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American Railroad Collection Vols 1 & 2 Combo DVD
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American Railroad Collection Vols 1 & 2 Combo DVD Pentrex ARC12-DVD 748268003936
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Featuring Eight Rare Promotional, Training, and Safety Films Produced in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s

Here, combined on one DVD, are the first two volumes in an exciting Pentrex film collection featuring your favorite railroads of the 1950s-1970s!


  • Mo-Pac Delivers
    Missouri Pacific, 1975
    Mo-Pac demonstrates its many strengths to prospective customers in this rare promotional film. See welded rail installation, maintenance of way equipment, automated wheel shops and hump yards, dispatch center, specialized freight cars, unit trains, modern diesel locomotives, and more! (25 minutes)

  • Portrait of a Railroad
    Burlington Northern, 1973
    BN moved 100,000 cars on 126,000 miles of rail to transport food, fuel, and goods to American markets on a scale only the railroad could handle. This is a tribute to the people and equipment that could pump 2,000 freight cars a day through its classification yards. (26 minutes)

  • Switches - Hand-Brakes and YOU
    Chicago & North Western, 1974
    This detailed and instructive film in the Safe Railroading Series shows employees the right and wrong ways to handle switches and hand-brakes. Featured equipment includes ball, lever, high stand, dual control, and spring switches; plus wheel and lever hand brakes. (22 minutes)

  • TLC (Tender Loving Care)
    CN Rail, 1978
    Transporting newsprint requires special care and attention; otherwise it's easily damaged and expensive to replace, as Canadian National rail workers learn in this informative program. You'll see the skills needed to load, route, and deliver this valuable commodity just in time. (22 minutes)
  • The Freight Goes Through!
    Association of American Railroads, 1952
    Yard workers get a good look at damage prevention techniques and the effects that temperature and load have on coupling and rolling speeds. Both steam and diesel engines are featured in this AAR training film. (18 minutes)

  • The Right to Compete
    AAR, 1956
    The importance of revising Federal regulations to permit fair competition among different transportation modes is promoted in this 1950s-vintage AAR film. Featured railroads include Southern Pacific, Missouri Pacific, the Pennsy, New York Central, B&O, Santa Fe, Nickel Plate, Seaboard Air Line, and more. (14 minutes)

  • New Directions in Modern Railroading
    AAR, 1966
    The AAR demonstrates how new developments are bringing traffic back to the rails. See welded rail, tunnel expansion, electronic communications, special-purpose freight cars, just-in-time delivery, piggyback and containers, grain and coal unit trains, and passenger transportation on the GN, UP, SP, PRR, SOU, NP, ATSF, NYC, C&NW, ACL, and others. Narrated by Chet Huntley. (28 minutes)

  • The Right Track
    AAR, 1967
    Kids (and adults, too!) learn lessons in safety in this timeless film featuring the New York Central. What seems like fun can have deadly results when trains are involved! (16 minutes)
DVD Special Feature:
  • Chapter Menus provide instant access to program segments.

2 Hours 51 Minutes
In Color with Original Sound Track 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: 1-56342-110-0
UPC: 7-48268-00393-6

TVD Price:$ 23.95
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Runtime:2 Hours, 51 Mins ($0.14/min)
Aspect Ratio:Full Screen
DVD UPC:748268003936
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Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC
American Railroad Collection Vols 1 & 2 Combo DVD
Texas Hi-Railer (West Texas) on 2011-09-07 09:51:15.

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  •  4 of 5

This is a great DVD in my opinion. There are a few issues with the picture quality on some of the footage but, I think that's due to the age of the films being from the 60's & 70's when image technology wasn't what it is today? I found the entire DVD to be very informative however, I'm not sure children would enjoy this film as it's somewhat technical in some areas where the footage is pretty much training films for RR employees. There is definitely "More bang for the buck" with this DVD as it covers almost 3 solid hours of footage with some great old RR's who have become fallen flags, as well as some newer footage. All in all, it's a great DVD and I think most railfans would want to include this collection in their railroad library.

Additional remarks by Texas Hi-Railer:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: A little rough around the edges.
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? Definitely.

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American Railroad Collection Vols 1 & 2 Combo DVD
rrvideoman on 2009-02-10 19:58:05.

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  •  4 of 5

There is a little bit of everything in this video. Most of all, it is historical, and many of the principals from when this was filmed have not changed much today. There is a lot of educational material in this video of general interest to the rail fan. Most of the featured railroads are Fallen Flags which adds to the history of it. Basically, 8 short films, on one disc, in less than 3 hours, with lots of entertainment. I think most viewers will really enjoy this collection of videos that are not common to the general market. The best part is the price. You can't go wrong for a video of this length for the value of it.... Enjoy.

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

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