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American Experience - Streamliners: America's Lost Trains
American Experience - Streamliners America's Lost Trains
Genres: Television, Documentary
NR     2006     1hr 0min


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Genres: Television, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Television, Documentary
Studio: Pbs (Direct)
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 06/13/2006
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Streaking to oblivion
Robin Benson | 06/03/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)

"If you want a brief history of the development of the Burlington's Zephyr and Union Pacific's M-10,000 (the first two streamliners) and how the railroads tried to make money with shroud-covered steamers, flash diesels and after the Second World War, Vista-Dome cars this DVD would interest you. I found it disappointing because I was expecting to see a program actually devoted to streamliners rather than the extensive economic and social history of the times.

There were about a hundred streamliners over the years and there must be plenty of corporate and amateur movie stock to produce an hour program of these trains (though it is only fifty-four minutes long). There are some interesting train clips on the DVD but they really only add up to a few minutes. The first twenty-five are devoted to the Zephyr and M-10,000, the war gets seven minutes then the remainder is the Vista-Dome story and the causes of the decline of railroad passenger traffic until the last streamliner in the sixties.

As an overview of the streamliner in American life an interesting program but as a visual showcase for these wonderful trains you'll have to look elsewhere.
Gone But Not Forgotten
Raymond Cosyn | 05/13/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"After the war the United States had the grteates rail network in the world. The stress of war time traffic had worn out most of the equipment used in passenger service. This was to be fixed with shinny new streamliners from manufactures Budd, Pullman and EMD. The DVD covers the story beginning in the 1930s during the depression right through the end of pasenger service by the great railroads of the day with the passing of the California Zepher. This is a must buy for anyone into trains."