Don Olsens Pacific Electric Trilogy 3 DVD Set
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Volume 1 - The Southern District
Step back into a railfan's paradise - Los Angeles in the 1940's, where the world's largest interurban was scheduling 1,100 passenger trains a day. From thousands of Pacific Electric Logofeet of vintage film, producer-archivist Don Olsen has assembled an extraordinary record of this interurban empire. Volume 1, first in a trilogy of Pacific Electric videos, features the Southern District, with the Long Beach/San Pedro , Newport Beach, Santa Ana and El Segundo/Torrance Lines. The evolution of ten and twelve hundred class cars and the "blimps" which supplanted them is well documented.
Separate sections are devoted to carload freight and maintenance-of-way activities, including rail and overhead replacement and wrecks. As the system's premier freight hauler, electric, steam and diesel powered freights, plus box motors and RPOs kept the rails well polished with wartime activity, and these amazing scenes recall it all with vivid clarity.
Volume 2 - The Western District
PE considered its Western District a "suburban" service. Although the Burbank, Valley and Venice Short Lines were certainly interurban in character, their equipment generally was not. Thus this Volume of the Western District focuses on 600 (5050) class cars, which ran on most of the Lines; venerable 800s in rare shots along the Redondo Beach-Del Rey Line; 950s and 1000s, which served the western beaches; and PE"s newest cars, the thirty PCCs in the 5000 class. Also shown are 100s and Birneys in local service.
Our classic coverage of Western District operations features these types of cars, burnishing the rails down to Santa Monica, cresting the Cahuenga Pass or skimming along the Ivanhoe Hills on private right-of-way; plus downtown L.A., with the Subway and Hill Street Terminals, congested Hill Street and its tunnels, and facilities at Toluca yard, West Hollywood and Ocean Park carhouses.
Volume 2 of "Remembering the Red Cars", in the finest quality digital and visual transfer, affords the PE fan an unparalleled opportunity to relive these sights and sounds. - Transit Gloria Mundi in association with Catenary Video Productions
Volume 3 - The Northern District
Justifiably revered as the world"s greatest interurban, the Pacific Electric"s vast empire has required three video volumes to cover it in detail. Volume Three features the Northern District, plus Special New Year"s Day trains and RPO/ Box Motor operations.
pe vol. 3The seven lines which provided the District"s passenger services (Watts-Sierra Vista, Alhambra-Temple City, two Pasadena Lines, Sierra Madre, Monrovia-Glendora and San Bernardino Lines) are all represented in this mostly color odyssey. Revisit PE"s largest and busiest district and savor the sights and sounds of the big red tens, elevens, twelve hundreds and RPO / boxmotors burnishing over one hundred miles of electrified trackage in the busy decade of the 1940s.
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|3 Hours, 30 Mins ($0.24/min)
|Transit Gloria Mundi
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Don Olsens Pacific Electric Trilogy 3 DVD Set
zeppyblimp (Silver Spring MD US) on 2019-05-27 07:29:07.
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Hard to believe I am the first customer to review this must-have traction DVD. Presumably it is because TVD only recently added Transit Gloria Mundi to their catalog. This is a 3-disc, 3ï¿½-hour set comprising the Southern, Western, and Northern Districts of the Pacific Electric. (You may also buy the discs separately, but the set is usually a better deal.) Most of the film is from the 1940s, when PEï¿½s network was still extensive, with some 1950s scenes and pre-war historical material. You get everything you expect in traction films: following the individual lines with run-bys and film from the cab; excellent maps; narration on history and technology; freight and maintenance operations; views of car interiors, yards and shops, and structures. Film quality is good for that era. Nostalgic Los Angeles ambience circa 1950. Lots of variety ranging from the PCC-operated Glendale lines to the subway terminal (what we now call light rail) to the heavy 4-track mainline southbound, to more typically interurban operations.
Additional remarks by zeppyblimp:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? I doubt it.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value: Good Value
Recommend to others? A "Must Have"!