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Steaming to Los Angeles DVD
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Steaming to Los Angeles DVD Mark I Video M1S2LA
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Southern Pacific 'Daylight' 4-8-4 4449 and Union Pacific 4-8-4 8444 travelled to Los Angeles, California in May, 1989 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the famed Union Passenger Terminal. Mark 1 camera crews were on hand to document the epic journeys of these two great locomotives as they conquered mountain and desert to make a triumphant side-by-side entrance into the classic terminal.

Dramatic steam action abounds as with skillful editing from Marc Balkin and the ever enthusiastic commentary from host Jim Boyd, the excitement builds steadily. The action switches between the 4449 racing south down the highly scenic California coastline and the 8444 blasting westwards up heavy grades and through twisting canyons towards their meeting at Mission Tower just outside LAUPT. There they come together for that grand, full of drama entrace into Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal. Here you'll enjoy the festivities which included the steam & diesel displays, interviews with Engineers Doyle McCormack (4449) & Steve Lee (8444) and special commemorative ceremonies.

Three days later, after the festivities were over, the two locomotives left town for the grand spectacle of a double and parallel assault on Cajon Pass. Witness the action set in dramatic scenery that at times dwarfs even these giant locomotives. We then stay with the 4449 as she curves away to journey over Tehachapi and on to Bakersfield, Fresno and Sacramento. During this final part of the journey we visit 4449's cab for a very exciting sequence when the 4449 accelerates from 20 to 60 mph in a little over three minutes *DVD*


There have been reports and we have confirmed that this DVD has minor frame skips in it. We checked several of them and they drop in the exact same places. This is not a disc defect. It has been authored with these frame drops in it.

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DVD Item#:M1S2LA
Runtime:2 Hours, 00 Mins ($0.22/min)
Producer:Mark I Video
Aspect Ratio:Full Screen
Shrink Wrapped?:NO!
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC

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Steaming to Los Angeles DVD
Steamboy (Revere MA US) on 2020-11-10 19:37:27.

  •  5 of 5

In the mark 1 video version of the 50th anniversary of LA Union station, 4449 & 844 during its final days as 8444 are heading to the big celebration which includes some sound films by Mike Eagleson as well as some amazing helicopter angles on cajon pass. One of the highlights on this 2 hour tape is when the host of this program (the late Railfan magazine editor Jim Boyd) interviews 2 iconic steam locomotive drivers behind the throttle of each 4-8-4: Doyle McCormick for 4449 & Steve Lee for 844/4. Aside from the mark 1 footages, there are also several noteworthy producers there as well: Pentrex, Dave Goodheart, video rails, Greg Scholl, Berkshire productions, & a handful of others. Not long after the northbound race on Cajon pass with the 2 northerns, this iconic Southern California hot spot would soon be quickly transformed into one of the biggest train wrecks in all of the 80s: May 12, 1989 near San Bernardino.

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

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