Locations: Denver, Royal Gorge, Moffat Tunnel, Tennessee Pass, Winter Park,…
Length: 1 hour 52 minutes
Rio Grande’s entire mainline, is covered from, Denver to Salt Lake City. The year of 1986 had, many solid DRGW lash-ups. Some of the best scenery in the United States, is on this railroad.
All of the major locations are visited. Moffat Tunnel. Climb to the summit of Tennessee Pass. Ski Train at Winter Park. A bonus Cab ride through the beautiful Royal Gorge. This program is jam packed, with a non- stop tour across this historic line.
A detailed Chapter Menu, allows convenient navigation over the single DVD. No on screen graphics. Basic maps for the straightforward line routes. On/ Off narration.
View from Rio Grande tracks, in Royal Gorge.
David Drui, with his smooth and professional narration. Classic Pentrex, with high quality in all departments.
Action at six mile long, Moffat Tunnel.
Viewing a Rio Grande diesel that is this clean, is rare!
Model Railroaders. Quick quiz. How do you justify double the locomotives on a regular California Zephyr?… Answer… Add some private varnish on the rear!
Quite a few Amtrak views in this show.
Excitement as we are transported into multiple views from, a cab.
Another Cab ride. This time, in Gore Canyon
In the hole we go.. Meeting a Coal Train.
Checkout those Missouri Pacific units in Canary paint.
Red rocks provide a scenic backdrop. Spectacular scenery throughout this program. Cameras have viewpoints both, near and far. A sense of scale, will be communicated to the viewer.
Glenwood Springs has always been a popular tourist destination. Scenery is highlighted, along with the station.
Minturn Yard is a busy place. Here, a meet. Just a fast look here.
The Joint Line has been the subject of it’s own shows. A brief visit in this program. Burlington Northern and Santa Fe shared this trackage with Rio Grande.
Ski Train has a Chapter. Denver to Winter Park.
Tennessee Pass at over 10,000 feet. Power is largely SD40T-2 locomotives. The newer SD50 class are out in force. GP40 engines round out most of the DRGW units. Perhaps, older locos were in less critical service.
Besides Cotton Belt and Southern Pacific. Burlington Northern run throughs will frequent the lash-ups.
An add-on Bonus coverage feature. A 23 minute Cab Ride. A GP40 pair with a local. Tours Royal Gorge Canyon! November, 5 1986. Other trains are encountered. Awesome!
One of the very few cabooses that appear. Was tough to find this one, with a clear view. Doesn’t meet advertised. Promised many cabooses. A few is the reality. Not a deal breaker.
Denver and Rio Grande Western. An excellent visual overview. Seemingly endless viewpoints. Narrative is an early Pentrex. Lightweight on details. They make up for it with later releases, that cover the same territory.
This show has great mainline coverage of a pre-merger Rio Grande. They did a fine job of filming the railroad. A show that fans will want to rewatch multiple times.
Rating: 5 Stars