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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Goldhill Home Media
  • DVD Release Date: July 7, 2000
  • Run Time: 170 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004XMUC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,303 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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An incredible resource for railroad and history buffs, Western Railroading looks at historic trains and railroads such as Colorado's Georgetown Loop, the Grand Canyon Railway, Northern California's Big Trees Narrow-Gauge Railroad, Western California Railroad, and the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad while exploring the emergence of railroads as a binding force in American history. With the help of interviews with historians and railroad experts, legends and folklore are explored as well as the mechanics and maintenance of locomotives. Special segments include train safety and air brake operations, a how-to guide on operating steam and diesel locomotives, and modern freight train operations. The DVD's special features include Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, digital railroad sound selections that make fun use of Surround Sound, and Internet links. --Erik Macki

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 12, 2001
If you want to spend money on a tourist train infomercial this is a good set(I bought east and west in one set). If you were planning a tourist train ride and want a sampler of what is our there this CD set would get you started. Great footage, scenes, maps, times etc. A very good job and a lot of information with wonderful people.
OK now why do I hate it.
Simply, not enough trains and locomotive shots, if you are into trains,trains,trains, you might as well try to use this set to replace your worn out frisbees.
There are way too many interviews, talking heads, stupid tourist scene shots, wasted footage on kids heads, old peoples heads,hungry people, more people. They should have called this "Pictures of people who like trains"
I really dont want to spend my money on a train CD that shows repeated footage of people being fed cheap food in a cafeteria. How about this... the inside of a bunch of offices, with more talking heads. They could have used space for some really good stills etc.
Some of the train engineer interviews are good, and the video conversion is decent, but there is too much "tourist filler ugly wasted moronic footage" and not enough great train footage, if you have ever seen good train videos.
How many people do we have to look at in each section,wasnt this supposed to be about trains??
Sorry, but this is a canned production that would make a Disney hype package look amatuerish on any day,but if you are wanting to take a train trip......then buy this..... it is superb, you could probably find more faster on the Web, and not have to suffer through all the people shots,but it is a great tourist CD package. The side shots of trains being worked on are ok first time around but that becomes filler too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Koolasky on August 3, 2006
...an episode was selected off this disc at random (Grand Canyon Railroad) and by studying both screen seconds and total shots, I found that a ridiculous ONE-THIRD of the show had tourists as the obvious focus of attention, i. e. "cute" kids, elderly people, people looking out of windows, etc... On top of that, the steam locomotive in action recieved only about 5.5 minutes out of the show's 30-minute running time, which is about ONE-FIFTH of the show. Excuse me???

When neither of those things are on screen, it's mostly talking heads. One or two of the speakers are good -focusing on the railroad's history - but the others were terrible - in paticular a conductor who won't stop gushing about "the smiles on peoples' faces" and how "if they're happy, I'm happy."

From my statistics, it's obvious why these shows were produced - simply as giant, half-hour long commercials. That's not a bad thing if you're planning a family vacation, but if you're here to see steam locomotives, turn elsewhere. If that's the case, I highly recommend the far more professionally made Pentrex videos instead of this gettaway-planner schlock.
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By Bear Man on July 2, 2014
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Good DVD for a Rail Fan
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