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Great American Scenic Railroads

4.2 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

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Product Description

Thundering engines. Billows of steam. The train whistle's haunting wail. The breathtaking scenery. And above all, trains, trains, trains! A must for the millions of rail enthusiasts, this six-disc collection captures the sights and sounds of the classic train experience. Ride historic rail journeys on classic locomotives of steam and steel. Enjoy nostalgic vintage train films. Learn fascinating trivia (the Lake Louise train station in Banff National Park played a role in Dr. Zhivago). This beautifully packaged set is the ultimate collectible for train buffs with one-track minds! Includes: Continental Divide & Donner Summit Rail Journeys; The Surfline & California Western Rail Journeys; The Blue Mountains/Mt. Ranier Rail Journeys; Great Mississippi & Shenandoah Rail Journeys; Durango & Silverton & Cumbres & Toltec Rail Journeys; and Rio Grande & Union Pacific Rail Journeys.

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"Beautifully photographed...sure to appeal to railroading hobbyists... Recommended." -- Video Librarian

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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Questar
  • DVD Release Date: January 13, 2009
  • Run Time: 820 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LRK8BC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,754 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By D. Denny on August 8, 2007
Format: DVD
I love scenic DVDs. I hoped this would be a DVD set that would put me in the seat of various scenic train routes and allow me to ooh and aah at the beautiful sights passing by. However, this DVD package does not do that. Instead, it does something I enjoyed just as much. These DVDs show you detailed footage of day to day operations of various train routes, mostly from outside the train. You will see a little bit of everything including track repairs, snow clearing and such. The quality of the footage is excellent. The narration is perfect. It is detailed but not annoying or full of tech talk that no one but railway fanatics would understand. The sound is also extremely good. Make no doubt, the scenery is beautiful. In fact, most of the footage is what I would describe as awesome. It more than took care of my desire to see scenic footage. This DVD package definitely needs to be part of your collection if you enjoy watching or riding trains. I HIGHLY recommend.
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When I was buying this box set, I was imaging bridges, tunnels, forest, mountains, and a lot of american landscapes. Now my family and I are enjoying it. You can see trains in winter, summer, auttum and spring.
The set includes:
1.- Continental Divide & Donner Summit
2.- The Surfline & California Western
3.- The Blue Mountains& Mt. Rainier
4.- Great Mississippi & Shenandoah
5.- Durango & Silverton adn Cumbres & Toltec
6.- Rio Grande & Union Pacific
If your want to see 12 hours of railroading, this is for you.
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"Great American Scenic Railroads" is a 6-DVD set with about 12 hours of rail video. Each DVD typically contains two one-hour programs. The words "scenic" and "journeys" on the cover suggest passenger and/or excursion trains, but about half of the video is freight operations. That's OK by me, as I like both. The freight action is a mix of vintage and contemporary, and the passenger is a mix of excursion and Amtrak. The video quality is first rate, and the mix of narration and natural sound is quite good. So this collection has a lot of positives.

But this Questar product is--perhaps in its entirety--a remix of previously published material. This fact is not mentioned anywhere in the online details or on the jacket or liner notes. Here's where eight of the twelve hours were previously seen:

"Continental Divide" is Wild Rose Productions' "VIA Rail Across Canada."
"Donner Summit" was previously released by Pentrex.
"Surfline" was released by Video Rails in 1993.
"Blue Mountains" is the first hour from Pentrex's "The Blue Mountains Combo."
"Great Mississippi" is an edited portion of Pentrex's "Winter on the Upper Mississippi.
"Shenandoah" is in part the Pentrex video "Winchester and Western."
"Rio Grande" and "Union Pacific" are both Pentrex products.

In some cases, the video footage credits the prior publisher; but in other cases there is no such credit.

Don't get me wrong....the video is of high quality, and this is an excellent "collection." After all, Pentrex, Video Rails, and Wild Rose do great work. But I would have appreciated being told in advance that this collection "contained previously-released video."

If you already have a modest railfan library, be prepared to duplicate some of your current holdings. This risk of duplication makes the video less a bargain than it might have been.
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Great American Scenic Railways. That title conjoured up an image for my wife and I that meant we were going to be getting our hands on something we, being a couple who have found we enjoy boat and rail sightseeing excursions, could put to good use as a vacation planning guide. How wrong we were. If, however, you're a rail-fan, Someone whose main focus is trains, train cars, yards, and rails, this set is probably a winner.
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Great for railroad buffs and anyone interested in railroads. The filming and narration are excellent. The pictures are in color. Most of the pictures were taken in the 1970's and 1980's. The filming allows plenty of time to view the trains and is somewhat tranquil.
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The video itself was done very well. My disappointment was in the fact that it was more history of the trains and the camera was aimed more on the train than on the scenery. It never showed or maybe very little footage from inside the train looking out the window at the view. The inside view was focused on the workings of specialized compartments. I wanted to see the view. It wasn't worth the money i paid in my opinion! Sorry
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LOADS of trains...current & no longer in business railroads. Beautiful scenery. A few minor errors in narration concerning direction of travel but definitely worth adding to your collection if you're a train zealot.
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This was a purchase for my husband as a Christmas gift and he hasn't yet seen the entire collection but it's a wonderful set. Not only is the packaging beautiful, so is the scenery on these DVD's and you can't beat such a great price!
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