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Missouri Kansas Texas KATY DVD Pentrex KATY-DVD 748268005824
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Known popularly as the KATY (due to its "K-T" trading symbol), the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad was a major force in the development of the west, linking Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri and Salina, Kansas to the port of Galveston, Texas. Pentrex takes you back to 1988 to explore everyday operations on the KATY just prior to its takeover by Union Pacific. Starting at Dallas, Texas, we'll make our way to Kansas City, Missouri to explore the northeast portion of the line. Then we'll travel from Ft. Worth to Galveston and back to experience railroading on the southern stretch.

For the most part, KATY locomotives appear in their green and yellow paint scheme but the former red paint and some Conrail blue can also be seen. GP38s, GP39s, and GP40s make up the majority of the fleet; however, you'll also enjoy images of SD40s, SD40-2s, an ALCO RS3, and an F7A rebuilt slug. Cabooses were in use on most of these trains; you'll see them paired with an interesting mix of freight equipment. We caught riveting action on the KATY, with a wide variety of trains. Union Pacific and Burlington Northern also make an appearance, especially at the busy crossing of the Red River Bridge and at Waggoner Crossing. Highlights of the show include street running in La Grange, a ride aboard a KATY train headed for Kansas City, the clickety-clack of steel wheels on jointed rails, yard switching, and long, awesome pacing sequences. These scenes were shot over a several month period, giving you a broader view of what life was like on the KATY before it was absorbed into a new identity. A once mighty fallen flag comes back to life as you enjoy Pentrex's salute to the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad!

1 Hour
In Color with Hi-Fi Sound and Narration
Presented in Standard Definition 4x3 Format
No region code; can be played in NTSC DVD players worldwide
Packaged in Sturdy Vinyl Clamshell Case
ISBN: 1-56342-299-9
UPC: 7-48268-00582-4
Copyright Pentrex 1998, 2010

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DVD Item#:KATY-DVD
Runtime:1 Hour, 00 Mins ($0.17/min)
Producer:Pentrex
Aspect Ratio:Full Screen
DVD UPC:748268005824
Shrink Wrapped?:Yes
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC
Missouri Kansas Texas KATY DVD
chris collins (fletcher north carolina) on 2015-11-30 15:08:27.

People who found this review helpful: 4

  •  4 of 5


I bought this from pentrex's website (it was on a sale special) and I think this is a vary nice production just before the mkt or katy had merged with the up in the last year the katy was operating in 1988 if you're a fan of the mkt railroad then you'll want to get a copy of this video for your enjoyment

Additional remarks by chris collins:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value:: Fair.
Recommend to others? A "Must Have"!

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Missouri Kansas Texas KATY DVD
Mysp7377 (San Diego Ca) on 2013-08-25 02:03:01.

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  •  5 of 5


Great DVD loved it photography is excellent narration is both informative and interesting good graphics and maps everything you have come to expect from Pentrex is here. The MKT was a great road and like so many others I hated to see go this DVD has some real nice coverage of yet another classic road that got obliterated by the giant yellow "Borg".

John Schmeling
Southern Pacific/Union Pacific Railroad (Retired)

Additional remarks by Mysp7377:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? A "Must Have"!

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Missouri Kansas Texas KATY DVD
Joey (Missouri) on 2013-03-17 11:44:55.

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  •  5 of 5


I enjoy railfanning and I model railroad in HO scale. The MKT/Katy is my favorite railroad. I had this video on VHS and had no way to put it on a DVD. I found your advertisement on E-bay and I am very happy to have to have the video again. The price was great and service was fantastic! I appreciate the follow up and I am grateful for the awesome service you folks have provided. Thanks so much and God bless....

Joey Clark

Additional remarks by Joey:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Yes.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? A "Must Have"!

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Missouri Kansas Texas KATY DVD
James Moore (Huntington, WV) on 2012-11-19 21:57:01.

People who found this review helpful: 3

  •  5 of 5


It was a good video, the price was good, and it saved me from having to covert it from VHS to DVD.

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

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Missouri Kansas Texas KATY DVD
Matthew C. Halbert (San Antonio, TX) on 2012-09-12 00:55:46.

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  •  4 of 5


I own this video on VHS and I was glad to find it available now in DVD format. Considering that the film was made in 1988, I think the picture quality is quite good and the detail is very sharp. The camera is very steady and the framing of the subject is very good. This film has all the hallmarks of quality that one would expect from a Pentrex product. The sound quality is excellent with no distortion, but those Katy engineers love to blare that horn. There is plenty of footage of Katy diesels and freight trains, but it would have been nice to see more of the rail system and some of the facilities. The detail on the DVD is sharp enough to be a good reference tool for the Katy modeler. Any late era Katy railfan should enjoy this video. I only wish there was more to the video. One hour seems short, but it is an enjoyable hour.

Additional remarks by Matthew C. Halbert:
Narration: Could have used more.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value:: Fair.
Recommend to others? Definitely.

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Missouri Kansas Texas KATY DVD
rrvideoman (Delisle Saskatchewan) on 2020-03-30 13:17:59.

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  •  5 of 5


The Katy..... a very interesting railroad serving the Gulf of Mexico to the American mid-west at Kansas City & St. Louis. Taped in the late 1980's.... there are lots of Geeps 3,000hp SD units working. An alco also makes an appearance to add to the variety. And don't forget the BN & UP... they to also show themselves. All great action to be seen here on this video.

Additional remarks by rrvideoman:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? I doubt it.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? A "Must Have"!

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Missouri Kansas Texas KATY DVD
Steamboy (Revere MA US) on 2018-12-10 15:32:34.

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  •  4 of 5


In this now 30 year old videotape on an 8 year old DVD, the program starts with a 5 unit lash up on a freight. Next we took a look at the MKT headquarters in Dallas. Starting our journey from Denison to parsons, we left the yard as a 6 unit lash up lead by 368, has a blue conrail unit, and a Chicago Central unit in the middle. Of course like many mainline freight trains of the 80s, this one has a caboose on the rear. Next we are at the border bridge crossing the red river as we see a 4 unit lash up with a conrail unit entering Oklahoma. A different freight with a different conrail unit is seen from the water level. Afterwards a Burlington Northern local led by #8352 crosses the river, then Union Pacific crosses the bridge that has an unknown unit in the middle. Then another Union Pacific freight crosses the bridge in the opposite direction. Afterwards, the KATY train had 3 units with its own color. The led unit is all yellow, the middle is green and the third is black. We even see the trio of colors highballing through the unprotected crossing. At Durant Oklahoma, the color trio must wait for a Union Pacific freight to pass by. In the Durant area, a 4 unit train with a conrail unit roars through the crossing, and also through random locations down the line. At McAlester, a 4 unit freight arrives at the yard, with the MKT units and the Yellow Missouri Pacific in the middle. Note that 5032 almost has an identical question mark under the cab window. As evening falls, the additional unit is added behind the conrail unit and the train is underway. In the cab aboard one of the MKT units we pass the coal tower, then we cut to the ground level, as we are out of town. Now we are in the cab again, as we are down the line. Then we cut to trackside angles. At Eufaula, the freight blares it�s RS5T airhorn through the crossing. Next we are at Jacota, where the southbound Union Pacific freight has the right of way. Listen to the RS3L horn. After the meet, the MKT train heads down the line again through unknown locations. Next we are at Wagader Oklahoma where the MKT crosses the diamond and switches that are Union Pacific property. 2 more Union Pacific freights are included as they cross the diamonds one by one. As the MKT train inches closer to the switch, a Burlington Northern train would have to pass by. Listen carefully for what is causing 5066�s horn. The BN freight has 2 Union Pacific units in the middle as well as an unknown darker blue unit diesel. In the background as the BN freight leaves, a Union Pacific freight is waiting at the station depot. After the traffic, we are on the move again. North of the junction, the 603 heads for maize to set up coal cars before it continues on. This coal train had 2 Union Pacific units in the middle, between 603, and the coal train. After the coal is dropped of, the empty train highballs down the line. Now we are at Oswego. This time 191 powers the freight with a Chicago Central unit heading south. Listen to 191�s horn. At Welch, a meet with 603 is held there. After 191 passes through, 603 takes the single track mainline. At parsons, the 603 arrives at the yard passing by the office building. Listen carefully for the crossing bells. A brief tour of parsons yard is included. At the yard we witnessed alco RS3 number 143 that has an EMD engine in it. Slug 500 was rebuilt from an F7A. In the middle is number 99. 17 miles north of Parsons at Erie, a southbound led by 601, conrail unit 246, and 2 Missouri pacific numbers 5042 and 5045 pass through town with an empty coal train. The coal train would have to stop on a siding to let extra 366 go by. Our next scene is at Savonburg. Then the freight blares its horn through random fields. At Paola, the MKT Train crosses onto the Burlington Northern line. In the siding, a different MKT train with Yellow Missouri Pacifc units must wait for a BN mixed trailer train, that was led by orange nose unit number 3158. Once the BN freight is gone, the extra 602 clears the siding heading for its destination. While the coal train leaves the siding, a Burlington Northern freight passes by. It�s being led by numbers 8168 and 7001. Another camera crew captures the same BN & KATY trains from a different angle. At hillsdale, the same BN & Katy trains head south. On a cloudy day but soon switches to downpour in Kansas City Missouri, we see the yard office and the city skyline. This KATY freight has an F unit in the middle, as it leaves the yard. At tower 55 (now demolished) at Fort Worth Texas, we see some switching done at the yard area as we witnessed Penn Central 3112/Katy 238 preparing to go north. North of the tower, the penn Central patched train meets a southbound Chicago Central and conrail patched train heading into the yard. Next we witnessed a shot southbound at Grandview highballing at 50 mph. Afterwards we see a different coal train that is heading southbound as well this time with 602 leading the train, and it had 2 Burlington Northern units in the consist. Not to mention the caboose on the rear. At Hillsboro we see the same BN/MKT combo blaring its horns through town. At Taylor Texas, a southbound gravel train rolls by the station, and crosses the Union Pacific diamond. This one also has the caboose on the rear. Some scenes of the gravel train heading for Houston is included. At smithville, we see the gravel train passing through the yard. At La Grange Texas, there is a little bit of street running to be done as 606 blares its horn passing through the depot. Then we see the gravel train at random locations, with an extra unit added. At the north switch, there is a meet with a single unit doing some chores. At Galveston, we see some yard action, see SW units 302 and 304 on the Galveston railway, plus a look at the 1904 freight office. At Houston, we see the yard north of the town of Katy. This segment features mostly pacing 615 and 624 on a hopper train. Afterwards we are crossing the river bridge. Then it�s back to slow pacing. Now we are at a malfunctioning railroad crossing at Sealy. 615 and 624 have been cut off and we witnessed 184, 621, 629, and 603. The 603 has been cut off, as the other 3 units head for its next assignment. Back at La Grange, there is more street running action going on, and we see an example for the upcoming operation lifesaver demonstration. Afterwards there is more chasing and pacing at random locations. Next we are at smitville for a crew change. After that, we see a BN/Conrail/MKT combo northbound south of Taylor, followed by some pacing, and crossing the diamonds and switches. Next a fast freight with a 7 unit lash up is shown. Back at tower 55, a northbound leaves the yard, and a different freight with an F unit is included. A yellow unit is shown and see some cabooses in tow. Finally the video comes to a close as we witnessed a fast freight led by a yellow unit that has a Chicago Central unit on the consist.

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

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Missouri Kansas Texas KATY DVD
rmccallay (United States) on 2012-03-24 08:48:18.

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  •  3 of 5


I thought this DVD was NOT up to the standard normally presented by Pentrex! There seemed to be confusion about some of the northbound vs southbound traffic crossing the Red River, between Texas and Oklahoma. (I know for a fact, Oklahoma is north of Texas...)

In addition, there was simply just nothing interesting about the video footage.

Additional remarks by rmccallay:
Narration: Could have used more.
Would kids enjoy this? I doubt it.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value: Overpriced for the amount of enjoyment I got out of it.
Recommend to others? Not unless they REALLY were interested in the subject matter.

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