by Highball Productions 59 mins * colour * hifi sound * narrated
Cisco is the point in the Fraser River Canyon where CN & CP cross each other and the Fraser on big steel trestles. This highly scenic location sees plenty of trains from both carriers, CN in particular running some huge freights. Directional running is now the norm, with westbounds on CP and eastbounds on CN. Two days of trains!
The perfect place to go railfanning. If you cannot make it in person, Highballs excellent production gives you a feeling of being there. Pull up your seat and get transported along with freight to this very special area.
by Highball Productions
72 mins * colour * hifi sound * narrated
The six unique Morrison-Knudson Caterpillar engined 5000 hp MK 5000C's now spend their lives on the Utah railway, dragging heavy coal trains up the steep grades and through the twisting curves of the Price River Canyon on their way to conquering Soldier Summit. These big units look and sound different, so join us as we chase them up and down the canyons of Utah's famed route over Soldier Summit. See these unique engines in the dramatic scenery of Utah.
by Machines of Iron 60 mins * colour * hifi sound * narrated
One of the most spectacular portions of BNSF's transcontinental mainline is Marias Pass. The line climbs through the rugged Rocky Mountains Amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the United States.
Machines of Iron traveled from Whitefish, Montana through the Aspen forests and along the banks of the Flathead River.
The weather in Marias is unpredictable and we see it all in this video from bright sunshine to rain and snow.
Trestles, tunnels, high ridges, and natural wonders make this video a must for anyone's collection.
by Highball Productions 90 mins * colour * hifi sound * narrated
Dolton Junction is located about 23 miles south of Chicago's loop. The joint Union Pacific/CSX line crosses the Indiana Harbor Belt and CSX. To the west is the IHB's Blue Island yard with a bridge carrying the Illinois Central over the Belt. The Pennsy's former 'Panhandle' line is abandoned south of the junction and these days sees little traffic north of the junction, primarily the 'Bottle Train' carrying molten steel. The CSX line to Barr Yard is the former Baltimore & Ohio, Chicago Terminal. The UP and CSX south of the junction was formally the Chicago & Eastern Illinois. Our location is the southeast corner of the diamond.
See two days of trains and get a look inside the tower. There are many paint schemes from the four major railroads, plus Canadian Pacific, SOO and the IHB.
A tribute to the best loved paint scheme in America, the classic red & silver Santa Fe "Warbonnet", resurrected in 1989 and applied to freight locos for fast intermodal service. We take a look at this spectacular paint scheme in current service at many favorite railfan locoations on Cajon and Tehachapi Passes and the Mojave and Seligman Subs. We include a brief history of the Warbonet paint and its re-introduction in 1989 and look at the types of locos wearing it
by WB Video Productions 58 mins * colour * hifi sound * narrated
It's the dawn of a new era for the Union Pacific Railroad. With the merger of the Union Pacific and the Chicago & North Western and then the Southern pacific, including the Rio Grande, the Union Pacific has become a new Super Railroad.
The new railroad needs new Superpower and General Electric is happy to oblige with the powerful AC60CW, which generates an incredible 6000 horsepower. This new engine joins other super engines such as the 4,380 horsepower GE C44AC, the 4000 horsepower EMD SD70M and other powerful engines. The old 'Wing's nose herald has returned and is seen on many units.
A variety of power hauls long heavy freights over the UP's busy Nebraska mainline, across the green countryside and picturesque tank towns with their towering grain elevators. This fast paced journey begins at Lodge Pole, NE and works eastward to North Platte and beyond.
by Machines of Iron 90 mins * colour * hifi sound * narrated
In the Summer of 2000 and the Winter and Spring 2001 Machines of Iron crews followed the Union Pacific line through the Blue Mountains from Huntington to Hinkle.
14,000 ton grain and soda ash trains are lifted up the 2.2% grade at 25 mph by 36,000 plus hp through such places as Telocast, LaGrande, Hilgard, Motanic, and Meacham.
Before all the mergers the Blue Mountains were the steepest grades on the Union Pacific. Over the years technology has changed but the Blues haven't. Lots of 'wings' and snow . . . . this is mountain railroading at its finest.
by Rail Innovations 58 mins * colour * hifi sound * narrated
North American railroading is constantly changing, often faster than we are prepared to accept. Mergers have not only redrawn the North American railroad map, but have banished to the history books some of our favorite road names. In addition technology has dramatically changed the look of railroading and the way it is performed.
Cajon Pass and the Tehachapi Mountains, two of the most storied theatres of railroading, have seen their share of change. See the changes 20 years have seen in motive power, stock, paint schemes and operations.
A unique 'then & now' tape professionally shot in both eras, that is sure to stir up memories.
by Highball 105 mins * colour * hifi sound * narrated
Canadian Pacific's Shuswap Sub runs from Revelstoke, British Columbia to Kamloops, through lush forests and alongside sparkling lakes. The line runs through Eagle Pass in the Monashee Mountains, past historic Craigellachie of last spike fame, through the Notch Hill Loop, alongside Shuswap Lake and down the valley of the South Thompson River. Action red locomotives in the spectacular scenery of beautiful British Columbia.
Pine Junction in Gary, Indiana is our #6 hot spot, and what a hot day of railfanning we had, with 75 trains in just over 12 hours, has to be our best day yet! CSX, NS and the EJ&E all come together at Pine, plus we saw power from Conrail, UP, SP, CNW, SOO, CP, BN, BNSF, SF, South Shore and Amtrak, and the "J" has orange, green and ex DM&IR maroon. Meets, overtakings and side by sides, 4 trains at once, this really is a colorful, busy and exciting place.
by Highball Productions 90 mins * colour * narration
Visit 8 states, and see Americas original and long-standing line that helped build the west.
Filmed by 14 different people, this material has pleanty of the unexpected!
Follow UP from the Harriman era to modern times. See the phase-out of steam and the first and second generation diesels. The focal point is the 1960 to 1980 period with the onslaught of mergers in the industry. Visit UP's new WP line for a great mix of trains.
by Charles Smiley Presents 98 mins * colour * narrated
UP & BNSF carry millions of tons of hazardous chemicals from the Houston sub. We see Houstons major centres, Settegast, Tower 87 Englewood, Tower 26, Rosenberg, Belt Junction, Galveston, Tower 15, Alvin, Arcola etc and North Yards unique blue and silver MK1500s.
105 mins * colour * hifi sound * narrated
Through the camera lens of professional photographer Rich Scheid, we'll follow the CN's North American operations from Niagara Falls, New York, across the International bridge and border to Niagara Falls, Canada, then up to Toronto. Next we'll cross the province of Ontario, Canada to Windsor, Ontario, where we'll climb aboard a freight train for a cab ride under the international border to Detroit, Michigan through the Detroit River tunnels.
This DVD has fantastic shots of the Niagara rapids with the spectacular bridge high above the churning white water of the Niagara River Gorge, as well as downtown Toronto and its world famous CN Tower, where we'll see Passenger Trains, Commuters, Street Cars and CN's largest yard (Macmillan Yard.)
Next we'll visit many beautiful Depots on CN's North American operations which cross the rich rolling farmland of southern Ontario Canada. We'll see all types of trains, with a large assortment of power, as well as many passenger trains in this great DVD. by Green Frog Productions * 90 mins * colour * narrated
by Green Frog Productions 90 mins * colour * narrated
Through Green Frog's professional railroad photographer Rich Scheid, we'll visit the Holly and Lakeshore Subdivision's on the old Grand Trunk Western Railroad.
We pick up where we left off on Volume 2 at Pontiac Michigan. We'll head down to the scenic Bloomfield Hills area, including Royal Oak and Detroit visiting locations like Milwaukee Junction, and the Michigan Central Depot at Delray Junction.
Then we'll ride in the engineer's seat for a delivery of a train load of coal at one of the Detroit Edison's coal burning power plants.
Next we'll continue down the Lakeshore Subdivision through Ecorse, Wyondote, Trenton's FN Tower and Junction. Then we'll head to Flat Rock yard at Rockwood, and we'll continue our trip to Monroe, LaSalle, Luna Peir and the end of the line at Toledo, Ohio's Lang yard.
Join us as we visit Canadian National's operations in southern Michigan on the old Grand Trunk Western's Flint and Holly Sub. We start at CN's largest yard in Michigan at Battle Creek. We visit the depot, yard and shops as well as other locations. Next we head east visiting locations such as Bellevue, Charlotte, and Potterville. Then we head to locations around the state capital in Michigan's hot spot junction at Durand, where the Chicago to Port Huron and Toronto meets the Holly Main down to Detroit and the northern Michigan lines to the north. Then we head east through locations such as Flint, Lapeer, Emmet, Imlay City and Port Huron. Finally, we head south from Durand on the Holly Sub through towns such as Fenton and Waterford and finally visit the yard at Pontiac, Michigan.
Join us as we visit Canadian National's operations in southern Ontario and CN's southeastern subsidiary, Grand Trunk, on the Mt. Clement Sub.We visit locations in southern Ontario such as Niagra Falls, London, Kamoka, Strathroy, and then the Lake Huron Port of Sarnia where we visit the CN yard and depot. Next we watch trains go under the International Border through the tunnel under the St. Clair river and visit both portal locations in the U.S. and Canada. Then we stop in the yard at Port Huron, USA and head down the Mt. Clemens Sub visiting locations such as the Pine River crossing, Richmond, New Haven, and Mt. Clemens. Finally we turn south to Detroit and visit Milwaukee Junction and finish with the Detroit Amtrak depot and General Motors world headquarters.
Spectacular action takes us through both summer and winter seasons
In Volume 2 we'll cross Great Northern's other famous mountain pass, Steven's Pass in their quest to reach the Pacific. Green Frog's professional photographer Rich Scheid will take us over the Cascade Mountains of Washington.
We will start this journey in Spokane, Washington and head west through the rolling wheatlands of eastern Washington, through Harrington, Wilson Creek, Ephrata, and the Apple Capital of the world Wenatchee.
Next we'll head up the Cascade Mountains over Steven's Pass stopping at Levenworth, visiting both portals of the famous 8 mile long Cascade Tunnel, then on to Skykomish, the beautiful Mt. Index area, Sunset Falls, Gold Bar, and Startup, Finally ending at the Pacific tide water town of Everett.
Then we'll head south on the old track of the Northern Pacific to Auburn, Cross the Green River, then travel on to Easton, Sumner, and cross the White River, and visit Payallup and location's west, where the spectacular Mt. Raineer looms over head.
We'll visit the port city of Tacoma with its yard and depot, and visit Vancouver, Washington's yard and Depot.
Approx. Run Time 80 Minutes
BNSF Over Marias Pass and Thru Glacier Park
by Green Frog 87 mins * colour * stereo hifi sound * narrated
Follow Green Frog professional photographer Rich Scheid on an incredible railroad adventure through the great Northwest. We'll travel through some of the most spectacular wilderness scenery settled by the Great Northern Railway at the top of the country and now owned and operated by the BNSF.
This tape covers the territory from the western plains at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, through the browning west, thru Blackfoot Indian Country, over the Two Medicine River on the highest trestle on the old Great Northern and onto East Glacier Park. Then we climb over the Continental Divide and the legendary Marias Pass. We will see trains going thru snow sheds and battling the grades of Marias Pass just below the Canadian border. We'll also visit locations like Essex and travel right thru Glacier National Park founded by the Great Northern. This is some of the most ruggedly beautiful country in the USA!
We'll see many trestles, tunnels, and travel along rivers with rapids and canyons to West Glacier Park at Belton, and lastly onto the lumbering towns of Columbia Falls and Whitefish with its beautiful depot.
Approx. 80 minutes...HI-FI stereo audio
by Charles Smiley 1hr 43 mins * colour stereo hifi sound * narrated
Great material from nineteen sources shot in many locations out west. Many surprises such as FM and ALCO demo units and many rare SP diesels and branchlines. Great mainline action with full correct stereo sound. Produced digitally for some great viewing. This programme was designed to portray SP in its finest days from 1942 1975. Special sections of F-units, PAs, E-units, Geeps, SD-9s, Train Masters and U-boats....This is "the way it was!"
Commonly called "The Blues', Oregon's Blue Mountains pose a formidable obstacle to UP trains on this important route to the Pacific North West. This is the La Grande sub which runs from Hinkle OR to Nampa ID, conquering several grades in the process. West of La Grande the line twists and turns through forested mountains with tight curves and a ruling grade which exceeds 2% at times. East of La Grande the line runs through rolling hills covered with ponderosa pine and sage brush. The railroad encouters Encina Hill with its 2.2% grades and the big horseshoe curve near Durkee. This is DPU country with remote controlled helpers.
With its thundering power, this tape will excite you time and time again through every twist and turn. A 'La Grande' tape to have and watch time and time again.
By Highball 90 mins * Colour * Hifi Sound * Narrated
The former GN crossing of Washington's rugged Cascade Mountains is now BNSF's primary Intermodal route to Puget Sound. Power is mostly dash 9s and SD 40-2s. Amtrak appears as does ex-SP 4-8-4 #4449 - in sparkling black livery which we chased over the mountain.
By Highball 90 mins, colour, hifi sound, narrated
The Long Road to Extinction
by Charles Smiley * 67 mins * colour * hifi sound * narrated
See the Milwaukee and its rivals from 1955 to 1978 covering the electrics, diesels and some lingering steam. Plenty of runby and trackside views. Marvel at the GE Box-motors, Bipolars and 'Little Joes' and visit a number of locations
We review the history and technical aspects of the Milwaukee and how they fit in with their rivals and allies. The end of electric railroading and eventually the Pacific extention is covered in the era of great mergers and changes.
Green Frog continues its discovery of the scenic southwest in this Volume 7 of the Union Pacific Super Railroad series. Through the professional digital camera of Rich Scheid we will revisit the rugged and scenic southwest on the Union Pacific. We'll start out in western California at Dunes then east to the Colorado River crossing on both the California and Yuma, Arizona sides of the river. Then we head back to the east through Ligurta, Welton, Dateland, Aztec, and Gila Bend. Next we'll head to the southeast through Piacho and then visit Tucson. Last we will revisit the scenic Ceinega River area east of Tucson.
by Green Frog * 60 mins * Colour * Narrated.
by Highball 120 mins * colour * hifi sound * narrated
Canadian Pacific in the heart of Canada's spectacular Rocky Mountains, between Field, British Columbia and Exshaw, Alberta, including Kicking Horse Pass. They are one of the greatest transportation barriers in the world, have stunning scenery, snow covered mountains and are seen here in some superb weather. In addition to CP's action red SD90MAC's and AC44CW's, we caught a rare Canadian National detour train, the Rocky Mountaineer, and CP's beautiful restored F units on a publicity run of the Royal Canadian Pacific. We take a look at the Spiral tunnels and a good look at one of the most spectacular railfan locations on the continent, Morants Curve.
In Volume 6 of our UP-Super Railroad series, Green Frog visits the Union Pacific as it traverses through the rugged and scenic southwest, with its cactus deserts and rugged mountains. We'll visit the Lordsburg Subdivision, starting in western New Mexico at Lordsburg then west to Gary, Mondel, and Steins.
Next well take you over the pass into Arizona and west through Yannar, Simon, Bowie, and Wilcox. Then travel with us to Fenner, Benson, and Marsh. Then we will thoroughly explore the beautiful and scenic Cienega river valley where each turn brings a different scene.
We then head west to Vail and Tucson. Last we head down to old Mexico on the Nogales branch from Tucson to Nogales Mexico
by Green Frog * 60 mins * Colour * Narrated.
82 mins - Machines of Iron
Stockton Tower was one of the last remaining towers in California. Built in 1943 this interlocking tower guided trains through the busy Stockton area for five decades.
In late 1998 and early 1999 Machines of Iron visited to witness the deactivation of BNSFs Stockton Tower. It controlled the two BNSF mainline tracks, plus the two UP/SP tracks and former WP track that crossed BNSF, together with the connections between the two railroads.
Besides plenty of train action, we go inside the tower to see operations explained by an operator and the new automatic box-of-tricks that replaces it. Witness the actual change over and the final sad sight of the demolishing of the tower.
1965 to 1985
by Charles Smiley
* 90 mins * colour * hifi sound * narrated
The Santa Fe we knew is gone, but the imprint it left on the west is celebrated here on brilliant color film that has been digitized and edited with care. A number of film sources show the late great Santa Fe through a variety of motive power changes that reflect the Santa Fes ability to respond well to an evolving industry. Few roads could compare to their quality of service. They left a positive and lasting impression on the public. The railroad industry in general maintained credibility through their efforts, even in the rough times.
Visit old Cajon, Tehachapi, Mojave, Barstow also Stockton and Pasadena Subdivisions. See LAUPT & other locations with passenger & freight trains. Vignettes from IL, NM & AZ.
UP directional running on main lines in Arkansas. Follow the ex-Missouri Pacific from Texarkana to North Little Rock, the ex-Cotton Belt to Pine Bluff & back to Texarkana. Plenty of heavy freights and lots of older power incl. Alco C420s & a rare GP40X. Also visit Pine Bluff hump Tower.
by Highball Productions * 105 mins * colour * narration
BNSF's Marceline Sub
Burlington Northern Santa Fe mainline between Kansas City & Fort Madison, IA. NS shares the track out of Kansas City and UP has trackage rights. In the fall of 1999 there are lots of 'Premium Heritage' units both on the race track & thro' the scenic wooded hills. Tape full of powerful action.
by Highball 114 mins, colour, Hifi Sound, Narrated
1hr 30 mins CS
A Nostalgic Look at the Southern Pacific San Francisco and Oakland Bay Area. We feature vintage film from five sources to re-create the 1967 to present day railfan experience in the San Francisco and Oakland area. This video will relive the days of FM Trainmasters, Geep-9 GP-40 and SD-45 passenger train operation. See the last of the SP freight on the San Francisco Peninsula with some present action as well. The history of SP and it's predecessors is covered and we also cover the IER, Key System, Ferryboat and Sancramento Northern operations, plus the Oakland Terminal Ry. Early Amtrak operation features SP F7 and Amtrak SDP-40s and the "commute" operations are covered in detail. See the last ALCo RS-32s, S6s and even FM H-12-44 plus numerous EMD first generation locomotives. Fast runbys, very high speed pacing and lots of yard action are featured. We also examine the inner workings of FM opposed piston locomitives used in the fabled Trainmasters.
Old Sacramento - Reno, NV
by Charles Smiley * 90 mins * colour * hifi sound * narrated
We present the many challenges of the Sierra crossing. Filmed over three decades in all types of weather and with every type of train. There's also plenty of contemporary action with some great video camera work.
* Early diesels from 1959 to surviving 'high hoods'.
* Ride a F7 powered train through raging snowstorm.
* See flangers, spreaders and rotary plows.
* Visit the old Roseville Humpyard.
* Regional history and early Central Pacific days.
* History of snowsheds, double tracks & reefer blocks.
* Cab forward pacing and many other surprises.
* Contemporary Donner Pass action in the 90s.
Berea, south of Cleveland, OH one of the busiest places on the Conrail system, now sees many trains from Norfolk Southern & CSX. CSX now owns the Chicago line east of and NS west of Cleveland. With 50 train move-ments in 12 hours this is still a busy and colorful place.
by Highball 65 mins, colour, Hifi Sound, Introduction
This is one of Chicagos hottest Hot Spots. Indiana Harbor Belt, Grand Trunk & CSX all meet with added power from CP, CN, , BNSF, UP with lots of different lease units & Metra. Spend a very interesting day of constant action with Highball as a colorful aray of trains pass by. Excellent
85 mins, colour, Hifi Sound, Introduction
A formidable barrier confronts all trains on the BNSF's main east-west route between Chicago and Los Angeles. Boasting spectacular southwestern scenery, seven majestic bridges and located between Belen and Mountainair, New Mexico . . . it's the rugged and remote ABO CANYON.
Captured in Abo Canyon during a fleeting window of time following the merger of the BN and the Santa Fe, this video features a once in-a-lifetime collection of motive power types and paint schemes. The classic Santa Fe red and silver Warbonnets and the Blues join Burlington Northern green. A new BNSF design reminiscent of the old Great Northern orange and green paint scheme enters the scene. See the Dash 9-44CW, Dash 8-40BW, SD40-2, SD75M and others.
With stunning photography and hard-to-reach locations, WB records history showcasing a combination of power and paint never to be witnessed again. A truly unforgettable piece of American railroading.
Many of you will have seen in the March edition of Trains magazine the article about Abo Canyon and how BNSF is hoping to have a second mainline track squeezed into the New Mexico Gulch. No doubt after it is completed in 2007 we will bring you a new dvd showing the improved line but for now why not see how the singletrack through the canyon operates.
This dvd is offered in this newsletter at a very special price to coincide with the trains article.
by WB Video Productions * 58 mins * colour * narrated
1hr 52mins CS
See SP battle back to respectability in the early '90s on the featured lines to the north and many other great locations. This video has many choice scenes out of hundreds of hours of material to show the great variety of older power and scenic locations. Some of the material used is from film shot in the seventies to balance the presentation. *Modoc Line *Shasta Line *Donner Rotary *Cascade Line.
This video has a parade of power with both old and new mixed with foreign power 'smoking it up'. The second half brings back the caboose and many retired units, plus SP's oscillating full light group and many other surprises.
120 mins by HB
Southern Pacif's, now Union Pacific's gateway to and from Los Angeles basin is over Beaumont Hill. Leaving Colton Yard, trains climb through the orange groves of the scenic Timeteo Canyon to the summit at Beaumont, then drop down grade through the desert to Thousand Palms and on eastwards over the Sunset Route. Taped over two springs and a summer there is still lots of SP power around, plus older UP power, though the merger is really starting to show. This is helper country, usually SD45s, but anything UP owns can be seen over 'The Hill' which often needs helpers in both directions creating lots of powerful action.
90 mins HB
Canadian National's passage through Canada's Rocky Mountains is through Yellowhead Pass. Yellowhead Pass proper is west of the Great Divide in British Columbia, but we followed the Yellowhead route from Hinton, Alberta (mp 184) on the Edson Sub to Taverna BC (mp 20) on the Robson Sub via Red Pass (mp 43) - in June 1999 to bring you splendid images of hard working power in superb scenery. The Canadian, the best looking passenger train around and its baby sister The Skeena, make appearances together with CN's unusual power; cowl body EMDs and GEs and new SD75Is and C44-9Ws.
This is an area of great natural beauty, a great portion of the line being in Jasper National Park.
The description 'superb, magnificent and overwhelming' even though vastly overused cannot adequately do justice to the scenery on CPs Mountain Sub, the line over Rogers Pass.
The line runs through the Rockies and the Selkirks and is a challenge even to today's high horsepower locomotives. It is one of the most difficult places in the world to run a railroad with narrow valleys, steep grades and heavy snowfalls with the attendant risk of avalanches. AC4400s and SD90MACs challenge the grades and big as they are, they are dwarfed by the magnificent snow covered peaks.
The engineering difficulties in building Rogers Pass, CP's crossing of the Continental Divide, were formidable as were the problems facing CP when they built the new line through Rogers Pass (opened May 1989). The sub runs for 125 miles from Field to Revelstoke, British Columbia, through some of the most spectacular scenery on the continent. Shot in June 1999 all the famous locations are seen, including both old and new Stoney Creek bridges, Mount MacDonald and Shaughnessy tunnels.
by Highball Productions 124 mins * colour * narration
BNSF'S MOJAVE SUB.
From Barstow to Bakersfield CA crossing the Mojave Desert and the Tehachapi mountains. Traffic is heavy on the famous loop on which long trains pass over them-selves making for an awesome railfan experience. Both UP/SP & BN/SF mergers in full swing & the line is a riot of colorful locos.
by Highball Productions * 120 mins * colour * narration
BNSF'S NEEDLES SUB
Enjoy the magic from Barstow to Needles thro' rugged, inhospitable unpopulated wilderness.The magic of magnificent mountain backdrops, wide open vistas, gleaming red & silver warbonnets, orange & green heritage. Trains snaking across desert and slamm ing past the camera at track speed.
by Highball Productions * 120 mins * colour * narration
Toronto Union TRAINS & TOWERS
Explore the fascinating world of interlocking towers, and then train movements at Toronto Union Station. With three towers, a multitude of daily trains and one mighty busy station, the people of the Toronto Terminals Railway are constantly active.
Visit with the Train Movement Director in each of the three towers, and learn exactly how an interlocking tower works. Then go trackside to watch the action. See how snow affects train operations and just what measures are used to keep snow-clogged switches operating.
You'lI see VIA Rail, GO Transit, Amtrak, and CN trains, all controlled by the TTR's three interlocking towers. These are the last of their kind in Canada, and among the very few surviving interlocking towers in North America. 51 mins
The Canadian WORKING No.1
Behind the scenes of VIA's 'Canadian', trains No.1 & 2: From the classic stainless steel equipment to the proud and dedicated personnel, the 'Canadian' is in a class of its own. Making and keeping the 'Canadian' the success that it is takes more than just scenery and equipment though, and 'Working No.1' will show you what a great effort a large, often unseen group of people make towards the train's worldwide reputation for First Class rail travel.
See the overnight maintenance operations necessary to prepare No. 1 for its Toronto departure. Witness what takes place beyond the public's eye to make sure nothing is forgotten and the 'Canadian' is as First Class as its passengers would expect. From Commissary, baggage and maintenance, to train dispatchers, locomotive engineers, track crews and onboard services, each plays an important part in the operation of No. 1.
See how, as 'Working No.1' takes you behind the scenes both prior to and throughout most of No.1's run between Toronto and Capreol. 30 mins
by Rail Innovations TOTAL 81 mins * colour * narrated
When we say Warbonnets, we mean Santa Fe! In Santa Fe Warbonnets through Raton Pass we take a look at today's high-tech red and silver Warbonnets in action - and there's no better place to do son than the challenging prairies and mountain passes of the Southern Colorado and New Mexico desert. The rugged passes of Raton and Glorieta are a test of strenght and power for the superfleet diesels which pull both freight and modern Amtrak trains on this busy line. Join us for some great Warbonnet action!
Anything goes on UP's former SP line across Southern Arizona, from SD90MAC's SD7s, C36s to C44-9Ws. We follow this historic line from Steins to Yuma. Lots have changed since the UP/SP merger. Action packed railroading in the magnificent mountain & desert scenery of Arizona.
by Highball Productions * 120 mins * colour * narration
(BNSF ON THE SELIGMAN SUB) \n\nWarbonnets still rule on the Seligman Sub. Sure, the mergers shows, but there are still lots of units wearing one of the best looking paint schemes ever. The new 700 series GE's are out in force, looking superb in the beautiful winter sunshine. There is some new "Heritage" paint around, and not only on C44's! There are some solid sets of Cascade Green, but not a lot of blue and yellow. This is impressive, heavy duty main line railroading at its best, with howling, high speed double stacks, and roaring manifests dragging up-grade. We cover the line from Needles, CA to Winslow, AZ, including the big bridge at Topock, the Sacramento Wash, Kingman Canyon, Crozier Canyon, Seligman, the Crookton line relocation, Williams Junction, Supai Summit, Maine, Darling, Canyon Diablo, Sunshine and lots more. \nby Highball Productions * 90 mins * colour * narration
ALONG THE THOMPSON & FRASER
Beyond the little town of Hope BC lies the Canyon of the Thompson and Fraser Rivers (hence the title). Canadian Pacific and Canadian National run mostly on opposite sides of the canyon through magnificent scenery on their way to the Pacific. The lower canyon of the Fraser is in the heart of the forest, mostly pine trees clinging to massive granite slopes. The Thompson is in the rain shadow of the coastal mountains with sparse vegetation on unstable, almost vertical slopes.
We follow CP and CN along the Fraser and Thompson from Hope to Kamloop lakes, a distance of about 150 miles. We found both new and old power from both roads, often with trains on both sides at the same time. We also caught the Rocky Mountaineer and the American Orient Express, a splendid train. CP came through the canyons first and has the easier route, being joined by Canadian Northern Pacific (later Canadian National) thirty years later. CNP failed soon after, having had to contend with building on the wrong side of the canyon, but the route is often more spectacular than CP's easier route.
by Highball Productions 120 mins * colour * narrated
Union Pacific's former Western Pacific main line runs through the incredible Feather River Canyon between Oroville and Portola, California. We visited the Canyon in October 1997 to fulfil another longtime personal ambition. BNSF has trackage rights, and with UP'S armor yellow, SP grey, C&NW yellow, Santa Fe blue and yellow, BN Cascade green and BNSF warbonnet red and silver, and leased locos, the route is a rainbow of color.
Between Oroville and Portola the line climbs 4649ft in 115 miles and is accompanied by the parallel road and the Feather River. Serpentine Canyon is a photographer's delight of S-curves, Keddie is arguably the most recognizable railfan location in the country and Williams Loop has trains crossing over themselves. An incredible railfan experience. by Highball Productions * 120 mins * colour * narrated
In 1967, Donald J. Krofta began filming freight and passenger train action on America's western railroads. This program presents the highlights of his beautiful colour film footage. You'll find Gas Turbines (with their distinctive jet whine) and Diesels on the Union Pacific with Diesels on S.P., W.P., A.T.S.F., BN (with diesels of member railroads NP, GN, C.B.& Q.), D&RGW, DCS, MKT, SLSF, and ROCK ISLAND. This was a good time to film the action since each railroad had its own colour scheme and a wide variety of freight and passenger cars. This was the dusk of the pre-merger era that has brought the end of individuality to many American railroads.
Don Krofta's film of eastern railroads is legendary. In this program he gives you a taste of railroading in the west.
by Herron Rail * 59 mins * colour * narrated
BNSF's crossing of the Continental Divide over Marias Pass on the former Great Northern mainline is, at 5213 feet, the lowest crossing of the Divide in the lower 48 states.
The mainline skirts the southern boundary of Glazier National Park and is renowned for its scenic beauty. This is the High Line Sub, part of a busy east/west line and features helpers, snowsheds and large bridges.
It is fall 1997 and we follow the line from Shelby, Montana, on the high prairie, west through the foothills of the Rocky Mountains at Browning and up the eastern slops of Marias Pass to the Summit. There are lots of "Pumpkins", including the new version of the scheme on the OCS. All the famous locations are visited; Grizzly, Bison, Two Medicine Bridge, the snowsheds. Summit, Marias, Java, Essex and lots more.
Beautiful fall weather and foliage, stunning scenery and varied motive power and paint schemes make Marias Pass the railfan experience of a lifetime.
by Highball Productions 120 mins * colour * narrated