtime:58 Mins ($0.39/min)
Producer:WB Video Productions
Aspect Ratio:Full Screen
Shrink Wrapped?:NO!
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC

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Abo Canyon and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway
Steamboy (Revere MA US) on 2020-03-02 18:58:21.

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  •  5 of 5


In this 1999 video, the program starts with a look at the Santa Fe depot and yard in Belen New Mexico. Belen is located at milepost 896.9. Not only is the Santa Fe in the yard, but a Burlington northern cascade green unit is shown in the background. A 3 unit power move makes a crew change. It's led by red and silver warbonet unit 614 which is a reference to the Chesapeake and Ohio greenbrier. Behind it is engine 558 and blue and yellow unit 8729. During the title card, a BNSF doublestack is shown at Becker in milepost 881.6. Here it's led by a Dash 9-44 CW. There are 2 engines on the rear. One being a warbonet, the other being a G1 unit. G1 is for great northern colors, and G2 is for the Santa Fe warbonet. At Sais near milepost 875.9, another doublestack negotiates a bend, as it's being led by 6 red and silver warbonets. At the same location, a quartet of warbonets are on a piggyback train. At bridge 1, a BNSF piggyback crosses the trench. The bridge is measured at 503 feet. On the east end of the bridge, a G2 unit leads a 3 unit mixed train. The middle unit is from Burlington northern. A 10 unit lash up with 3 pumpkins and 7 warbonets are on a piggyback. At bridge 2, a doublestack with 2 warbonets and a pumpkin cross the 402 foot long location. On its way to bridge 3, a doublestack is led by a warbonet, a G2, and BN 8116. A 4 unit trailer train crosses bridge 3 with 2 warbonets and 2 pumpkins. An SD75I is on the point of this auto train. Following behind is a 5 unit mixed train with a blue and yellow, 2 pumpkins, a warbonet, and a gray diesel are leading. On the rear is a maintenance of way machine. A quartet of Burlington northern units and a blue and yellow unit crosses over bridge 4 at Abo canyon. At the east end of bridge 4, listen carefully to the horn of Burlington northern 8086. Note the Canadian national unit on this mixed train. At the same , in the previous scene, a 4 unit container train is shown with 2 pumpkins and 2 blue and yellow units. Following behind is another 4 unit trailer train. This time it contains 2 pumpkins and 2 warbonets. Bridge 5 is in the background as it negotiates an S curve. On the east side of bridge 5, another pair of pumpkins as well as another pair of warbonets cross over the bridge. Next up is warbonet 861 leading a 4 unit doublestack. Here it crosses the West side of bridge 5. Following behind is a 4 unit doublestack with one from BN, one from HLCX, and 2 from the AT&SF. Bridges 6 and 7 are separated by the hill to the right as a 5 unit doublestack with 4 BN units and pumpkin unit 4350. Another 4 unit doublestack crosses bridge 6. It's led by 3 pumpkins and a blue and yellow unit. Following behind is a piggyback with 1 pumpkin, 2 warbonets and a gray dash 8. Moments later, a pumpkin and 2 warbonets are on a doublestack. 2 more pumpkins are on the rear as it crosses bridge 7. At milepost 871.4, 3 pumpkins and a warbonet are on a doublestack as it crosses over the last bridge at Abo canyon. A Burlington northern unit and a pumpkin are on the rear. Next another 10 unit doublestack climbs up the hill at Scholle in milepost 870.3. A pair of pumpkins cross over the bridge as it carries automobiles. At abo near milepost 862.4, a pair of pumpkins and a warbonet are on a mixed freight. Mountainair is located at milepost 854.6. Here The station still stands, as a meet is happening at the same time. Note the Burlington northern SD40-2 as it pokes through the doublestack. Moments later, 7 pumpkins, a warbonet and a BN unit are on a doublestack. A westbound doublestack is led by A pumpkin with 3 blue and yellow units, one from BN, and a gray dash 8. At the cut, a doublestack is led by A warbonet with 3 pumpkins. Note the flatbed of wheels with axles. At the same time, a meet with a mixed freight is shown led by a warbonet, a gray dash 8, and 2 blue and yellow units. Back at Scholle in milepost 870.3, a pair of warbonets lead this mixed train with a blue and yellow unit and a Burlington northern cascade green unit. Back a bridge 7, a pair of pumpkins and a pair of warbonets are on a piggyback. Following behind is a 4 unit doublestack led by one BN unit on each end with 2 blue and yellow units in the middle. Norfolk southern power is shown with a pumpkin and a warbonet on another piggyback. BN 7897 leads a 4 unit doublestack with 3 blue and yellow units. A pumpkin, 2 warbonets and a BN unit are on a doublestack with a piggyback. Next, 3 pumpkins with a BN SD40-2 are on a doublestack. At the deep cut, a warbonet with 2 pumpkins are on a doublestack. At bridge 6, a splash of pre merger and post merger units are on a mixed train. Following behind is a warbonet with 3 pumpkins are on a doublestack. More merger colors are shown on a mixed train. Following behind is a pair of pumpkins and a pair of warbonets on a piggyback. At bridge 5 listen to the horn on warbonet 724. Note the BN 9274 in the consist of this doublestack. Following behind are a trio of pumpkins on a piggyback. Next up is a doublestack with 3 warbonets and a pumpkin. Moments later, a 5 unit doublestack with 2 pumpkins, 2 warbonets and a BN unit negotiates an S curve at bridges 5 and 4. A pair of pumpkins, a warbonet, a blue and yellow unit and a BN SD40-2 are on a mixed freight. Back at bridge 3, a pumpkin and a trio of warbonets are on an auto carrier train. Listen to the horn on warbonet 8278 as it leads a pumpkin and a pair of BN SD40-2 units on a hopper train. Note the concrete ties. Following behind is a pair of warbonets with a pumpkin on a doublestack as it heads for bridge 2. Back at bridge 2, a different pair of warbonets with another pumpkin are on a doublestack. Next up is quartet of units on this tank train with hoppers. A mixed train is led by a pumpkin, a warbonet, and a blue and yellow unit. Note the caterpillar construction machines on flatbeds, as well as a pumpkin and a warbonet on the rear. Back at bridge 1 a pair of pumpkins with a warbonet B unit are on a doublestack. 2 warbonets and a trio of Burlington northern power are on a mixed train. Next a quartet of pumpkins with a warbonet are on a hopper train. Moments later, a pair of warbonets with a blue and yellow unit are on an auto train. A blue and yellow unit with a pumpkin pushes the rear of the train. The action ends at Sais in milepost 875.9,, This piggyback is led by a quartet of pumpkins. In the closing credits, a meet is shown with a fast westbound, and a slow eastbound. Note the Norfolk southern power on this 10 or 11 unit lash up.

Overall, this is an incredible program to enjoy fallen flags and foreign power on today's BNSF in New Mexico.

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

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