Producer: Bill Brown
Locations: Flagstaff, Winslow, Seligman, Kingman, Canyon Diablo, Ash Fork, AZ. Needles, CA.
Length: One Hour
Source: Dave Gross
Santa Fe across Northern Arizona. A secondary feature is the Peavine Line towards Phoenix. Plenty of scenic views which may surprise those unfamiliar with Arizona. It’s various terrain, vegetation and elevations.
This is a pro shot video throughout. I have not witnessed a substandard frame in the whole program. Kudos to WB Video for the quality in this area!
The one cavaet is that; this film has not been transferred to modern standards. In effect, everything looks a little soft on a modern screen. Too bad, as this dates the show.
Audio is also, professional and smoothly done. Everything is well-balanced.
Rege Cordic sounds like a seasoned veteran on the microphone.
Script is thought out, as well. Sometimes it is very simplistic. Perhaps, the writer did not want to lose viewers in railroad technicalities. Being an old release. Fine for it’s era.
The show does lack any maps. No chapter menu either. Not a huge loss on this particular program regarding maps. It pretty much travels East to West. The one deviation is the Southern line to Phoenix.
Does not travel all the way to Phoenix. Goes to around Williams. Maybe, it is still the Seligman Sub territory. Though not mentioned.
Santa Fe had rebuilt much of their earlier power by this time. Viewers will see mainly second generation EMD units. Some General Electric, as well. New third generation diesels are beginning to appear.
Freight trains are well into the standardization era. Less interesting than previous decades. Still, some box cars and general freight cars in service, sans graffiti. So, good times!
Mainline traffic is predominantly intermodal. Piggybacks and containers.
Pre-merger Kodachrome SF units are fairly common. The end of train device has nearly replaced the caboose.
Beautiful Arizona scenery is a visual attraction for the Seligman Sub.
The Peavine Line takes the Santa Fe southbound to Phoenix. As stated, this show does not go to the city.
Santa Fe had attractive stations. This one at Kingman, Arizona.
Our tour concludes in Needles, California. A former Harvey House that is now the location for a crew change point.
As other ex: Harvey Houses are shown. There is some history provided. A little more information would have been welcome. Although this is easily obtained. Interesting to seek out, if you are unfamiliar with Harvey House!
WB Video has a solid program in Santa Fe’s Seligman Sub. Chief concern, is the overall softness on a larger, modern sreen.
It is a well produced train video. Suitable for family viewing. Excellent for: Railfans, Model Railroaders and those interested in Arizona.
Santa Fe – All the Way!
Rating: 4 Stars