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FT103 The Diesel that Revolutionized Railroading in America DVD
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FT103 The Diesel that Revolutionized Railroading in America DVD Mark I Video M1FT103
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In September, 1989, the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors Corporation celebrated the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Model FT diesel-electric freight locomotive.

Mark I Video Productions was chosen by EMD to document this important milestone. FT-103 presents exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of the restoration of the original FT cab unit at the Electro-Motive facility in La Grange, Illinois.

You'll see the classic locomotive painted, lettered, and rolled out of the shop and enjoy the action as display diesels arrive for the Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration. Watch as the FT is manuevered on plant trackage for runbys and pacing scenes. Then, join us for a close-up look at the Open House featuring the 103 and many other classic diesels. A tour of the erecting shop is also included.

In addition to the restoration of the FT-103 itself, this critically-acclaimed program also presents a definitive history of EMD first-generation diesels, from motor cars to FL9s. Meticulously researched and illustrated with extremely rare archival film and photographs, this tape includes footage which has never before been released to the public.

Two Hours *DVD*
Written and Produced by Marc S. Balkin - Narrated by Tom Moran

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DVD Item#:M1FT103
Runtime:2 Hours, 00 Mins ($0.30/min)
Producer:Mark I Video
Aspect Ratio:Full Screen
Shrink Wrapped?:NO!
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC

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FT103 The Diesel that Revolutionized Railroading in America DVD
Steamboy (Revere MA US) on 2020-11-14 20:51:13.

  •  5 of 5

The first full hour of this 2 hour program shows vintage films of the Union Pacific M-10000, M-10001, CB&Q Zephyr, Boston & Maine Flying Yankee, Demonstration Units, Company films, & even Building photos of the FT. There are also More E & F units on Every Fallen Flag Railroad Like the New Haven, Rio Grande, Northern Pacific, Boston & Maine, Reading, Union Pacific, Santa Fe, Lackawanna, & more. There are also some steam scenes in regular service on the Illinois central, Grand Trunk Western, Norfolk & Western, Rio Grande, Northern Pacific, Union Pacific, & Milwaukee Road. The only piece of film during the 103's 11 month tour in 1940 was at the Hoosac tunnel on the B&M.

The second full hour of this 2 hour program was some restoration work with the FT that was later Southern 6100. There are also F units on Commuter service in Massachusetts, NY, NJ, Maryland, & Illinois. Plus a few in Canada. During the Open house there are some Special familiar diesels: BN SD40-2 7111, Monon BL-2 32, Santa Fe FP45 101, UP Centennial 6936 & SD60M 6200, Chicago & Northwestern GP7 1518 which was originally Demonstration unit 100, CN SD60F 5535, Great Northern SD45 400, Reading GP35 5513, & Indiana Harbor belt 9007. Some Stock Footage from Steamin' to LA, & Rails To Roanoke are shown. An interview with 4449 Engineer Jack Wheelihan is included. The Theme song from 2001: a Space Odyssey is shown during the door opening for the completion of the 103.

Additional remarks by Steamboy:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value: Seemed a little high, but not too bad.
Recommend to others? Yes.

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