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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, 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: Mill Creek Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 12, 2011
  • Run Time: 756 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004RA7YSU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,105 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A Timeless Journey Riding the Rails!

This comprehensive documentary collection is composed of 36 fascinating features chronicling the development of the railroad industry from the first transcontinental line, freight and Pullman cars, to modern diesel engines. See the people and machines that built the Tracks Across America which is sure to please train enthusiasts old and new.

Including in-depth features chronicling:

Steam Trains
Passenger Trains
Freight Trains
The Nickel Plate Railroad
And much much more!

All Aboard for a Coast-to-Coast Rail Adventure!

Ride along with this nostalgic collection that takes you to a romantic place where steam rises from the dense population centers in the East to the snow-peaked mountains of the West. Go back to the days when trains brought loved ones home to small towns where the American railroad network is still a vital part of their transportation system today. Indeed, it moves more goods than the rest of the world's rails combined. Discover this and other fun facts about an industry that shaped American culture and its economy.

Customer Reviews

Bought it for my Grandpa, he loved it!
Joseph Kelemen
Several of the still photos on the DVD case also feature European equipment.
WILLIAM H FULLER
Definitely would recommend this video and am purchasing more of them.
Kim

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By George H. McDowell on March 7, 2011
Format: DVD
I'm not a shill for the producer of the DVD collection, I actually feel this collection of 'old media' newsreels/industry shorts/propaganda is worth my money.

I even paid more than MSRP on my set and still feel I got my moneys worth. Since these shorts are all 'old media' from the 30's/40's/50's you really can't expect HiDef quality.

There's a lot of work in actually gathering together all these videos into one compilation and then transferring the film work into digital media.

Maybe it's just memories that they bring back to me from 'the day' when I was growing up, but I've really enjoyed watching each and every short on the disks.

I think in total there are about 37 different videos.

Also not being a railroad knowledgeable person, I've learned a lot more about Railroad operations than I ever knew.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By WILLIAM H FULLER on April 14, 2012
Format: DVD
These two DVDs hold a collection of 36 short films originally produced as public relations (read "advertising") creations by a variety of American railroad companies and a few, as I recall, by the Association of American Railroads touting the entire industry. Almost all of these films date from the mid-twentieth century, are generally monochromatic, and, obviously, predate the "high definition" era of twenty-first century film making. The true beauty and wonder of these films are that they are not some sort of modern dramatization, re-creation, or documentary but are the original "real things."

Portrayed as "new, efficient and modern" are intriguing varieties of steam and early-generation Diesel locomotives, not to mention the massive GG-1 electrics of the Pennsylvania Railroad. Now-historic freight and passenger cars appear as stars of modernization, efficiency, and, in the case of passenger equipment, comfort. In no other video collection that I know of can one find such a comprehensive and beautifully-photographed variety of vintage locomotives and cars, especially in new, pristine condition.

One rather peculiar aspect of these DVDs is that the "wallpaper" background that one sees on the main menu "page" features a distinctly European steam locomotive with no connection whatsoever to the "America" featured in the collection's title! Several of the still photos on the DVD case also feature European equipment. These anomalies suggest that Mill Creek Entertainment, the producer, may have less than an perfect concept of the subject matter. I mention these inexplicable peculiarities only because of their weirdness; in no way does their presence lessen one's enjoyment of the actual films.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Terry A. Strother on May 2, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Granted this is a compilation of corporate productions and advertising, however if you love trains as I do and would like a peak into a better, slower more innocent era get this disk. You will not regret it!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John P. Morris on March 23, 2013
Format: DVD
Time can often find new and unintended uses for things. A half century ago and longer the railroad industry produced short films on various aspects of their business. These were intended for schools or as fillers between double features at local movie houses. Because these little gems were done as well as they were, they hold up and have even taken-on an importance perhaps none involved in their making foresaw. More than providing a nostalgic trip back for devotees of railroadiana, these shorts have acquired nothing less than their place in the telling of history. By re-viewing the industriousness and spirit of invention which spurred the most remarkable of all societies and created the rarest ethos, these shorts remind or teach us that we have a great deal to consider regarding what has been lost to us. From the casual to the devoutly interested observer of railroading, there is a great deal here to learn from the body of these little stories.
Taken as a whole, "Tracks across America" is an assemblage of multifarious parts, many of which were produced independently of the others; and when all have been placed into the grid, they complete a complex organism we call the railroad.
There is something here akin to "I, Pencil: my family tree," published in 1958 by Leonard Read (1898-1983). Much like this account, which takes a simple object (a pencil) and reverses its existence through an unexpected tapestry of unrelated industries and points-of-fabrication, "Tracks across America" depicts one aspect after another in the running of a rail line, including many and diverse supporting industries. As our eyes are opened to the staggering number of moving parts to a single business, we discover a new or deeper respect for the men and women who made the railroad go. More than this, how their labors, and the might of the railroads, transformed a loosely tied society into a nation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Easy 1 on February 17, 2013
Format: DVD
I give this DVD set a 5 if for no other reason than it has so much info. I have been collecting DVDs for a long time and in the process have a lot of RR documentaries. I don't know of another DVD or set that has this many programs in one place.
Of course, I am assuming you like dated documentaries, because all of these are. Also, it is interesting to see the 'computerized' ticketing and the RR ability to adapt and modernize.
Two episodes stand out: "Snow on the run" and "Last of the giants". The former shows rail crews clearing snow in the Sierra Mountains and the latter has good footage of 'Big Boy'. Pentrex produced
'Last of the Giants' and put out a set of 3-VHS tapes that goes into a lot of detail and has interviews with the old timers. This episode is the entire volume one which is the best, in my estimation. I am sure if you are a rail fan, you will enjoy this 2-disc set.
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