Southern Pacific Daylight Collection

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Producer: Pentrex

Timeframe: 1940s- 1950s

Locations: Coast Line, LA. Phoenix…

Length: 80 minutes

The classic Daylight steam locomotive, is featured in a stunning collection. Pentrex has assembled an all color show of vintage films. Covering a wide range of territory.

California has the greatest coverage. As it should be. The Coast Line, Beaumont Hill and Soledad Canyon. Phoenix, Arizona to El Paso, Texas. The Great Salt Lake in Utah. Some post Daylight era service.

An add-on short. Daylighting the Padre Trail. This, a 1930s black and white film. It may or may not, Crank your tractor!

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Of course, Pentrex has their ‘A’ game on, production wise. Top shelf, all departments. That’s how they would put these programs together.

A Chapter Menu is included. Narration is optional. Hi-Fi sound.

To the land and heyday, of the Southern Pacific GS-4…

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I found the old, black and white film unnecessary. Dated and an odd decision. Less is more.

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A premier collection of all color, vintage films. Impeccable presentation by Pentrex.

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There are many fantastic scenes along California’s coastline.

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Mission Tower, back in those days.

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Phoenix was a much smaller city. A GS-3 slows to a stop.

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A  winner in The Rose Bowl Parade, circa 1940. The running gear operates. Fabulous!

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Helpers could be either: steam or diesel.

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This double header, was filmed at Soledad Canyon.

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A GS-4 nears LAUPT.

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Black scheme GS-4 class, were often found on Mail Trains.

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More action around Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal. Check those autos!

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What would we give to see this now?

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On a backing move, the future is seen.

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The pacing sequences are nicely done.

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This beats any Amtrak train. Any day.

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GS locomotives look good, in any paint, any weather.

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San Joaquin Daylight gets featured late.

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Eventually, economics win. The diesel will rule. Even this scene shall be missed.

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Those Daylight trains were special.

Southern Pacific Daylight Collection.

An outstanding collection of all color, vintage films! While some of this has been used elsewhere. It is better to have it all in this single program.

The action is non stop. An intriguing visit into the steam era. Excellent, for all audience viewers.

The only odd concern, is the tacked on 1930s film at the end. Totally unneeded. Dumb.

Just stop at the end of the Pentrex show.

Rating: 4 1/2 Stars

 

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Santa Fe’s Mohave Mainline

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Producer: Pentrex

Timeframe: 1992

Locations: Needles to Barstow

Length: 75 minutes

 Santa Fe’s California desert crossing. The Mohave sub is 120 miles. Needles to Barstow. Mountain vistas, ghost towns, and the Mohave desert. Santa Fe trains speed across this division.

David Drui with his comfortable narrative. Smooth as glass. A well written script to match.

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Pentrex, with their professionals in the production areas. Everyone has done a fine job!

A Chapter Menu is detailed for easy access throughout. Bonus previews too.

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Plentiful map usage and some elevations, as well. On-screen graphics, coupled with train identification.

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Lighting creates dramatic effects.

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Jumps out to Needles. Working the way back. Seligman sub crosses the Colorado River to Needles.

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7449 and a crew change point. Train 189. This move gets chased. TOFC.


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Quality train is a, Dallas to Barstow move.

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Train 885 at Danby. Passes by Miner shacks from the 1880s.

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Arizona and California Railroad interchange. MRL unit is field testing.

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This warbonnet gets beautifully filmed, on a grade.

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Siberia has the best name. Klondike had the best screenshot.

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Ash Hill is a high vantage point.

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Higher? You bet!

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Ghost towns do exist in the Mohave.

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Progressive maps are good.

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Troy Lake is a dry lake. #114 is shown, because it’s cool.

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Union Pacific shows up to get on the Santa Fe main. Check that Soo Line, far from home!

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Amtrak’s Desert Wind at Barstow.

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Train 338 arrives at the Eastern end of Barstow Yard.

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The Mohave is presented in an interesting fashion. An intelligent mixture of trains and local history, keep viewers attention. The fast pace and relaxing intervals, are perfect. Top notch videography really tops it off.

Excellent train program for all.

Rating: 5 Stars

 

 

Street Running

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Producer: Pentrex

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.

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David Drui is our familiar narrator. Smooth as glass. Tight script. All production aspects, are the usual high quality of Pentrex.

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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.

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Everything is separated. Billboarded, if watching it through. Available by chapter, as well. This show is jam packed!

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Time to hit some highlights. Checkout some of the many viewpoints on tap. Let’s see what’s going on, in the streets…

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LaGrange, Kentucky. CSX line. There is frequently, a train per hour here.

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Augusta, Georgia. Norfolk Southern 9003. Trains through historical district.

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Erie, PA. Canadian Pacific. Unique nowadays,  are the Crossing guard shanties.

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Oakland California. Rare, double-track street. Amtrak, is an Amtrak West  operation. According to Pentrex. Freight action is also shown at ground level.

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Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad. York, Pennsylvania. Blink twice and you will miss, this former Santa Fe CF7 rebuild unit.

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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!

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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!

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Watsonville, California. Observe how tight street operation can be for a train. A quartet of GP40s, haul a long consist.

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Santa Cruz SP 7138. Palm trees, beaches and the Pacific Ocean! What could be better?…  Retirement! 

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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.

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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!

vlcsnap-2019-04-01-10h27m32s305In the almost, but no cigar category. Amtrak Auto Train on ex: RF&P  at Ashland, Virginia. This on ballasted track, center of street. 

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San Antonio, Texas. Pearl Brewing. An electric motor connects, with Union Pacific. Texas Transportation Company.

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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.

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Middleton, Pennsylvania. One of the last two Alco locomotives built. T6 diesel.

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Stockton, CA. Central California Traction. Not all operations filmed are daylight ones. Note the safety flare.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Look at the butthead following so close! No brake lights on the coal train. Not much brain power in the car. Think about it…

Street Running

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

Western Rails

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Producer: Greg Scholl

Timeframe: 1994-97

Locations: CA, CO, IA, KS, NM, WY

Length: One hour

Source: Greg Scholl

A tour of various locations in the Western States. Sweeping across the Plains to California. Many railroads are viewed. Various cameos are additional. All combined into this show. Unique viewpoints on numerous shots. There are a cornucopia of scenes.

Narrator, is the familiar voice of Greg Hingsbergen. He always does a fine job.

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Natural audio on a live soundtrack. The only issues, are some loud levels on freeway traffic.

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Pro level videography. All production aspects are professional. Tight edits. A well paced program. Greg always has an appreciation for nature. A good amount for balance. No extra charge!

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A detailed Chapter Menu is included. A generous Preview section. This with a detailed Menu, as well. Split into American and Canadian preview lists.

There are minor maps. Just enough to orient the audience. Good enough.

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Kansas City Southern, in an intriguing view. Burlington, Iowa. Mississippi River.

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Santa Fe warbonnets, with Union Pacific passenger cars. Topeka, Kansas. See the show, for more details on this scene.

vlcsnap-2019-03-27-10h51m37s581There is much variety in this show. Former Rio Grande Potash branch, near Moab, Utah.

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Santa Fe Southern. Lamy, New Mexico.

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vlcsnap-2019-03-27-10h52m25s063Burlington Northern. Sheridan, Wyoming. A crew change point.

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SD70MAC engines with a long coal train.

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Columbia River Gorge. This is an extended Chapter. Burlington Northern on the one side. Georgeous area.

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Union Pacific rails on the other. One of several scenic highlights!

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California is next on the journey. Southern Pacific’s Coast Line. Trains in scenery, type of cinematography. Spectacular views here!

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Tehachapi Loop gets a brief visit in 1995. Southern Pacific with a GP60. Two pushers on the rear. Unusual, to see a GP60 lead versus SD class locomotives.

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Western Rails

An interesting compilation, that delivers on the advertised. This whirlwind tour should contain, something for everyone. A favorite Railroad, or a location. Likely, more than one. Perhaps, viewers may find new interests.

This is a fine train program. Compact and action packed! Great cinematography. Excellent for: Railfans, Model Railroaders and the family.

Rating: 5 Stars

 

 

SP’s Central California Mainline

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Producer: Pentrex

Timeframe: 1994-1996

Locations: San Joaquin sub

Length: 73 minutes

Pentrex was busy filming, Central California back in the mid 1990’s. The Southern Pacific is the railroad, featured in this show. The San Joaquin subdivision to be specific.

The line is compass, North – South. Los Angeles to Portland, Oregon. The agricultural belt is what this territory is made of.

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Bakersfield Yard is the beginning of this show.

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Pentrex has maps which are important.

Full narration by David Drui.

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Plenty of intermodal traffic. Much more variety overall.

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A highway is conducive to fine pacing with some tunnel motors.

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A San Joaquin Valley shortline is encountered.

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SP Golden Pig Service Trailers are seemingly everywhere.

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San Joaquin River bridge is a graceful one.

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SP designations as East – West and how a wye turnout plays into this time table directional designation. Pentrex explains it well.

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SP trains rollby vineyards, and farms.

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Foster Farms has it’s own, Alco S6. It is an ex SP unit.

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This freight travels over a dry riverbed.

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Unit coal looks slightly out of place.

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Modesto station no longer serves rail passengers.

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A GP9 set from 1994.

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Stockton tower has a Santa Fe here.

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Hot SP intermodal with 4 SD locomotives on point at Stockton.

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Union Pacific stack, run by a Chicago North Western C-44W pair.

Lodi, the Zinfandel capitol of the world.

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Elvas tower is at a wye. Splits the lines in opposite directions.

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American River bridge at Sacramento. Note the high water marks in the spring of 1995.

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Roseville yard with SD7s, still in service.

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Oddball award of the show. The only caboose to see is a Burlington Northern!

SP’s Central California Mainline

A fast paced trip through Central California. Mainline freight trains that hardly pause for slower movements. There are just enough locals for variety. Agricultural history and scenery are intertwined to tell some thingsthings this region. Locomotives, both old and new, power the various trains.

An interesting show.

Rating: 5 Stars