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Northwest Doubleheader Steam DVD
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Northwest Doubleheader Steam DVD Pentrex TAC-DVD 748268005022
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Tacoma to Everett with SP 4449 and UP 844!

On May 18 and 19, 2007, the Union Pacific 844 and Southern Pacific 4449 steam locomotives made history by doubleheading for the first time ever between Tacoma and Everett, Washington. This historic event, which was jointly run by the Union Pacific Railroad and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, was a benefit excursion on behalf of the Barriger Library of the University of Missouri at St. Louis and the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation.

Pentrex was on hand to capture the excitement created by Friday's private excursion to and from Tacoma and Everett as well as Saturday's round-trip public excursion, the Puget Sound Steam Special. We also followed the engines on their doubleheaded return trip from Tacoma to Portland. In addition, we chased the UP 844 on its way back home, capturing great footage of it through the Columbia River Gorge, flashing past beautiful Multnomah Falls, and steaming over the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon.

These powerful Northern-type locomotives switched point position at Everett on both days of the Tacoma-Everett runs. You'll have ample opportunity to see each of them looking great and leading the train of matched Armour yellow UP cars. Cool, overcast weather only served to make their billowing clouds of steam and smoke even more dramatic! The spectacular scenery along the Puget Sound created a perfect backdrop for great steam action. You'll see the locomotives thundering across Salmon Bay Bridge, rolling through Sunnyside Beach and Harbor View Parks, and racing along the flowing curves of the Sound.

The line between Tacoma and Everett is a busy doubletrack mainline owned by BNSF with UP trackage rights. This allowed us to see interesting motive power, such as SD40-2s, heading a variety of freight trains there, as well as on the trip from Tacoma to Portland and through the Columbia River Gorge.

DVD Special Feature:

* Bonus Footage 50 minutes of great freight action
* Chapter Menus provides instant access to program segments.
* Special Audio Feature provides the option of watching the program with or without narration
Approximately 1 Hour 45 Minutes

In Color with Stereo Sound and Narration
Widescreen (16x9) Format No region code; can be played in any NTSC DVD player worldwide
Packaged in Sturdy Vinyl Clamshell Case
ISBN: 1-56342-219-0
UPC: 7-48268-00502-5
Produced by Pentrex 2007

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Runtime:1 Hour, 45 Mins ($0.23/min)
Aspect Ratio:Wide Screen
DVD UPC:748268005022
Shrink Wrapped?:Yes
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC
Northwest Doubleheader Steam DVD
savanna on 2008-06-24 14:24:00.

People who found this review helpful: 1

  •  4 of 5

NW Doubleheader Steam DVD is beautiful for crispness and colors and scenes of steam in the beautiful Pacific Northwest scenery.

However, I don't recommend this too highly because it can get very boring. There are some wonderful angles but basically the train runs by the camera or it's a longer far shot. There's no pacing shots, not any closeups worth mentioning toward the rod or smokestacks, no helicopter shots, etc. The shots are just the train running by the camera. I am a fan of both the locos but I beg for Pentrex to be more 'intimate' with the locos, more dramatic, rather than produce more 'scenic' shots. The new Santa Fe 3751 San Diego video previewed in June 2008 looks more promising for more interesting and intimate locomotive relations with the camera.

But this NW DVD is a nice DVD if you want to see the trains and locos in beautiful scenery.

Additional remarks by savanna:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Yes.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Good Value
Recommend to others? Not unless they REALLY were interested in the subject matter.

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Northwest Doubleheader Steam DVD
spike45 on 2008-04-28 03:06:43.

People who found this review helpful: 1

  •  4 of 5

This DVD I found to have something for every train buff great steam action as well as freight action yard shots nice clear picture crisp sound one that you would watch again and again.

Additional remarks by spike45:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Yes.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? Definitely.

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Northwest Doubleheader Steam DVD
Steamboy (Revere MA US) on 2016-08-17 13:37:22.

  •  5 of 5

This was the last time pentrex would shoot 4449, and the first time 844 operated again after a 5-6 year boiler restoration from railfair '99 tragedy.

Additional remarks by Steamboy:
Narration: Just enough.
Narration CAN be turned off in special features.
Would kids enjoy this? Yes.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value:: Fair.
Recommend to others? A "Must Have"!

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