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Santa Fes Arizona Mainline DVD
 4.3 of 5 (3)

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Stretching across the mountains and deserts of Arizona, the Santa Fe mainline is a double-tracked ribbon of high-density railroading at its finest. All Santa Fe"s transcontinental traffic funnels through Arizona, making the action intense as train after train works across the state.

The majority of trains are powered by locomotives in Santa Fe's classic blue & yellow scheme, including EMD F45s, but in 1991 when this program was originally filmed, Santa Fe was taking delivery of brand new General Electric Dash 8-40BW units as part of its Super Fleet program. You"ll see several pure sets of these 500-class units in Warbonnet paint pulling hot intermodal trains and Electro-Motive engines in Warbonnet paint as well.

Arizona"s magnificent topography of high mountains, rugged canyons, and stark desert landscapes creates stunning dioramas highlighted by long Santa Fe trains loaded with plenty of power up front. Amtrak"s Southwest Chief is seen racing through scenic western landscapes; the action in Kingman Canyon is nonstop as trains pass through this photogenic location; and impressive Canyon Diablo Bridge provides a beautiful setting for the flashing Warbonnets. All the splendor of the Southwest is captured in this exciting DVD tour of Santa Fe's Arizona Mainline!

DVD Special Feature:

  • Chapter Menu provides instant access to program segments.

1 Hour 20 Minutes
In Color with Hi-Fi Audio and Narration
Full-screen (4x3) Format
No region code; can be played in any NTSC DVD player worldwide
Packaged in Sturdy Vinyl Clamshell Case
ISBN: 1-56342-189-5
UPC: 7-48268-00472-8

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Runtime:1 Hour, 20 Mins ($0.30/min)
Aspect Ratio:Full Screen
DVD UPC:748268004728
Shrink Wrapped?:Yes
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC
Santa Fes Arizona Mainline DVD
rrvideoman on 2009-09-14 07:12:06.

People who found this review helpful: 3

  •  4 of 5

Arizona is a location that many of us think as a "hot and desert type region".
In this video, we find that there is more than we realize. For the Santa Fe fans, the action is excellent. Most of the Santa Fe power near the end of the time is seen, pulling long high speed trains of all types of cargo.

For those of us who love excellent scenery and have never seen Arizona... there is plenty of scenes that will catch your eye. At times, you may think you are much further north, and at times... in a real desert. Some old structures of days gone by are seen also like some Harvey Houses that remain standing.

A great video that is a fine added touch to any railfan's video collection.

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

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Santa Fes Arizona Mainline DVD
LWS on 2007-10-17 04:30:43.

People who found this review helpful: 3

  •  5 of 5

Arizona's Short Lines features plenty of SLOW freight drags and lots of specialty ore-hauling freight cars. The slow action plus excellent closeup videography lets the viewer study the cars and locos in detail. None of that SWOOSH by you and "What was that?"

There's immense variety in the six short lines featured on the video--EMD, Alco, and Baldwin are all present. Copper Basin Railway uses GP39s and SD39s as well as some older rebuilt Geeps. San Manuel runs Alco RS3s. Magma Arizona runs Baldwins. Arizona Eastern runs GP20s. The Arizona and California features GP20s in a beautiful green,cream, and beige livery. The Apache RR runs Alcos--two different vibrant paint schemes appear in the video. Some of the locos seen here are pretty enough to rival the desert in bloom!

There's a fair amount of switching work, again at slow speed so there's time to study the action. One intriguing bit of video featured covered hoppers being loaded with perlite. Perlite is a very light-weight, low density mineral used as an ingredient in potting soil. It's a bit like styrofoam pellets, but not man-made. So how much can a load of perlite add to the weight of an empty hopper?

While most of the freight is specific to the mining industries, there is some SP and ATSF interchange action. (Those names should help you date the video!)

Other oddities in this video are a short bit of street running, a cab ride, and a cab-equipped ore car (for visibility when the mine train is pushing backwards.

Arizona's Short Line Railroads is one that I watch again and again, one that easily enters my list of all-time favorites.

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Santa Fes Arizona Mainline DVD
Steamboy (Massachusetts) on 2017-11-10 08:26:18.

  •  4 of 5

First the program begins in Topoct AZ, then were are at the border in new Mexico, in the deserted town of Lipton. Eventually there are lots of other Arizona towns and abandoned sites on the busy double track mainline for 2 subdivisions, which includes seligman and Gallup. Not only the blue and yellow diesels put on a fine show, but there are some new style red and silver warbonnet units as well as Amtrak's southwest chief. Some freights even have cabooses. No matter how many lash ups from 2 to 8 or rarely 10 or more, this wide open state has many freights rolling through the dessert nonstop. This video had since been historic since the blue & yellow diesels and the red and silver warbonnets no longer roll through, neither does the F40PH's on Amtrak.

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

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