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America's Railroads: Steam Train Legacy Embossed Slim-Tin Packaging

Walter P Gravy IV , Don DeNevi , n , a  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Walter P Gravy IV, Don DeNevi
  • Directors: n, a
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory / Timeless Media
  • DVD Release Date: February 5, 2013
  • Run Time: 345 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00A4F5A06
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,804 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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If you like trains, you will love this diverse and fascinating collection of films. These fact-filled documentaries span the history and development of the railroad industry, from the building of the first transcontinental line to the height of steam engine operations during World War II, to the eventual triumph of diesel over steam. Relive the thrill of riding the rails across an ever-changing American landscape and experience the challenges, the romance and the day-to-day operations of America's greatest railroads. Take a nostalgic look back at a classic way of life as we introduce you to the people and machines that built the great American Railroad.

Introductions by noted railroad historians, Walter P. Gray IV and Don DeNevi.

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4.0 out of 5 stars HISTORIC FOOTAGE ABOUT AMERICA'S RAILROADS February 26, 2013
This is a collection of 19 separate films about American railroads. These date from 1897 to the late 1970s, but most are from the mid-1930s to the mid 1950s. The original producers are not always identified; but it appears that most of these films were created as public relations pieces, either by the Association of American Railroads, or by individual railroads. Two were evidently compiled specifically for this 2-disc publication. The others were reproduced from archival footage. The producers explain that they employed modern technology in an effort to achieve the highest quality reproductions; but "some imperfections in image and sound quality are unavoidable." These imperfections are worse in some cases than others, but, in general, the images are comparable to what one might have seen on pre-HD television sets; and the sound is occasionally poor. Each film is preceded by an introduction provided by one of several railroad historians (Walter Gray, Dale Reed, and Don DeNevi). Most of these introductions are helpful. In between films, viewers are regaled with Bluegrass music. Brief descriptions of individual films follow (the times of duration are approximate).

1. Introduction (7 minutes). Footage, narrated by Walter Gray, describes the history of American railroads, including early engines, the transcontinental railroad, technological improvements, the impact of the Depression and World War II, and thereafter.

2. "Last of the Giants" (ca. 1960, 25 minutes, color). This film, produced by the Union Pacific Railroad, explains the quest for more power and the development of articulated steam engines. Its focus is on the Union Pacific's 4-8-8-4 1,250,000-pound "Big Boy" locomotive.

3. "225,000 Mile Proving Ground" (1953, 20 minutes, color).
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