The Alaska Railroad

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Producer: Pentrex

Locations: Anchorage, Denali Park, Fairbanks, Whittier

Timeframe: 1984

Length: 90 minutes

A visit to the Alaska Railroad in 1984. Vintage F units were still operating. Chase or ride, several featured trains. Briefly see some other operations. Not a classic Pentrex structured program.

A detailed Chapter Menu is included. One basic map. No extra graphics. Bare bones.

Natural audio is the dominate soundtrack.

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Tour begins with an F unit can ride. The journey kicks off at Fairbanks. It is a ten hour trip to destination at Anchorage. This is a passenger train.

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Takes about a half hour to arrive. Basically, a non narrated trip. Unexciting for sure.

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The best scenic view from a bridge.

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Gravel trains are the next subject. Dave Drui brings his familiar voice. Unit trains are the deal. Hey, the narrative is very minimal.

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Some nice pace sequences.

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Earlier, a brief shop tour.

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A State Fair passenger train is next. Again, almost non existent narration.

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Whittier shuttle is the train that hauls autos and passengers.

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Visually, this show is fine. Alaska Railroad beckons for more in depth discussion.

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Ride in the back of a pickup truck on this train, to Whittier. Again, light on information.

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A barge operation transfers freight cars. This enables movements to the lower 48 states. See this in close-up.

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Check the ferry boat!

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A special Cruise ship train. Whittier at 6am. The passengers are hauled out. Porter to Anchorage. Another cab ride.

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Tacked on as the final chapter. A random collection of freight trains.

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The Alaska Railroad covers a beautiful area. It is one that many may never visit. Hence, a narrative would be highly desirable. This was a big letdown. Other shows do this much better.

A quiet and somewhat, sleepy presentation.

Rating: 3 1/2 Stars

 

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