(Standard DVD) American Railway: 200 miles from Las Vegas, Vol 2
A look at modern day US railway operations.
This programme is the second part in a mini-series featuring the Union Pacific and BNSF railroads in a 200-mile radius from Las Vegas, in the western part of the Unites States of America.
Run-time approx 73 mins.
Filmed in February 2007 we journey from the famous Mojave desert where we see mile-long container trains headed by up to five powerful locomotives, surrounded by rugged plains and distant mountains. We journey to Warren amidst the unusual ?Joshua trees? as mixed freight workings appear with a line up of different locomotives classes sporting a myriad of colour schemes. The main feature of this programme looks at the famous Cajon Pass which takes the BNSF and Union Pacific tracks out of the Los Angeles basin and up on to the Mojave plains. Faced with stiff gradients we can see and hear the locomotives struggling to keep their huge trains on the move. A whole host of General Motors-EMD and General Electric classes are seen including some dating from the early-1960s as well as brand-new locomotives which have not long entered service. This series provides an exciting look at modern-day U.S. railroading.