Timeframe: 1990- 2000s
Locations: 22 USA
Length: 1 hour 44 minutes
Street running, is a highlight on most any train program. The image is a powerful one. Class ones to shortlines. Pentrex has this compilation, from nearly two dozen USA locations.
A detailed Chapter Menu provides easy access to the choice spots. Bonus Material consists of Pentrex previews. Audio has the selection of either: On/ Off. That is for narration.
David Drui is our familiar narrator. Smooth as glass. Tight script. All production aspects, are the usual high quality of Pentrex.
Of note, several locations were filmed without a train. Would have liked to have seen Fort Collins, Colorado. However, they do mention a few misses at the end, including that one.
So, it is good that Pentrex went to their vaults. Created added interest to this program. Smart move. There is plenty to see.
Everything is separated. Billboarded, if watching it through. Available by chapter, as well. This show is jam packed!
Time to hit some highlights. Checkout some of the many viewpoints on tap. Let’s see what’s going on, in the streets…
LaGrange, Kentucky. CSX line. There is frequently, a train per hour here.
Augusta, Georgia. Norfolk Southern 9003. Trains through historical district.
Erie, PA. Canadian Pacific. Unique nowadays, are the Crossing guard shanties.
Oakland California. Rare, double-track street. Amtrak, is an Amtrak West operation. According to Pentrex. Freight action is also shown at ground level.
Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad. York, Pennsylvania. Blink twice and you will miss, this former Santa Fe CF7 rebuild unit.
New Albany, Indiana. Canadian Pacific AC4400. This freight on CSX, is using authority from former Soo Line. This is old Monon, to Louisville route trackage. Action!
Albany, Georgia. Norfolk Southern 3177, on ex: Central of Georgia trackage. Long hood forward built locomotive.
Columbus, GA. Another no trains.
Frederick, Maryland. Track is disconnected. They probably had to account for the trip expenses. Hence, all the zero sum screenshots. Do notice how smoothly they integrate these shots. Marietta, Ohio is the best one!
Watsonville, California. Observe how tight street operation can be for a train. A quartet of GP40s, haul a long consist.
Santa Cruz SP 7138. Palm trees, beaches and the Pacific Ocean! What could be better?… Retirement!
Brooklyn. New York Cross Harbor Railroad. Alco S2 power. The busy switch crew is followed by the Pentrex camera. Bush Terminal vicinity. Succinct and satisifying.
Utica, NY. none. Hudson, NY. No trains.
Chicago, Ill. Goose Island. Soo Line, circa 1990. Check the ex: Milwaukee Road switcher, in a ‘bandit’ paint job. Have seen this footage before. So what! This fine segment fits perfectly. Tells the story. Just like, so many Charles Smiley Presents. A smart recycle. No worries!
In the almost, but no cigar category. Amtrak Auto Train on ex: RF&P at Ashland, Virginia. This on ballasted track, center of street.
San Antonio, Texas. Pearl Brewing. An electric motor connects, with Union Pacific. Texas Transportation Company.
Chicago South Shore and South Bend. Action in Michigan City, Indiana. Electric interurban, which were born in the streets. Think about it. They should have filmed a South Shore freight train.
Middleton, Pennsylvania. One of the last two Alco locomotives built. T6 diesel.
Stockton, CA. Central California Traction. Not all operations filmed are daylight ones. Note the safety flare.
St Mary’s, West Virginia. A CSX coal train, rolls by a Food Giant. Town population 2200. Took some dedication for the guys to get a daytime train.
West Brownsville PA. is very busy for Norfolk Southern on a ex: Conrail line. Yes, this busy stretch has NS coal moves. Monongahela from the archives is better!
Elizabeth, PA. Watch these new Electromotive built locomotives. These are former P&LE tracks. SD70MAC engines.
Modesto, CA. Railfans choice. Former Tidewater Southern. Western Pacific. Old Mill Cafe. Ninth Street. All important to knowledgeable fans.
It is under the umbrella of Union Pacific now. The GP40 leads and obeys traffic lights. I enjoy the ,”Conductor lends a pair of eyes” about watching traffic. Look at it!
Look at the butthead following so close! No brake lights on the coal train. Not much brain power in the car. Think about it…
An enjoyable show. Videography is top shelf. Excellent narrative. Fine sounding audio. The brevity of each chapter, keeps the pace moving quickly. Good rerun value.
Speaking to the Pentrex comment about living next to Railroad tracks. Ever live it? Noisy, vibrates your home, and dust from those passing trains. Airhorns that blow, 24/ 7. Louder in winter too! Novelty wears off.
This program is great for everyone to see. Interesting to watch these trains. A good time for: Railfans Model Railroaders, and the whole family.
Rating: 5 Stars