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Workin on the Santa Fe DVD
 4.7 of 5 (3)

Workin on the Santa Fe DVD Pentrex WOTSF-DVD 748268005299
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See zebra-striped switch engines and GP9s.
and blue & yellow F-units, GP9s, U-Boats, GP35s, SD45s, and F45s in this fantastic collection of Santa Fe training and promotional films from the 1950s and 1970s! You ll also see a welded rail train, a track geometry car, repair shows, icing docks, and much, much more. Each of the six films included in this program is a vintage gem! Here's what you'll experience in Workin' on the Santa Fe:

* Team Effort. Track repairmen learn safe handling techniques for the many tools they'll use, such as the spike maul, pick and sledge, claw bar, lining bar, rail fork, and others.

* Count the Seconds. Yard workers learn what happens when safety isn't uppermost in mind as they work around moving equipment!

* The Continuing Challenge. Santa Fe mounted a camera underneath an empty car to find out why derailments occurred on high-speed trains in 1974, with shocking results!

* Barstow: Nerve Center in the Desert. See the construction efforts that enabled Santa Fe to move 4,000 cars in and out of the "new yard at Barstow" every day.

* Pay Day. This 1950s film shows what happens when loading, locking down, coupling, and taking up slack aren't done right!

* The Argentine Yard - A Design for Tomorrow. Santa Fe's new systems process up to 3,100 cars a day, twice as many as before computerization.

Enjoy this nostalgic trip back in time as you explore one of the all-time favorite fallen flags. You're Workin' on the Santa Fe!

DVD Special Feature:

* Chapter Menus provides instant access to program segments.

1 Hour 30 Minutes
In Color with Hi-Fi Sound and Narration
Full-screen (4x3) Format
No region code; can be played in NTSC DVD players worldwide
Packaged in Sturdy Vinyl Clamshell Case
ISBN: 1-56342-246-8
UPC: 7-48268-00529-9
Produced by Pentrex 2000.
Released on DVD by Pentrex 2008

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Runtime:1 Hour, 30 Mins ($0.27/min)
Aspect Ratio:Full Screen
DVD UPC:748268005299
Shrink Wrapped?:Yes
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC
Workin on the Santa Fe DVD
samtheman on 2008-09-03 16:32:23.

People who found this review helpful: 1

  •  5 of 5

A series of somewhat campy Santa Fe training films mostly from the 1950's. You'll see a safety film on using various hand track tools such as spike pullers, tie pullers, track benders and others. Another film shows how to grab on and get off from moving cars. The 3rd is an investigative film on why empty trains were consistently derailing at high speed. Next is the Barstow yard just when computers were starting to be used.

Probably most entertaining is the 5th one about loading cars, and paying attention to yard activity. Some good scenes of a switch being thrown in the middle of a car, a train being backed into another train on a diverging track, and a hotbox fire. Not to mention lots of cars slamming into each other.

Last is a slightly more modern look at the highly computerized and modernized Argentine Yard. Shown are rows and rows of giant computers and tape drives. I'd guess this one was about mid to late 1960's.

This is just the type of rail video I like. Things rarely if ever seen before. Very entertaining!

Additional remarks by samtheman:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? I doubt it.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? Yes.

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Workin on the Santa Fe DVD
thomas (timaru NZ) on 2011-01-08 00:03:32.

  •  4 of 5

The DVD is interesting, with the older instruction video clips on how to do things safely. Proves h & s as been around for a while. Son enjoyed the bit about the building of the yards and what happens when things weren't done properly.

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

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Workin on the Santa Fe DVD
rrvideoman on 2008-09-18 09:08:24.

  •  5 of 5

6 videos on one DVD. Historical, dating back to the 1950's. This is a very interesting video collection on safety practices, the building of the Barstow yard, and the Argentine yard at work not long after it opened. An added addition is a study on what could cause a derailment. I found it interesting to see things like proper lifting techniques, and how best to swing a mallet. How to get on and off rail cars, and how best to give signals. And there is a story with a rail road worker who makes a new purchase, only to receive damaged goods (Pay Day). Here the railroad man's story as to where the damage could have occurred. There is a wide variety of 1st generation diesels, including turbines. Lots of yard work with humping action at Argentine, and mainline action as well. Anything that you want to see... it's all here.
The interest in this one video is really something else. Everyone including the kids enjoy this video. For my boys, they like to say "Dad, is that what it was like when You were a boy, along time ago?" lol. I am very pleased to have this video in my collection. A "Must Have" for rail enthusiests and fans alike.

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

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