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D-001 Steam Giants Across America Madacy Entertainment From the liner notes:

There is probably no greater thrill than to witness one of the massive articulated or Mallet type steam locomotives whooshing by at high speed with 100 or more cars, or blasting a column of smoke skyward on a long freight drag up a steep grade.

Now you can experience this exciting action across America in the 40s and early 50s in stereo sound and in full color. Some of the nations finest 16mm rail fan photographers such as Robert Flack, Emery Gulash, Tom Strid and Jerry Carson have collaborated to bring you one of the most fascinating collections of steam featuring action from Union Pacific, Duluth Missabe & Iron Range, and Norfolk & Western.

As an added bonus this program contains scenes of the last runs of Norfolk & Westerns #1218, and double headed action with Union Pacifics 8444.

Includes (in addition to the feature): Interactive Trivia Game Animated Scene Index call up any scene at the push of a button

Famous Railways Famous Trains Train Robberies Color/60 minutes Dolby Digital Sound

D-002 Twilight of Steam Madacy Entertainment From the liner notes:

Some of the most exciting steam action ever offered on videosteam from the 60s and early 70s. Most of these locomotives are either still active, or available for viewing in various parts of the country.

Through the 16mm camera of Bill McClellan youll witness superb color photography of the following steam locomotives: 4-6-2 Candadian Pacific #127, 2-10-0 Strasburg #90, 0-6-0 Conway Scenic Railroad # 47, 2-8-0 Morris County Central #385, 2-8-0 #382 and 0-6-0 #4039 (the latter in winter snow!), 4-8-4 Reading 2100 and 2102 doubleheaded!!, the Reading 4-8-4 in Delaware & Hudson style, Canadian National 4-8-4 #6218 Canadian Pacific 4-6-4T #47, and the Steamtown 2-6-0 #89. A fantastic collection of steamers running on mainlines of the East and the 2100 and 2102 doubleheaders flying by at close to 60 miles per hour!

Includes (in addition to the feature): Interactive Trivia Game Animated Scene Index call up any scene at the push of a button Famous Railways Famous Trains Train Robberies Color/60 minutes Dolby Digital Sound

D-003 Steam in The 50s And 60s Madacy Entertainment From the liner notes:

New! Never before released! Incredible video from original 16mm negative film from the collection of Tom A. Strid. You will see Union Pacific Big Boys, Duluth Missabe & Iron Range articulateds as well as more steam in other parts of the country, from 4-8-8-4 to 2-8-0s. Beautifully photographed and in full color! Includes (in addition to the feature): Interactive Trivia Game Animated Scene Index call up any scene at the push of a button

Famous Railways Famous Trains Train Robberies Color/60 minutes Dolby Digital Sound

Program is the same as Clear Signal cat. no. 908, Steam in the 1950s and Early 1960s by Green Frog. Video and audio are greatly enhanced in DVD format.

D-004 Runaway Trains Simitar From the liner notes:

Witness the devastation unleashed by Runaway Trains, as the worlds most tragic rail catastrophes are examined in this powerful documentary. She the way the accidents really happened through incredible computer-animated recreations. Learn how railroads are adapting new technologies to improve safety and reduce the risk of fatal collisions.

Incredible on-site footage tells the horrifying tale of destruction caused when: a one hundred car freight train plows into a sleepy suburban subdivision; a crowded commuter train meets and intercity passenger train head on; a passenger train rear ends a stalled commuter train and the wreckage lands in the path of an oncoming express.

Includes interactive menus, scene access, movie factoids, and dolby digital 5.1 52 minutes

D-005 Live Steam In Florida 2002 Green Frog From the liner notes:

Lockhart & Lake Forest: Bob Zuckerman has built almost 1000 feet of track on his own property, and the layout provides great action as the tracks roam around his home. Also included: Bobs fine railroadiana collection.

Manatee Central Railroad: The video taken covers Larry Smiths property, who jointly operates with two other landowners. Tunnels, steaming bay, view of inside machine shop, long runs, passing sidings, a lake and many bridges featured.

Ridge Live Steamers: Richard Doblers operations, located in Central Florida on an old orange grove. Long bridges, fast track, a steaming bay, as well as great operation featuring long trains on 2600 feet track, plus additional 4000 feet and sidings and yards.

Largo Central Railroad: Largest operation visited during this whirlwind tourlocated in Largo, Florida. Club features 1.2 mile of mainline track in beautifully landscaped Largo Central Park. Great steaming bays, a large yard, junctions, stations, and passing sidings are featured. Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo Chapter search Running time 60 minutes

D-006 Steam Shortlines of the South Madacy Entertainment From the liner notes:

A fantastic collection of 15 steam operated railroads in the South. Shot in the 50s and early 60s on 16mm film and in exquisite color, this collection is sure to captivate the most ardent of rail fans. Included in this fabulous collection are 0-6-0s, 2-6-2s, 2-8-0s and even Shays!

Railroads included are: Moscow, Camden & San Augustine RR, Bonhoime & Hattiesburg Southern, Morehead and North Fork Buffalo Creek & Gauley, Virginia Blue Ridge, Tweetsie Railroad, E.T.&W.N.C., North American Rayon, Brimstone RR, Kentucky & Tennessee Mobile & Gulf, Savannah & Atlantas #750

Includes (in addition to the feature): Interactive Trivia Game Animated Scene Index call up any scene at the push of a button Famous Railways Famous Trains Train Robberies Dolby Digital sound 40 minutes This program is the same as Clear Signal no. 1504, Steam Shortlines of the South Green Frog

D-007 Steam Across the Pacific Northwest Pentrex From the liner notes:

Thrill to the sight of Big Steam conquering the Pacific Northwest as SP Daylight 4449 takes to the rails once more!

The mighty 4449 was painted black with BNSF decals to head up a BNSF Employee Appreciation Special in July. Running excursions over former Burlington Northern trackage, the Daylight treated enthusiastic throngs of spectators to the sights and sounds of thundering steam power. Pentrex was on the spot, capturing exciting scenes throughout the trains extensive route. Starting in Vancouver, Washington, we follow the train across the state and into British Colombia, Canada, and Idaho, visiting the cities of Tacoma, Seattle, Everett, Bellingham, and Vancouver, B.C. A special highlight is a ride aboard the train along the Puget Sound, from Balmer Yard in Seattle to Everett. Youll see the EAS travelling over Stevens Pass what an awesome sight that is! and at the Skykomish and exciting Cascade Tunnel. Travelling eastward, the train stops at Wenatchee and Spokane, then crosses the long bridge over Lake Pend Oreille on its way to Sandpointe, Idaho. Dozens and dozens of runbys fill the screen with scenic images of steam railroading. Theres also plenty of freight and passenger train action along the route, including Amtraks Talgo trains.

100 minutes, with the option of watching the program with or without narration

D-008 Steam Photo Freights and Passenger Extras Pentrex From the liner notes:

Return to yesteryear and thrill to the sight of steam locomotives hauling vintage freight equipment! Hop aboard passenger trains operated especially for photographers! These trains stop at scenic and usually inaccessible locations where passengers disembark, set up their cameras while the trains back down the line, and then get spectacular action shots as the trains steam past their cameras. At the Heber Valley Railroad in Utah and the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad in Maryland, hard-working steamers pull freight equipment including boxcars, tank cars and coal hoppers. This is the first photo freight operated by steam locomotive #75 since being acquired and overhauled by the Heber Valley. On the Cass Scenic Railroad in West Virginia, old logging equipment is hauled by Shay locomotives to emulate the lines heritage. Shay #11 is making its first outing since being converted from oil to coal. In Colorado, the Durango & Silvertons annual Photographers Special makes stops at locations deep in the Animas River Canyon where access is normally impossible. Recently-acquired locomotive #483 is a thrill to see in operation. Enjoy the excitement of steam railroading performed in the timeless traditions of the past!

96 minutes Chapter menu Watch with or without narration.

D-009 BNSF-TRACKS OF THE OLD SANTA FE Green Frog From the liner notes:

From Green Frogs professional photographer, Rich Scheid comes a beautiful DVD on the BNSF...this one following the old Santa Fe line from Cajon Pass Summit through Victorville and on to Barstow, California. Well see the large classification yard and the newly restored depot. Then on to Needles, California and, Topock where the BNSF crosses the Colorado River. Next we visit locations such as Yuca as well as other beautiful desert locations shot in the low winter light and setting sun! Then well thoroughly explore Arizonas Kingman Canyon. Next well visit Kingman, Arizona along old Route 66. Well follow the old Santa Fe tracks through Walapai, Hackberry, Valentine, and Seligman. Then on to Williams, Arizona and up the old Santa Fe branch line to the Grand Canyon Railroad and visit the seven wonders of the Grand Canyon.

60 Minutes Audio select narration On/Off Chapter Search Dolby Sound

D-010 Santa Fe Odyssey Volume 1 Green Frog From the liner notes:

The action on this DVD is a result of many railfan trips by the noted rail photographer Emery Gulash, although none of the trips were devoted exclusively to the Santa Fe railroad. Emery captured enough 16mm color film to produce an incredible chronology of the Santa Fe covering a period of almost 30 years! From 1952 until 1980, Emery shot the Santa Fe from Chicago to the west. The DVD displays the Santa Fe FT freight units, the PA passenger power, and a variety of switchers and road trains. The Warbonnet paint scheme and the change to the Santa Fe blue scheme is also covered in this chronology. There are a great number of incredible shots of the famous passenger fleet, interspersed with freights over a vast portion of the line.

This production has been totally re edited from original masters for both Video and Audio!

2 hours 10 minutes All special features plus motion map, time tables, etc. Dolby Digital Surround Sound

D-011 Great American Scenic Railroads Rio Grande & Union Pacific Pentrex From the notes:

Great American Scenic Railroads, Rio Grande, and Union Pacific Steam Special. Two 60-minute videos produced by Pentrex and issued by Questar. Part of a 12 part series. Rio grande - Coal trains, passenger trains, freight trains and winter ski specials all included in this look at the Rio Grande Western tackling the grades of Tennessee Pass and the Colorado Rockies Front Range. Spectacular scenery! Union Pacific - Climb aboard for the whistle-blasting celebration of UP's 40th anniversary Steam Excursion, May 17, 1953. Challenger No. 3967 is featured in this trip from Cheyenne to Denver and back. Excellent video with great footage!

116 minutes

D-012 Steam To Spokane SP&S 700 Pentrex From the liner notes:

After years of being on display in Portland, Oregon, the Spokane, Portland & Seattle 700 steam locomotive was brought back to life! This "Queen of Steam" put on a fabulous excursion on its home rails in April of 2001. Her shiny black paint and yellow lettering dazzled young and old alike as she traveled between Vancouver, Washington and Spokane.

You will see the 4-8-4 Northern-type locomotive pull 18 cars through the awe-inspiring Columbia River Gorge and the rolling wheat fields and pine forests of Washington. The huge locomotive is seen at such scenic locations as North Bonneville, Pasco, Providence Hill, Sprague Lake, Latah Junction, and many others. You will also see the train arriving in the town of Ritzville, where a special celebration was staged for its arrival.

The 700's crew left passengers and photographers breathless, performing awesome run-bys with plenty of smoke, whistle, and speed! Here's your opportunity to experience one of the most beautiful steam locomotives traveling through some of the most spectacular areas of the Pacific Northwest. From rain to sunshine, including a few interesting surprises, this trip has it all!

See photos from this exciting journey in our Photo Gallery.

DVD Special Features:

Two stereo soundtracks, one with the natural train sounds, the other with narration added. The viewer can switch the narration on or off at any time.

Chapter Menu provides instant access to program segments.

Three minutes of additional footage from Day 2, when a diesel helper was added on the point. This footage is not included in the VHS version.

63 Minutes - In Color with Stereo Sound and Narration

D-013 Above the Rails Combo DVD Pentrex From the liner notes:

Here are two shows that lift you up into the skies above Southern California for an incredible look at railroading as you've never seen it before!

Both great programs are now available on one DVD.

Above Southern California Rails (42 Minutes) Get ready for the ultimate railfan video as Pentrex takes you into the skies to experience Southern California railroading as it's never been seen before! Climb aboard a jet helicopter loaded with state-of-the-art, gyro-stabilized video equipment. Then soar skyward to enjoy sweeping panoramas, pace speeding locomotives, and get incredible aerial views of long curving trains.

Skim over the blue Pacific Ocean as we follow Amtrak trains and BNSF freights along the "Surf Line" near San Clemente. Check out the newly-rebuilt BNSF yards in San Bernardino and examine UP's West Colton Yard. Race the Talgo trainset as it travels through the Los Angeles area. Then swing over to the harbor area for a bird's-eye view of container operations and the brand new coal facility.

The weather is crystal clear and there are plenty of trains to be seen. You'll marvel at the ultra-smooth, incredibly close, breathtaking photography as our helicopter cruises above these fast freight and passenger trains. This video offers a perspective like no other!

Above 3751 Over Cajon (75 Minutes) Join Pentrex for a fantastic video experience! Santa Fe steam engine 3751 traveled over Cajon Pass as it moved from Los Angeles to Sacramento to attend Railfair '99. Pentrex was there to document this incredible journey, with multiple camera crews capturing every highlight of famous Cajon Pass. As always, the handsome 3751 put on quite a show!

Our coverage begins as the engine and tender are pulled out of the Redondo Junction Roundhouse in preparation for the trip. Then the big day arrives when the special train rolls out of Los Angeles, through Santa Ana Canyon, and on toward San Bernardino. Pentrex cameras are in the air, aboard the train, and on the ground showing this mighty locomotive from every angle. Nowhere else can you find such outstanding shots of a steam locomotive at work! Highlights include spectacular views of Sullivan's Curve, Mormon Rocks, the climb up to Summit, Mojave Narrows, and fast running across the high desert to Barstow.

This video will give you a completely different perspective of Cajon Pass. Our jet-powered helicopter with state-of-the-art broadcast equipment allows you to pace alongside the 3751 and hover over freight trains as they meet the steam special. You're railfanning from the ultimate chase vehicle!

DVD Special Features:

Two stereo soundtracks, one with the natural train sounds, the other with narration added. The viewer can switch the narration on or off at any time.

Chapter Menu provides instant access to program segments.

117 Minutes

D-014 B&O Odyssey Volume 2 Pentrex From the liner notes:

Linking 13 Great States with the Nation - that was the slogan of the B&O Railroad. Step back to the 1960s to see what made the Baltimore & Ohio one of the all-time great railroads!

The odyssey resumes in Michigan, shortly after B&O had merged with the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway. Motive power and rolling stock of both railroads are frequently seen intermingled. We catch the Cincinnatian and other passenger trains on the C&O route between Detroit and Toledo, including the towers at Wayne Junction, Romulus, and Carleton.

Moving east we visit Connellsville, Pennsylvania and Brunswick, Maryland where freight traffic is heavy. Motive power includes F-units and brand new GP30s. At Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, perhaps the most scenic spot on the B&O, we see both passenger and freight trains making their daily runs. Coal movements are captured at Hancock, West Virginia. Returning westward we enjoy freight action in Pennsylvania and Ohio, then return to Michigan for lots more passenger action.

Volume 2 of B&O Odyssey, which covers the years 1965 to 1968, is the second in a multi-volume series based on the works of noted railroad photographer Emery Gulash. Collect the whole series!

DVD Special Features:

Two stereo soundtracks, one with the natural train sounds, the other with narration added. The viewer can switch the narration on or off at any time.

Chapter Menu provides instant access to program segments.

60 Minutes In Color with Appropriate Sound and Narration

No region code; can be played in any NTSC DVD player worldwide

Packaged in Sturdy Vinyl Clamshell Case

Produced by Pentrex 2002

D-015 Train Meets Double The Action Pentrex From the liner notes:

We all feel pretty lucky when we're able to photograph two trains meeting each other. Sometimes it's the result of careful planning, but more often it's just plain luck. Over two years went into the filming of Train Meets-Double The Action, and the results are simply spectacular! Every scene gives you two trains meeting or passing each other.

All the sites shown here are located in Southern California. The majority are on Cajon Pass, a dynamite setting for exciting train action. You'll see side-by-side running as the trains battle the grades of Cajon, always a thrilling sight. Each locale is identified by on-screen graphics, but not until you've had a chance to see if you can figure out the exact location first!

There's a huge variety of motive power and equipment to be seen. BNSF locomotives in Heritage II colors are plentiful. You'll also see motive power in various paint schemes from Union Pacific (including the new UP design with the American flag proudly waving), Southern Pacific, Santa Fe, Burlington Northern, Cotton Belt, CSX, and others. Doublestacks, piggybacks, autoracks, mixed freight, and some passenger trains are shown.

The trains do the talking in this show, as there is minimal narration to interfere with the throaty growls of hardworking engines or squealing flanges. On-screen graphics keep you well informed about the locations you see. All four seasons of the year are represented, even winter scenes showing snow on Cajon. With the camera poised to catch the movements from interesting angles and meets galore, this is one show every railfan should see!

DVD Special Feature:

Chapter Menu provides instant access to program segments.

48 Minutes

In Color with Stereo Sound

Produced by Lamanda Park Productions 2002

D-016 Daylight Freedom Special Pentrex From the liner notes:

In March 2002, Daylight 4449 returned to the rails for the Columbia-Deschutes Special, a 2-day excursion that took the mighty steamer through the scenic wonderlands of the Columbia River Gorge and the Deschutes River Canyon. Making the trip even more remarkable was the Daylight's patriotic paint scheme: the elegant steamer was repainted for this trip in the same glorious red, white and blue colors she wore during her American Freedom Train tours of 1975-1976.

The Columbia River Gorge and Deschutes Canyon provided outstanding settings for the magnificent locomotive and her Freedom Train colors. The Deschutes River Canyon is an inaccessible and visually stunning site where canyon walls rise 2,200 feet up from the tracks. 4449 looked gorgeous in her revisited colors, pulling former Amtrak "Heritage Fleet" and Northwest Rail Museum Daylight cars, unassisted by diesel helpers!

Leaving Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington, the Daylight traveled the north bank of the Columbia River for 110 miles. Then, turning south, she continued to Bend, demonstrating her awesome power. Highlights include fantastic pacing sequences, high bridge crossings, and an added segment showing the Daylight in all her different paint schemes!

DVD Special Features:

Bonus footage: The 1976 Interurban Press film The American Freedom Train (25 minutes) is included on the same DVD!

Two stereo soundtracks, one with the natural train sounds, the other with narration added. The viewer can switch the narration on or off at any time. (This feature is not available on the bonus film.)

Chapter Menu provides instant access to program segments.

60 Minutes (plus 25 minute bonus film)

In Color with Stereo Sound and Narration

Produced by Pentrex 2002

D-017 Fallen Flags Series Combo DVD Pentrex From the liner notes:

Here, combined on one Combo DVD, are two shows presenting your favorite fallen flags. These programs were filmed during the 1960s and 1970s at two of the country's railroading hot spots: Chicago and the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul.


Pentrex takes you back to the golden days of Minneapolis/St. Paul railroading in this, the third in its popular Fallen Flags Series. All the footage in this presentation was shot during Spring of 1970, just after the merger of Burlington Route, Great Northern, and Northern Pacific which formed the Burlington Northern. All the railroads shown here are Fallen Flags: Soo Line; Minneapolis, Northfield & Southern; Chicago & North Western; Burlington Northern; Rock Island; and Milwaukee Road.

A wide variety of locomotive types can be seen, including Alco, GE, Baldwin, EMD, a Fairbanks-Morse, a rare Baldwin DT-6-2000 centercab switcher, and an unusual home-built electric switcher. You'll view locomotives painted in predecessor colors (Burlington Route, Great Northern, Northern Pacific, and Chicago Great Western) as well as in the paint schemes of the featured roads.

This nonstop parade of equipment is seen at Shoreham Yard, Glenwood Junction, Westminster Tower, Belt Yard, St. Paul ("Pigs Eye") Yard, Dayton's Bluff Yard, St. Paul Union Depot, Inver Grove, and the now-defunct Koppers Coke Plant with its custom electric switcher. A final highlight is a ride in a dome car on the Morning and Afternoon Zephyrs to experience the sights between the Twin Cities. It's a fascinating and nostalgic journey!


This incredible compilation is based on 8mm color films taken by noted railroad photographer Dick Wallin during the 1960s and '70s. Featured are these historic railroads:

Baltimore & Ohio

Belt Railway of Chicago

Burlington Northern

Canadian National

Chesapeake & Ohio

Chicago, Burlington & Quincy

Chicago & Eastern Illinois

Chicago & North Western

Chicago Great Western

Chicago River & Indiana

Chicago South Shore & South Bend

Elgin, Joliet & Eastern

Erie Lackawanna

Grand Trunk Western

Great Northern

Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Illinois Central

Indiana Harbor Belt

Louisville & Nashville

Milwaukee Road


New York Central

Northern Pacific

Norfolk & Western

Penn Central

Pennsylvania Railroad

Rock Island

Santa Fe

Seaboard Coast Line



early Amtrak

Enjoy rare scenes filmed during the changing seasons at the best train watching locations throughout the Chicago area and into Northern Indiana. You'll see and amazing variety of motive power, from classic diesels to the latest in '70s motive power, heading up a terrific mix of freight and passenger trains, including the Broadway Limited, Empire Builder, Hiawatha, San Francisco Zephyr, City of New Orleans, and more. (84 Minutes)

The two programs on this DVD take you on an incredible journey into the heart of American railroading!

DVD Special Features:

Two stereo soundtracks, one with the train sounds, the other with narration added. The viewer can switch the narration on or off at any time.

Chapter Menu provides instant access to program segments.

2 Hours 16 Minutes

In Color with Appropriate Hi-Fi Sound and Narration

Packaged in Sturdy Vinyl Clamshell Case

D-018 The A To Z Of Steam/ Railways Delta From the liner notes:

This comprehensive look at the development of the steam locomotive in Britain begins with detailed narration and an elementary "A to Z" presentation of operations. Then see the mighty Stephenson's Rocket and follow the advancement of the steam locomotive through a nostalgic look at early railway carriages, a rural line, and the sad sight of retired locomotives being scrapped.

B&W/Color 108 minutes

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