Southwest Big Boy


Producer: Tim Walter

Locations: Nevada, California, Arizona, New Mexico

Timeframe: 2019

Length: 1 hour 30 minutes

Sources: Mile High Drone Services and additional.

Continuation, of Union Pacific’s Big Boy 4014 tour. This release covers the Southwestern United States. Pentrex standards should provide a great experience.

vlcsnap-2020-03-05-12h25m05s594There is a master main menu. The SW Big Boy feature, Previews and Titans of the Wasatch music video. Southwest Big Boy, has a super detailed Chapter Menu. No map. On-screen graphics. Limited narrative.

vlcsnap-2020-03-05-11h15m46s646Some vintage Pentrex film, begins this show. Also, the tow to Cheyenne. Previous Pentrex releases are quoted. Some of this is seen, in the other recent 4014 shows.

vlcsnap-2020-03-05-11h21m26s897Oct.6 2019. Aerials at Rainbow Cay Nevada. Continues onward from there. Departs Las Vegas. Pacing at Sloan, NV.

vlcsnap-2020-03-05-11h33m12s747Interesting, as narrator David Drui discusses Big Boy in California. The 4014 has been there for 60 years. This 2019 trip, is the first time a Big Boy has ever ran under it’s own power in the state!

Those drone aerials capture, many memorable scenes.

The song, Trains of the Wasatch plays. As the train traverses across the Mohave desert. The Altar Billies are the band.

vlcsnap-2020-03-05-12h09m13s711This view from old Route 66.

vlcsnap-2020-03-05-11h58m44s457Cajon Pass contains spectacular scenes. The high winds are a problem. Beating on the microphone. Knocking down the smoke exhaust. That’s the reality of excursions. Sometimes, you get what you get.

vlcsnap-2020-03-05-11h48m14s627On the positive side. The sun is shining brightly. The drone footage is awesome! All the wind noise. Perhaps, the song would have been better placed here.

vlcsnap-2020-03-05-12h01m17s057Departs Colton Yard the next day. Winds subsided. This trip, a fundraiser for the museum that gave up the 4014.

vlcsnap-2020-03-05-12h16m23s733Oct,13. Leaves Barstow Yard on BNSF. This is a second fundraiser. Plenty of aerial views.

October,15. Leaves Colton Yard to travel the Sunset Route. LA to New Orleans.

vlcsnap-2020-03-05-12h05m02s871Operating on an upgrade. The 1941 built steamer pulls flawlessly.

vlcsnap-2020-03-05-12h48m47s298Nearing Tucson, at  Cienega Creek. The articulated design is visible. Watch the headlight, as the locomotive bends around the curve.

vlcsnap-2020-03-05-11h40m50s461The best pacing is in Arizona. It’s the sound!

vlcsnap-2020-03-05-12h51m53s488FYI- Arizona towns tended to be overcrowded. Willcox is featured. Good choice.

vlcsnap-2020-03-05-12h57m09s565Steins, New Mexico is where this program ends. In and out, in 90 minutes. Just about perfect!

vlcsnap-2020-03-05-12h38m04s250Southwest Big Boy. This is a fine release. Pentrex has a trio of 2019 shows, that feature the 4014 in current service. All have a different flavor. They are all equally good.

vlcsnap-2020-03-05-12h20m27s542This one has the natural desert beauty. The Big Boy looks at home, on Cajon Pass! Tour on the Sunset Route, is worth the film. Excellent presentation overall. Any steam fan should find this to be an enjoyable show.

Rating: 5 Stars

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s