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World Class HiRail Layouts Part 3 DVD
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World Class HiRail Layouts Part 3 DVD TM Books and Video HIRAIL3 780484961584
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rothers Armando and Dan Vargas created two magnificent Hi-Rail layouts. Highlights include a six-foot tall replica of El Capitan in Yosemite, scratch-built models of Grauman's Chinese Theater, Capitol Records and the most detailed model of Grand Central Terminal you'll ever see. These realistic settings provide the perfect environment for the SP Daylight, the Pennsy's Congressional, Union Pacific's streamlined passenger train headed by Alco PAs, and mixed freights headed by modern Heritage decorated diesels. Incredibly detailed scenery includes trees, mountains, and waterfalls. The Vargas brothers raise the bar for lifelike vistas and prototypical train operation.

The Ocean County Society of Model Railroaders of Long Island offer plenty of train action amidst realistic scenery in a club setting where each member contributes. We visit the National New York Central Railroad Museum in Elkhart, IN where a real Mohawk and streamlined E8 are proudly on display plus a giant U-shaped, scale-detailed, multi-level layout where up to seven trains run at one time.

If you want magnificently detailed scenery, scale trains, and museum-quality scale models - this video is most definitely for you.

Bonus - Slide Show

65 minutes

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Runtime:1 Hour, 05 Mins ($0.14/min)
Producer:TM Books and Video
Aspect Ratio:Wide Screen
DVD UPC:780484961584
Shrink Wrapped?:Yes
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC

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World Class HiRail Layouts Part 3 DVD
Steamboy (Revere MA US) on 2020-01-07 18:00:40.

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In part 3 from 2011, it starts with producer Tom McComas talking about hi-rail again, then he talks about the layout of the mount Marlboro club in San Francisco. Jeff silk has a big boy number 4014, the southern Pacific daylight number 4436 with MTH coaches, A union Pacific alco FPA4, A union Pacific SD90MAC on a doublestack, A two tone gray version of 844 from 2007, Chesapeake and Ohio 490 on the George Washington, West side lumber company shay number 8, and a southern Pacific cab forward number 4294, plus tons of custom made bridges. An interview with Armando Vargas is included. He used to have the Santa Fe F3, and the Norfolk and western J class northern. An interview with brother dan is included which contains some still images from when they were kids. Some still images of the layout itself was shown as a bonus feature. The mountains in the layout is a resemblance to Yosemite national park, which contains a ski resort, and an eelevated tramway. The layout also has a roundhouse with a turntable, A model of heritage units 1989, and 1996, plus an SP 2-10-2 on the turntable. The layout also has a carnival, and the controls are in pull-out drawers. Atlas track is used in the layout. The room is 15 by 25 feet. Building photos of The layout are shown. Other accessories on the layout includes the gantry crane, the burning switch tower, the firehouse, McDonald's, the barrel loader, the ice depot, the scratch built coal tower, and tons of tall trees. Most of the trains on the layout are West coast railroads. There are also more engines on display, such as the eastern roadnames.

The second layout in part 3 is the ocean county society of model railroaders located in Lakewood New Jersey since 1987, which is narrated by Joe stachler. An interview with club president Dennis Hodge. The trains on the layout are a Norfolk and western Y6B 2-8-8-2 number 2195 by MTH, several trollies, lionel's model of pere marquette 1225 which TM is yet to do an educational segment on that Berkshire in a future video with the real 1225 in action, and Lionel's models, diesels on conrail and Norfolk southern, the blue comet, A trackmobile on a tank train, the rock island E units, an MPC great northern 4-8-4, the NJT commuter train, and several others. A plaque for the MTH blue comet award of 2011 is shown. The layout also has a roundhouse with a turntable, wind turbines, buildings, McDonald's, Phillips 76 Gas station, and different bridges. An interview with Kevin Burkitt is shown, as well as the web pages for the layout. Plus there is an interview with Jim Sanderson, and Bud Philips. The club layout is located in a basement of an old church. This layout uses gargraves track. The room is measured at 50 feet. It also have 2 helicopters hanging from wires. Other accessories includes a coal loder, the merchandise platform, the ice depot, the Mijack crane, the dispatching station, and floodlight towers. This layout is powered by a pair of MTH Z-4000 transformers with DCS, and lionel legacy. It also has a lower subway system. A brief mention of Thomas the tank engine is heard. Which includes a pair of lionel Thomas sets with Annie and clarabel. The HO layout has a Pennsylvania Gg1, the KCS passenger train, A model of the Hoboken depot, and many industrial accessories.

The third layout in part 3 is a visit to the national NYC museum in Elkhart Indiana where it also served as a stop for Amtrak nearby. This segment is also narrated by Joe. An interview with coordinator Robin Hume is shown. There is some NS action, and other real NYC equipment on display. The museum itself also appeared in lionel nation 5. On one scene, you can barely see Joe blowing the horn on 4068. There is also a train that is made by toothpicks. Plus there is an animated demonstration of the mohawk. The new layout is U shaped measured at 24 by 24 feet. Over the years, collectors donated NYC brand items to the layout. An interview with Steven dienhart is included. He is a model railroad exhibit operator. There are also more engines and cars on the display walls. All The trains on the U shaped layout are from Lionel, MTH, atlas, and Williams. It also has bridges, buildings, and trees. Plus a water tower. All the tracks on the museum layout is atlas. The mine train is led by a 4 wheeled dockside switcher number 9990 by MTH. Some of the department 56 buildings are also in The layout, as well as a carnival with a trolley. While most of the trains on the main U shaped layout are diesels and electrics, there is also a streamlined empire state express led by a hudson. There is also an Amtrak AEM7. Construction machines by Caterpillar and John Deere are also on the layout. The layout is powered by a trio of MTH Z-4000 transformers. A basic layout in Elkhart can run 5 trains.

The fourth and final layout in part 3 is the 20th century scenic railroad which is narrated by Tom McComas. Still images from that layout can be shown at the bonus features index. The operator is Douglas lloyd. He operates the SP 4436, the western Pacific version of the California zephyr, and models of Grand central station, different bridges, Yosemite national park, A shay hauling logs, A heisler hauling passengers, and more. An interview with Dan and Armando Vargas are included. Douglas used lionel TMCC. There are also scratch built log cabins and trestles. Plus a sawmill. The animated waterfall is included. The city portion of the layout has a maroon red subway system on the elevated portion, A skating rink, lots of automobiles, plus scratch built and store bought buildings. Look carefully for king kong, and superman on The layout. The glass ceiling was modified from an European kit. Douglas can also be an artist. Behind new York is the Pacific ocean with the lighthouse, and a river with mountain cliffs. Plus a drive in movie theater. There is also a model of the Hollywood sign. This layout also has a new York central hudson and a rock island passenger train. A small 9 by 9 foot lionel layout was designed by the Smith family. On that layout there is a Santa fe F3 that ran on fastrack. It's powered by A pair of Lionel ZW transformers.

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

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