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San Diegan Surfline Steam 3751 Private Varnish Special DVD
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San Diegan Surfline Steam 3751 Private Varnish Special DVD Pentrex SAN-DVD 748268005367
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3751 Private Varnish Special
Santa Fe 3751 and 24 private cars graced the Surfline route in September 2008, running a special train dubbed The AAPRCO San Diegan from Los Angeles to San Diego and back as a highlight of the American Association of Private Railroad Car Owners annual convention, held this year in San Pedro, California. Pentrex fielded several camera crews to bring you the all excitement of this rare event!

Departing Amtrak's8th Street Yard early in the morning, the San Diegan slipped from the Metrolink River Sub onto the BNSF San Bernardino Sub for the trip to Fullerton. Following behind the 4-8-4 locomotive were three Amtrak P42 DC units and a rainbow array of 24 unique private cars, including the Observatory Dome Car. Passing through Fullerton, the train entered the Metrolink San Diego Sub and continued on its way toward the blue Pacific coast. Rolling across trestles, speeding below sand bluffs flanking the coastline, steaming past scenic lagoons, the San Diegan thrilled both riders and railfans lined up to watch its progress. After powering over the grades of Miramar Hill, the train glided into San Diego'sOld Town Station, where the power was cut out and moved to the Miramar Wye for turning, and giving its passengers plenty of time to tour the Old Town area before boarding for the trip home in the darkening twilight. Steam, smoke, echoing whistles, glorious landscapes, and a fabulous collection of vintage private varnish make this special train excursion one you ll never forget. Plus, we ve included bonus footage of a private car ride from Oakland to Los Angeles the following week as a special treat! San Diegan Surfline Steam is a ride the whole family can enjoy!

DVD Special Features:

* Chapter Menus provides instant access to program segments.

* Bonus Footage features a private car ride from Oakland to Los Angeles.

42 Minutes (Plus 25 Minutes of Bonus Footage)
In Color with Stereo Sound and Narration
Shot in High Definition and Widescreen (16x9) Format
No region code; can be played in NTSC DVD players worldwide
Packaged in Sturdy Vinyl Clamshell Case
ISBN: 1-56342-253-0
UPC: 7-48268-00536-7
Produced by Pentrex 2008

TVD Price:$ 23.95
List Price:$ 29.95
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Aspect Ratio:Wide Screen
DVD UPC:748268005367
Shrink Wrapped?:Yes
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC
San Diegan Surfline Steam 3751 Private Varnish Special DVD
Ed (Philadelphia area) on 2010-09-30 16:04:51.

People who found this review helpful: 2

  •  1 of 5

For a trip on the surfline, the amount of surf shone is almost zero. The surf shone is on the jacket only, which seems like false advertising. Why you would waste the opportunity to show this beautiful locomotive running along the beach, is beyond my comprehension. There are so few places in the world where a train runs along the beach, and especially a steam train, that it seems almost criminal to do a video on that route with no beach scenes. What were they thinking?

Additional remarks by Ed:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? I doubt it.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Overpriced for the amount of enjoyment I got out of it.
Recommend to others? Definitely not!.

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San Diegan Surfline Steam 3751 Private Varnish Special DVD
HUGH DEFINITION on 2009-08-19 12:29:32.

People who found this review helpful: 2

  •  5 of 5

Since I chased this train all the way to San Diego, and I have watched a number of videos from this trip, I thought this show really came out on top. There was a slight pulsating look when the train power started to go to the wye, but I get that a lot with those Hollywood videos so you get used to it. Whoever captured that KICKASS shot of the train climbing Miramar hill did the best job of them all!! If I can give some advice, please don't advertise high definition when the show is on standard DVD's. There is no way to get 1080 lines of resolution on a regular DVD. In fact, I wish Pentrex would come out with BLURAY. Then we can truly enjoy the full HI DEF experience!

Additional remarks by HUGH DEFINITION:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Definitely!
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value: Good Value
Recommend to others? A "Must Have"!

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San Diegan Surfline Steam 3751 Private Varnish Special DVD
Jeffrey Ornstein on 2008-12-25 19:38:18.

People who found this review helpful: 1

  •  3 of 5

It looks like Pentrex missed the mark with video. I really wanted to like this dvd, but like the previous release, this one also suffers from absolutely awful camera work. Some of it looks like it was shot from a cell phone. Either that, or the camera people hired by Pentrex ran to the nearest Best Buy and grabbed a $49 video camera in order to shoot the event. What was most annoying? Well, most of the footage looks quite pixelated and not very sharp. This is most apparent if you will be watching it on a tv that is in the 42"+ range. There are a couple of scenes that look ok, but that is the exception, not the norm. The next problem encountered was a horrible pulsating digital pattern on the dvd. It made it nearly unwatchable. Very painful to look at! I actually thought maybe there was something wrong with the dvd player in my home theater, but I then tried the dvd on another tv using another dvd player, and the same phenomenon occurred. I also have to question why Pentrex stood where they did to shoot the train at certain points. At one station, they are standing away from the platform, on the street, while they film the train with some railfans right in front of the camera. They're at the fence filming the train, so why isn't Pentrex doing that as well?...and it's not really crowded at all at that spot. As for the second part of the program, I started to watch it, but stopped in the middle as didn't catch my interest. This really did look like a great event, and the passenger cars are really great to look at - but many of the shots are so blurry and out of focus that you simply cannot enjoy it as you should. Pentrex, please improve your widescreen camera work for the next project!

Additional remarks by Jeffrey Ornstein:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Poor.
DVD Value:: Fair.
Recommend to others? Not unless they REALLY were interested in the subject matter.

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San Diegan Surfline Steam 3751 Private Varnish Special DVD
Steamboy (Revere MA US) on 2016-08-17 13:23:20.

  •  3 of 5

Couple months after "Above 3751 to San Diego" was made, a special sequel was made to honor the oldest operating northern's second excursion on the San Diego surfline, but with more Narration than the previous visit.

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? Yes.

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