Denver & Rio Grande Western

DRGW-DVD

Producer: Pentrex

Timeframe: 1986

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.

vlcsnap-2019-10-03-15h23m24s548A detailed Chapter Menu, allows convenient navigation over the single DVD. No on screen graphics. Basic maps for the straightforward line routes. On/ Off narration.

vlcsnap-2019-10-03-14h09m07s182View from Rio Grande tracks, in Royal Gorge.

vlcsnap-2019-10-03-15h05m14s938David Drui, with his smooth and professional narration. Classic Pentrex, with high quality in all departments. 

vlcsnap-2019-10-03-14h08m45s072Action at six mile long, Moffat Tunnel.

vlcsnap-2019-10-03-14h29m09s600Viewing a Rio Grande diesel that is this clean, is rare!

vlcsnap-2019-10-03-14h13m07s456Model 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.

vlcsnap-2019-10-03-14h38m13s876Excitement as we are transported into multiple views from, a cab.

vlcsnap-2019-10-03-14h45m20s607Another Cab ride. This time, in Gore Canyon

vlcsnap-2019-10-03-14h48m03s191In the hole we go.. Meeting a Coal Train.

vlcsnap-2019-10-03-15h40m46s695Checkout those Missouri Pacific units in Canary paint.

vlcsnap-2019-10-03-15h06m21s654Red 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.

vlcsnap-2019-10-03-15h12m48s269Glenwood Springs has always been a popular tourist destination. Scenery is highlighted, along with the station.

vlcsnap-2019-10-03-15h20m03s353Minturn Yard is a busy place. Here, a meet. Just a fast look here.

vlcsnap-2019-10-03-15h52m57s972The 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.

vlcsnap-2019-10-03-16h06m01s862Ski Train has a Chapter. Denver to Winter Park.

vlcsnap-2019-10-03-15h33m14s117Tennessee 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.

vlcsnap-2019-10-03-18h03m25s451An 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!

vlcsnap-2019-10-03-15h35m34s174One 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

 

Tribute to Tennessee Pass

 

TRIBUTE-DVD

Timeframe: 1997

Locations: Royal Gorge, Minturn, Mitchell, Salida, TP Summit, more

Length: 1 hour 40 minutes

In 1997 the word was given. Historic Tennessee Pass was going to be closed by the railroad. Pentrex then documented the Tennessee Pass subdivision. A 200 mile line.

The show is organized into three main sections. One third from Pueblo, Colorado. Another third from Dotsero. A middle section with the Summit.

vlcsnap-2019-09-06-10h27m07s992Actually, the Summit is also acheived via another Chapter. Tennessee Pass Tunnel. Twice visited. Great!

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There is so much to see. Let’s hit some highlights.

vlcsnap-2019-09-06-11h21m56s489In 1997, the SD40T-2 were still to be found, in Rio Grande paint.

vlcsnap-2019-09-06-10h15m24s105Pentrex extras include many reference maps. On screen graphics with; train designations and locations.

vlcsnap-2019-09-06-10h36m58s470Dave Drui narrates in his smooth as glass style. A smart script matches the professional Pentrex production.

vlcsnap-2019-09-06-10h12m35s521Expert videography is on tap. Beautifully shot. Encompasses the magnificent mountain scenery along with the centerpiece trains. Well done!

vlcsnap-2019-09-06-10h42m05s914Audio is live sound. Pro sound throughout. Some obvious video source flaws late in the program. Minor glitches. No worries. Part of the review.

vlcsnap-2019-09-06-11h08m11s617The program begins on the Western end and travels towards the center. A rather sharp decision. Viewers end up at Tennessee Pass Summit. The tunnel is the Summit.

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Restart at the opposite end of the sub. Achieve the summit twice! Brilliant.

vlcsnap-2019-09-06-10h49m46s976Relentless train movement. Ever changing scenic vistas will keep eyes on the screen.

vlcsnap-2019-09-06-11h31m14s382At Minturn. The pace slows down. Watch the process. Mid-train helpers are cut into a heavy, unit coal train.

vlcsnap-2019-09-06-10h21m13s805Royal Gorge is a scenic highlight.

vlcsnap-2019-09-06-10h56m50s242A hard to find (in 1997) Rio Grande GP30 is out on the mainline.

vlcsnap-2019-09-06-10h58m37s198Several out of staters do appear. CSX,NW, and CNW. Here is one. CNW SD40-2.

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Although the GE AC4400 were dominate. Tunnel motors and the The Rocky Mountains. Go together like peanut butter and jelly. A classic!

vlcsnap-2019-09-06-10h47m10s366Union Pacific locomotives are plentiful.

vlcsnap-2019-09-06-11h54m18s899Those sweeping curves at Mitchell. They have been filmed since the steam era. Still exciting, even with diesels!

vlcsnap-2019-09-06-11h58m54s556Here we are…

vlcsnap-2019-09-06-11h14m04s018Not a caboose to be found in this show. There is this vintage DRGW boxcar. Close enough for horseshoes. Ain’t she sweet? Let’s go with this for the closer.

Tribute to Tennessee Pass. Has all the elements. Mountain territory, good mix of power and freight. Excellent visuals with a sharp narrative. A fine program for the whole family. This amoung the top Pentrex shows!

Rating: 5 Stars

Soldier Summit Assault

SOLS-DVD

Producer: Pentrex

Timeframe: 2000- 01

Locations: Helper, Gilluly, Thistle, Colton, Price River…

Length 1 hour 53 minutes

Visit the scenic Wasatch Mountains in Utah.Union Pacific owns the tracks in year 2000. There is still variety to see. Utah Railway, with unique power. Rio Grande and Southern Pacific, as part of the UP. BNSF operating with trackage rights. Amtrak has The California Zephyr.

Nice extras. Detailed Chapter Menu for easy access to favorite sections. Choice of on/off narration. On-screen graphics. Plenty of maps are referenced.

vlcsnap-2019-08-23-12h03m50s510Dave Drui with the informative narration. 

vlcsnap-2019-08-23-11h11m14s032Memorable scenery, as this red rocks area.

vlcsnap-2019-08-23-10h14m45s313Coal train moves along, behind UP and SP locomotives.

vlcsnap-2019-08-23-09h43m19s464This is now, Union Pacific Provo Sub. Although still commonly called, Soldier Summit.

vlcsnap-2019-08-23-10h10m18s884The still painted Rio Grande SD40T-2, are stationed at Helper Yard. They are assigned to helper service. Main attraction in 2000.

vlcsnap-2019-08-23-11h27m02s904Castle Gate is a classic Railfan photo spot.

vlcsnap-2019-08-23-11h51m39s605Soldier Summit was the highest point on the old Denver and Rio Grande Western.

vlcsnap-2019-08-23-10h59m59s400Southern Pacific units lead a train.

vlcsnap-2019-08-23-10h17m14s140Utah Railway receives plenty of attention.

vlcsnap-2019-08-23-10h27m21s588At Kyune Tunnels. Train Z-DVRO is led by this Chicago & Northwestern engine.

vlcsnap-2019-08-23-10h43m08s767Real men love a Beer Train! Here is Union Pacific. Supposed to be 12 cars of Coors Beer.

vlcsnap-2019-08-23-10h46m32s441Amtrak California Zephyr nears the Summit.

vlcsnap-2019-08-23-10h53m02s982Gilluily Loops. Long visit. Assortment of views.

vlcsnap-2019-08-23-11h06m06s552Thistle is where the flood and landslide, occurred in 1983. Rio Grande raised the line through this area.

vlcsnap-2019-08-23-11h18m36s670A separate bonus film. A Tribute to Utah Railway SD-40s.

vlcsnap-2019-08-23-11h26m27s065At Helper, a six unit set is cut into a coal train. At Soldier Summit, the helper set is removed.

An Epilogue then updates with additional 2001 information!

vlcsnap-2019-08-23-11h37m33s933Key updates to the Utah Railway roster. MK5000 series locomotives. Australian built SD50 engines. The Caterpillar motors are a must hear!

vlcsnap-2019-08-23-11h54m23s455Follow a sample of these locomotives, as they take a train up to Soldier Summit.

Wait! There’s more…

vlcsnap-2019-08-23-11h54m55s261BNSF gets Utah Railway helpers.

vlcsnap-2019-08-23-12h02m07s488DRGW Trash Train at Mounds still in 2001.

vlcsnap-2019-08-23-12h06m05s667Another part of this update, although less visible. Union Pacific went to unmanned helpers.

vlcsnap-2019-08-23-11h14m44s661Pentrex has an entertaining program here. Plenty of variety combined with great scenery. An interesting script, keeps viewers apprised of everything being viewed.

This one should satisfy anyone with an interest in railroading. Excellent videography and equally fine natural soundtrack. The extended updates add more to this winner.

Rating: 5 Stars

 

 

A Salute to Soldier Summit

WB034

Producer: Bill Brown

Timeframe: 1988

Locations: Utah division

Length: 1 hour

Source: Dave Gross

Rio Grande action, on and around , Soldier  Summit in Utah. Solid sets of black and orange DRGW diesels are common. Cabooses are still in service. Utah Railway is here. Splendid fall scenery in the Wasatch Mountains. Unmolested freight cars. Plenty to enjoy.

Rege Cordic narrates with his familiar voice. No Chapter Menu or extras.

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Professionally shot video. Color balance is still good. Audio contains live train sounds. Balanced with the narrative at good levels.

vlcsnap-2019-08-12-12h33m49s796One hour of non- stop train action. DRGW 5388 is an SD40T-2. Built by Electromotive in LaGrange, 8/78. 

vlcsnap-2019-08-12-12h25m21s325Denver & Rio Grande Western was in a pre- merger state in 1988.

The script is an interesting one. High level of detail. Local history, detailed train movements and such.

vlcsnap-2019-08-12-10h53m09s511Amtrak trains begin this show. Several Amtrak moves, some need a little help. As this California Zephyr does.

vlcsnap-2019-08-12-12h22m21s940Various DRGW freights are shown in the area. A map would have been helpful.

vlcsnap-2019-08-12-11h03m10s546Ringling Brothers Circus train passes by the camera at track speed. The red train!

vlcsnap-2019-08-12-12h22m01s650A GP30 is amoung one in this lash-up. Close-ups and individual call outs, in this scene.

vlcsnap-2019-08-12-12h31m54s697At Soldier Summit, a Rio Grande freight passes a Utah Railway unit coal.

vlcsnap-2019-08-12-12h07m20s333A helper awaits it’s next assignment.

vlcsnap-2019-08-12-12h44m43s372Good to see freight cars in factory paint, at Gilluily. No graffiti on ’88! Buttheads.

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Union Pacific with GE units leading.

vlcsnap-2019-08-12-12h34m43s827Utah Railway is featured, as well. A 23 mile line that hauls coal. Their moves do travel onto the Rio Grande mainline.

vlcsnap-2019-08-12-12h15m46s679Mid train helpers on an 11,000 ton Utah Railway coal train.

vlcsnap-2019-08-12-12h32m34s454Thistle has an interesting story. Learn about a devasting flood, and remarkable line rebuild.

vlcsnap-2019-08-12-12h43m35s466Gilluily has scenic curves and grades. SD45 and F45 engines,  found new jobs on Utah Railway.

vlcsnap-2019-08-12-12h44m58s559Excellent job by Dave Gross, behind the camera.

vlcsnap-2019-08-12-12h31m35s257SD50 are the newest Rio Grande locomotives at this time. Also, their last.

vlcsnap-2019-08-12-10h59m50s865WB Video had a well put together show. Mountainous scenery and those Rio Grande trains are a fine match. 

A no brainier for Rio Grande fans. Should be a good time for everyone else. One of the top WB Video releases.

Rating: 5 Stars

 

 

Heritage Unit Roundup

HUR-DVD

Producer: Pentrex

Timeframe 2015

Locations: SoCal, Chicago, Yuma sub

Length: 1 hour 54 minutes

Pentrex dives into the somewhat boring modern locomotive railroad scene. They seek out those specially painted Heritage units.

These engines were schemes to commererate previous paint jobs or general railroads, as aqquisitions.

Let’s checkout some show highlights.

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As I have little interest in modern railroading. Only what is shown within this show, shall be reviewed. I really do not care what is missing.

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A detailed Chapter Menu highlights the individual UP units, plus a Norfolk Southern general listing.

Dependable Pentrex quality is assured.

Narrative includes some history on predecessor roads.

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Notable locations include: Cajon Pass, Beaumont Hill, Colton, Yuma and more..

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Amtrak has several units, that cover various phases. This scene from Chicago has a Phase One paint scheme.

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UP 1982 is a tribute to Missouri Pacific.

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UP 1983 is Western Pacific. The WP is a long chapter.Numbering is approximate merger years, more or less.

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UP 1988. The red Katy is a sharp looking one!

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UP 1989 wears the Rio Grande.

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UP 1995 in Chicago and Northwestern.

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UP 1996 is heavily featured.

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Why not? The Southern Pacific. One of the most attractive of the group.

Norfolk Southern visitors…

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Savanna and Atlanta, leads on an inbound and outbound move. Many leading Heritage units get paced.

 

A Virginian is buried in a lash-up.

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Pennsylvania is a vintage, eye popper! Nicely paced…

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The double stacks are what these newer locomotives are usually hauling. Endless long trains of container traffic. Yawn.

Heritage Unit Roundup. Pick your favorites. Argue what’s missing. Seems that Pentrex could have included more Eastern. Fine show of these modern diesels. Not my wheelhouse. Perhaps it is yours.

Rating: 4 Stars