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Americas Railroads - All Aboard: Legacy of the Iron Horse 2 DVD Set

Americas Railroads - All Aboard: Legacy of the Iron Horse 2 DVD Set Misc Producers 67705 011301677051
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America's development as an industrial power is unequivocally tied to the growth of its railroads, linking the cities and ports of our vast country with a network of iron rails that united the nation. Where the rails went, the nation grew and nothing symbolized that irresistible growth like the smoking metal giants of the age of steam. The saga of those rails unfolds through this collection of films, which offers a seldom seen look at America's Railroads at the very apex of their might. Come with us now as we visit the machines and men that built America's Steam Train Legacy. Hosted by Stephen E. Drew, Senior Curator, California State Railroad Museum.

Disc 1
The Big Trains Rolling
This classic American Association of Railroads film captures the adventure and excitement of train travel across the United States in the 1950's, highlighted by a trip aboard the Santa Fe's Super Chief. Filled with runbys of such great railroads as Western Maryland, Great Northern, Santa Fe, Southern Pacific, Baltimore & Ohio, Denver & Rio Grande Western, along with many more, Big Trains Rolling captures the American railroad industry at its zenith.

The Railroad Story
The Railroad Story is the story of Illinois, and especially Chicago, the railroad capital of the nation. Featuring runbys of many first generation diesel locomotives pulling both freight and passenger cars, the advocacy message is very straightforward; whatever hurts the railroad hurts communities as well.

Mainline USA
Following in the footsteps of industry standards, Big Trains Rolling and On The Track, Mainline USA is a glimpse into the American rail system in the post World War II boom. With a strong emphasis on the latest in technology, Mainline USA makes the point that the health of the modern railroad is a symbol of America's vitality.

A Great Railroad At Work
Sponsored by the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, A Great Railroad at Work presents a behind the scenes look at a fleet-footed freight and passenger system that combined class with clockwork service. With a good mix of diesel and steam, the operation and maintenance of both passenger and freight lines comes into sharp focus as an army of sturdy railroaders work day and night to make the railroad operate.

Fast Freight
In this AAR sponsored film, we follow the classification and makeup of a 125 car diesel freight, headed up by a 6,000 horsepower set of Baltimore & Ohio ABBA covered wagons. At a speed of 60 mph, we are told that this is the fastest freight on wheels.

Bonus Extras:
Steam Locomotives In Action:
Sherman Hill On The Union Pacific (B & W)
Norfolk & Western (B & W)

Disc 2:
This Is My Railroad
This classic film is the story of the Southern Pacific's freight and passenger services, with a strong emphasis on the men who keep the trains rolling smoothly. There are a lot of great action shots of both steam and diesel locomotives in this gem, but the real emphasis is on SP steam.

White Pass & Yukon
Built in 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush, this narrow gauge railroad out of Skagway is an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. Filmed along one of North America's most scenic railroads, this film features panoramas of mountains, glaciers, gorges, waterfalls, tunnels and trestles as the Baldwin Locomotive climbs almost 3000 feet in just 20 miles.

Narrow Gauge Train To Silverton
The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is probably the most famous of the Rocky Mountain preserved steam railroads, and runs between the two towns after which it is named, in the highly scenic San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado. The Silverton journeys through some of the most beautiful and dramatic scenery ever traversed by rail.

Troop Train
During World War II, railroads played a major role in moving supplies to the fighting front. From India and Burma to Alaska and Europe, trains kept the men and material flowing in the fight against the Axis. Filmed in 1942, Troop Train documents the logistical effort involved in moving an armored division across the United States. Action shots abound as vehicles and troops are loaded aboard and the train pulls out toward its secret destination.

Clear Track Ahead
This classic documentary covers the development of the vast Pennsylvania railroad system, often considered the standard for railway development throughout the world. From the days of steam to the modern diesel locomotive including both passenger and freight traffic, Clear Track Ahead is a special treat for all Pennsy fans.

Bonus Extras:
Iron Horse Centennial (B & W)
Steam Locomotives In Action:
The Delaware & Hudson (B & W)
B&W & Color

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DVD Item#:67705
Runtime:4 Hours, 28 Mins ($0.05/min)
Producer:Misc Producers
Aspect Ratio:Full Screen
DVD UPC:011301677051
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Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC
Americas Railroads - All Aboard: Legacy of the Iron Horse 2 DVD Set
Texas Hi-Railer (West Texas) on 2012-10-11 11:56:19.

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  •  5 of 5

This DVD is a "Must Have" if you're a serious railfan. Even though the material is dated, there is quality information and footage in this DVD that I deem priceless! If you knew nothing about railroading, you would definitely know quite a bit about the business after watching the entire set of DVD's. This is a 2 DVD set and is worth every penny. While much of the footage is old or done in B&W, there is only so much one can do with re-mastering old videos and I think the producers did a fabulous job with this footage. It covers quite a bit of information about the railroading business and you will see some motive power and rolling stock that most folks have not seen in years, if seen then with some of this stuff. I highly recommend this DVD set.

Additional remarks by Texas Hi-Railer:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? A "Must Have"!

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