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The History of American Railroads: The Era of Diesel
The History of American Railroads The Era of Diesel
Genres: Educational, Documentary
NR     2007     4hr 28min

In The Era of Diesel, we examine the golden age of America's railroads as we travel across the United States on the great passenger trains of the 1950s. With stunning photography and fabulous color footage, this is a jo...  more »


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Genres: Educational, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Educational, Documentary
Studio: Columbia River Ent.
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 06/12/2007
Original Release Date: 01/01/2007
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 4hr 28min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

"Era of Diesel" a bargain, but not quite as advertised
L. W. Shell | 07/07/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)

"The video "History of American Railroads: The Era of Diesel" is over four hours long, is filled with vintage railroading action, and is a very good value.

However, the liner notes and the chapter titles do not do properly describe the chapter contents. One would think that the last chapter, "Transition Years" would fall chronologically after the previous chapters. That is not the case. Rather, this last chapter is focused on railroad operations, not always passenger, out of Chicago, and is not really about the demise of passenger travel.

The second chapter "Great Passenger Trains of the South" is neither about passenger trains nor is is about the Diesel era. Rather, it is about rail activity around Atlanta, which includes civil war still photographs, steam trains, freight trains, and trolleys, none of which are suggested by the chapter title. There are very few "Great Passenger Trains of the South" in this hour.

The first and third chapters are closer to their advertised subject, but I was disappointed at the lack of coverage of such passenger giants as SP, GN, NP.

Finally, the video contained a fair amount of Amtrak footage--totally unrelated to the glory days of passenger travel.

So, there's lots of video, and decent quality video, and it makes a good bargain. But don't expect to find what the liner notes or the chapter titles advertise."
Good DVD at a great price!
George Van Wallendael | Tampa,FL | 10/17/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This DVD is over 4 hrs long and does a decent job of covering the Fallen Flag Railroad during the late 1950's to the early 1970's. All of the chapters are narrated and cover a broad section of the US. Best DVD for the cost."