America by Rail 4 dvd set
Pete Stainer | Wellington , New Zealand | 02/13/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"DVD Maximum: America by Rail.
After receiving the product as ordered, I found this to be packaged extremely well and in excellent condition.
The package consisted of four DVDs and covered, the "Route of the Southwest Chief" , "Winter Wonderland" , "Colorado's Scenic Train Rides", and "The Potomas Eagle" respectively.
On each the programs, I considered the video photography showing wonderful scenery as other features of the trains both excellent and realistic together with a pleasing commentry with didn't get bogged down without too much technical detail making it enjoyable to both my family and friends. The side trips covered were also very enjoyable and make pleasant breaks whilst watching the long Amtrak journeys.
"Colorado's Scenic Train Rides" gives a marvelous tour of the many scenic attractions and rail routes including around the mountains in this fabulous State, including narrow gage trains, cog rails to Pikes Peak, trolleys and streetcars, Denver's new light rail and many other attractions. We enjoyed these in real life as this DVD reminds us of many happy memories, and I feel sure that every one should enjoy this.
"The Potomac Eagle" I found the filming to be fantastic and very realistic from a passenger perspective. The views of wildlife and their natural surroundings were incredible.
I found everything on each DVD absolutely fascinating and enjoyable,and I can thoroughly recommend this DVD set of four to anyone. Also I would mention the prompt and hassle free service given by Amazon having received my order within a few days over here in New Zealand.
My little rail fan LOVES it!
E. Sheldon | Holly Springs, NC | 08/24/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD box set is wonderful. It shows a wide variety of trains (steam engines, diesel engines, city trolleys, etc.) in a wide variety of settings. My 4 year old son is a HUGE train fanatic and loves these DVDs. His favorite is the steam engine which goes through Colorado. I love watching it too since the scenery is so beautiful. It's narated and gives good information about the areas they travel through as well as the trains and the particular railroad's history. But, it's not too much information. There are lots of parts with just music and scenes of great trains riding down the track. This box set is a new favorite in our house."
Interesting Historic Scenery with Narration
Bold Consumer | USA | 03/29/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'll review the Potomac Eagle as an example of what's on this set.
There was music at the beginning which, while fine enough music, I wasn't sure I wanted to hear throughout the trip. I wanted train sounds and to have enough narration to know where we were. Fortunately, that's what we got. This was a pleasant excursion trip.
There is plenty here for those interested in the operation and/or history of railroads. Additionally, there is plenty to please those wanting the experience of a train ride through beautiful scenery. If your interest is American history, you'll find some of that here as well.
We were in the cab with the engine crew from time to time during the trip, watching the actual operation of the train from the inside. In addition to the railroad history for this excursion trip, the narration included some American history from before 1776 and the Civil War, with homes and plantations dating back to the 1700s. There were sightings of deer and eagles. There was some detailed discussion of the eagles and eaglets. We followed the river, of course, and there was lots of waving to and from friendly people in canoes.
During parts of the trip we heard only our announcer. At other points we heard the actual sounds from the train and sometimes the people on it. At times we were viewing the scenery as if we were in the front, sometimes in the middle of the train, and often from somewhere in front of the train. Occasionally we must have been viewing it from a helicopter or at least somewhere high and from a distance, for a good view of the full length of the train.
The scenery was beautiful and the history fascinating for those who are interested in American history.
This was just one of the trips in the set, each one being distinctively different."