Over 300 Trains!
At the border of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties in Southern California lies one of the most interesting and scenic mountain passes in the Southwest. Some call it Banning Pass or San Gorgonio Pass, but most railfans simply refer to it as Beaumont Hill. Pentrex is pleased to present complete coverage of Beaumont Hill from West Colton to Indio in six hours of pounding, railroading action!
Although it peaks at only 2,591 feet above sea level, Beaumont Hill still presents sufficient hardship to rival taller passes. Yet, flanked by Mount San Gorgonio to the north and Mount San Jacinto to the south, it has a beautiful charm all its own. Known now as UP'sYuma Subdivision, the 76-mile line is mostly double-tracked and busier than ever.
In addition to Union Pacific, you ll see engines from Ferromex, NS, CSX, BNSF, CEFX, GCFX, plus survivors from C&NW, Rio Grande and SP and those are just the units we captured on the point! You ll also see the SP, MKT, Mopac and WP Heritage units. Many engine models are represented, ranging from the SD38-2 to the newest SD70ACe and Dash 840C to the mighty GEVO. We even caught a rare GP15-1 in doublestack service! Autos, lumber, and intermodal trains dominate the line. The ""Rock Train"" and Amtrak'sSunset Limited are well covered and UP's Centennial 6936 is seen pulling many passenger specials. There's much more to see in this unending parade of dazzling color, open throttles, squealing brakes, and serpentine curves!
Over five years in the making, across the four seasons, under broiling summer sun and snow on the Pass, through windstorms and sandstorms, from dawn to dusk, this is the Ultimate Beaumont Hill!
Over 500 Trains!
From the great San Bernardino Valley to the high desert community of Barstow lies one of the busiest and most scenic mainlines in the country. At just over 81 miles in length, the BNSF Cajon Sub is a powerful artery that plays an integral role in moving trains to and from Southern California. With its stiff climb over Cajon Pass, endless flow of traffic, and vistas of stark beauty, the Cajon Sub is a place of limitless photo opportunities for railroad photographers.
Pentrex takes you on a journey of epic proportions across this railroading hot spot. For close to five years, leaving almost no mile undocumented, filming over 500 trains during winter snow storms and summer heat, we searched out incredible photo locations to take you into the heart of this line as it's never been seen before!
BNSF, Union Pacific, and Amtrak deliver nonstop thrills here. These trains are covered on the Mojave Desert between Barstow and Victorville as well as on the challenging Pass. We also capture the action on Union Pacific's Colton-Palmdale Cutoff as it parallels the BNSF on Cajon Pass. You'll see numerous trains with foreign power leading, along with other surprises such as passenger specials and Grand Canyon Railway steam engines and tenders riding on flatcars. Plus, you'll catch sight of the early stages of new mainline construction and tunnel daylighting projects as well. There's so much to see!
On Discs One and Two you'll explore the lines in detail from San Bernardino to Barstow. Discs Three and Four take you back to San Bernardino with all new footage. None of the images you see here have been used in any other production. This is 12 hours of all new material! You won't want to miss a second of our blockbuster presentation, The Ultimate Cajon Subdivision!
In Ultimate Chicago, Pentrex takes you on a whirlwind tour of what might be the greatest place in America to see railroad action at its finest. Making stops all around the Chicago area, including Northeast Illinois, Northwest Indiana and Duplainville, WI, you'll enjoy trains and more trains, including a 1912 Heisler on Silver Creek & Stephenson and diesels from five different builders, such as EMD, NRE, GE, FM and ALCO. You'll see action from BNSF, UP, METRA, CN, CP, IHB, IAIS, CSXT, AMTK, NS, WSOR, and a whole lot more, including survivors from EJ&E, IC&E and WC. Here's your opportunity to see the best trains in some of the best spots anywhere!
We made stops at four railroad museums: the Hesston Steam Museum, the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum, the Monticello Railway Museum, and the mighty Illinois Railway Museum, where we caught a variety of classic diesels in operation during their annual Diesel Days weekend. We spotted an array of motive power at railfan hotspots, such as the 18th Street overpass in downtown Chicago, Blue Island and Dolton Junction. Several historic towers create a nostalgic look to 21st Century operations and we captured many of them for your enjoyment. The CB&Q racetrack, known for its long scenic stretches of straight rail, also provided plenty of action. In Northwest Indiana, we got great shots in Wayne, La Porte, Ogden Dunes, Chesteron, Willow Creek Junction and more.
For variety and density of trains, Chicago is hard to beat and we have it all here for you in this unforgettable show. Get ready to experience the thrill of Ultimate Chicago!
From searing desert heat to snow-capped mountains, with its curves, tunnels, nonstop parade of trains, and famed Loop, Tehachapi offers mainline railroading excitement like no other place in the world. Now Pentrex brings you the most expansive tour of Tehachapi ever produced, with a full 8 hours of incredible action recorded on two discs. All new footage shot through the changing seasons over a three-year period brings you the beauty and challenges of railroading over this mountain pass, including snowstorms on Tehachapi. Over 300 BNSF, Union Pacific, and other trains are shown as they climb steep grades, brake downgrade, spiral around horseshoe curves and the famous Loop, and snake through the tunnels. These trains are powered by a huge assortment of owned and leased motive power ranging from older GP30s and SD40-2s to the latest SD70ACEs and GEVOs, and the variety of traffic, including special movements such as the Red and Blue Unit circus trains, is astonishing. Part 1 of this monumental epic takes you south from Kern Junction in Bakersfield to Mojave Junction. Part 2 makes the return trip from Mojave to Kern Junction, giving you ample opportunity to stop at all the sidings, witness the trains from great photo angles, and get in-depth coverage of all the famous locations on this world renowned railroading landmark. This is the Ultimate Tehachapi!
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