Charles Smiley Presents
Factory pressed DVD
Length: One Hour 38 minutes
Time Period: 1860’s – 1990’s
Sources: 14 Cameramen
Union Pacific Railroad may have had the ultimate assortment of diesel power during the 1960’s. Many served throughout the 1970’s. Ask any railfan who had the biggest diesel power, and they will answer UP. If you weren’t an eyewitness to that classic era, here is your chance.
Charles Smiley has given us a mega supply of these trains. All vintage, no modern, restored substitutions. As we expect, there is a treasure trove of information to gain. Historical, insider knowledge and ‘ what if ‘ scenarios. Comprehensive coverage of the many rare engine types.
DD35’s are more commonly seen, then would be expected. The dual GP35 model provides plenty of power. The focus is on the 1960 to 1980 period. That twenty years is the era you want. First and second generation power. All of the custom locomotives that UP was operating. This show is action packed.
UP ordered various cabless B units, such as the DD35B. Additionally: GP9B, SD24B and GP30B types were on the roster. Most of the competition did not order any cabless models, in the post F-unit years.
As with the rest of the Charles Smiley catalog, high quality is assured. Film sources are generally in the very good to excellent range. Review space only allows a brief look into this encyclopedic presentation. The narrative alone is a goldmine.
Audio tracks are synced to match the locomotives that are on the screen. Not everyone does this, and the difference is noticeable. He has a genuine enthusiasm for the subjects. Viewers receive a lively narrative. Strict attention to every detail, leaves the audience very aware of the action.
Early history and the long lasting effects of E.H. Harriman’s management, are delved into thoroughly. Intertwining of SP and UP are one example.
Custom, labor intensive maps are the best in the business. A multitude of maps display various points of UP evolution. A nice touch, the multiple merger partners or possible partners are also individually shown. Missouri Pacific added much to Union Pacific.
Inclusion of numerous connecting railroads add even more interest to the program. Sure, some of that footage may overlap from another show. Keep in mind, not everyone may have all of his titles. The extra footage is always welcome. It is needed to tell the stories. A side order of : Santa Fe, Burlington Northern, Milwaukee Road and Rock Island are starters here. There are many more.
Union Pacific Vintage West is simply- Epic !
Rating: 5 stars