An entire 6 disc set of our top selling "At the Throttle" series. Over 12 hours!!
AT THE THROTTLE 1
The San Bernardino Subdivision Los Angeles to San Bernardino
With the camera secured to the front of an eastbound stack train and the scenic landscapes of the BNSF San Bernardino Subdivision stretching before you, you're at the throttle and about to experience a train ride like no other! In this show, you'll get a truly unique, railroader's perspective of the 65 miles between Hobart Yard in Los Angeles and the city of San Bernardino. This line supports Amtrak, Metrolink, and heavy BNSF freight action, and you'll see plenty of this as you ride the rails.
Beginning with an early departure on a beautiful spring day in 2008, you'll leave Hobart Yard, cautiously observing the 10-mile per hour speed limit until the entire train is on the mainline and the engineer can bring the heavy train up to speed. Running southeast past Pico Rivera, Los Nietos Junction, and La Mirada to Fullerton, you'll get to observe the routing procedures that support the Amtrak Pacific Surfliners, westbound freights, and Metrolink commuter trains that compete for track space. Moving east past the Fullerton Station, you'll slip past one of three remaining Santa Fe cantilever signals and head toward the horseshoe bend in Santa Ana Canyon. At West Riverside, UP joins the BNSF rails for the trip over Cajon Pass. By the time you reach the San Bernardino Station, enough daylight remains to give you a start onto the Cajon Sub to Devore. This has been no conventional cab ride; this has been an unobstructed view of the line that few people will ever experience! Welcome to Volume 1 of "At the Throttle!"
AT THE THROTTLE 2
Climb aboard as we take an exciting 70-mile trip over BNSF's Cajon Subdivision from Devore to Barstow. You'll have the best seat in the house! We've placed our camera at the very front of the lead unit on BNSF's hottest Z train. The four GE Dash 9 44CWs on our train provide 17,600 horsepower for the battle to the summit of Cajon Pass!
We'll depart Devore and then just east of Keenbrook we'll cross over onto the original line to Summit, which is preferred for most westbound traffic. It's shorter and steeper but our train has enough horsepower to conquer the 3 percent grade. Once past Summit, our train eases downgrade, clears the Upper Narrows and the scenic Lower Narrows, then makes good time streaking across the desert floor to Barstow. Along the way you'll meet westbound hotshots, spot third main track construction and signal installations, and get a totally unique perspective of the famous hotspots that make Cajon such a popular railfanning destination. Welcome aboard Volume 2 you're "At the Throttle!"
AT THE THROTTLE 3
Welcome to Volume 3 of At the Throttle. With our camera mounted on the lead engine of a BNSF train, we ll take to the rails to bring you a spectacular and unique perspective of railroading like no other! Volume 3 is dedicated to train meets, the exciting encounter of two opposing trains traveling on parallel tracks. You ll travel throughout Southern California to experience meets with freight, commuter, and passenger trains at a variety of locations, including the Alameda Corridor and the BNSF'sSan Bernardino and Cajon Subdivisions.
This is no conventional cab ride. As you travel the rails, you ll view meets from many intriguing angles. Our camera is sometimes mounted at the wheel, on the coupler, at the front of the cab, even on top of the engine! These images were not only shot during daylight; there are many fascinating night scenes as well. You ll see meets with Union Pacific, KCS, BNSF trains and Amtrak'sSouthwest Chief and Pacific Surfliner, plus a drag race on the climb to Summit. There'sa good mix of motive power to savor, such as AC 4400 CWs, Dash 944 CS, GEVOs, and Amtrak'sP42 DCs. The main thrill, however, is the feeling of being right there, just above the rails, with the ground shaking and the wind whipping as another long train slips past you. Enjoy the adventure -- you re At the Throttle!
AT THE THROTTLE 4
Hop on board! We ve got a first class ticket for you to ride a BNSF doublestack train on the Alameda Corridor! From Hobart Yard in Los Angeles to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and back again, including Terminal Island and Pier 400, you re about to witness a line that few are privileged to see. So get ready. You re about to experience the Alameda Corridor!
The congestion generated by heavy BNSF and UP trains moving freight in and out of the ports led to construction of a 20-mile long consolidated route linking the railroads container facilities near Los Angeles to the harbor area. The central feature of the Corridor is the Trench, a 33-foot deep, 50-foot wide, 10-mile long cut that carries trains below grade crossings. With an average close to 70 trains a day, the Corridor is a busy place, as you ll see on three separate outings.
Your first trip begins near Eastern Avenue on a cool, overcast October morning in 2007. After passing Hobart Tower, you enter the Trench at 25th Street, return to ground level 10 miles later in Compton, ending your trip at Delores Yard. Your second trip takes you from Watson Yard to Terminal Island where your consist will traverse a giant balloon track to keep your lead unit on the point before coupling to a waiting train. For the third trip, you ll depart from Pier 400 for the return trip back through the Trench. This time the camera is mounted on the second unit to give you a different perspective. The highlights of your trips include appearances by Pacific Harbor Line locomotives, a passing UP stack train in the corridor, and more. This is a railroading adventure like no other!
AT THE THROTTLE 5
At the Throttle Volume 5 takes you to Southern California's scenic Surfline, primarily in San Diego and southern Orange Counties, to enjoy images of railroading that few ever experience. With our camera mounted inside and outside the cabs of several different BNSF locomotives, you'll get to see the road not only from the engineer's perspective but from other interesting angles and placements as well.
For many miles, the Surfline skirts along the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, giving riders a spectacular view of California's coast. You'll start your journey on board a San Diego-bound freight and then will make several trips in both directions over scenic portions of the line. Among the familiar landmarks you'll pass are the San Clemente Pier, the Carlsbad trestles, San Onofre, Oceanside, Leucadia, Del Mar, the climb up Miramar Hill, and San Diego.
For the most part, our cameras are mounted at various positions on Dash 840 CW and C44-9W locomotives hauling BNSF freights, on the lead units and also on following units. These heavy, hard working engines take us past meets with Amtrak's Pacific Surfliners and North County Transit District's Coaster and Sprinter commuter trains. At the Throttle Volume 5 is not your traditional cab ride; it's a totally unique journey along one of the most scenic lines in America!
AT THE THROTTLE 6
Welcome to Volume 6 of our exciting At the Throttle Cab Ride series! In this program, we'll show you a railroader's perspective and a whole lot more as we once again take to the rails in Southern California. Not only is this production the longest of our At the Throttle shows, it's the most varied. This time, our cameras have been placed on top of, in front of, inside, behind, and even underneath many BNSF consists. With each scene lasting only a few minutes, you'll be constantly entertained by new and interesting vantage points and locales.
Starting off on the San Bernardino Subdivision, we move to Barstow, Cajon, Hobart Yard, Santa Ana Canyon, the Harbor Sub, the Alameda Corridor, and many other busy areas. The really unique aspect of this coverage comes from the way you'll see the tracks, the trucks and axles, and surrounding terrain as the trains go about their duties. Some of the camera placements include roof mount on the lead and rear engines; on the knuckle; underneath, inside, and on top of the steps; on the cars; inside the cabs; and even between the rails as the train rolls overhead. This gives you a chance to experience railroading in a way no other program can provide. It's an exciting way to live life on the rails close up and personal. Join us for a rare adventure in At the Throttle Cab Ride Volume 6 A Railroader's Perspective!
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