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Around the Narrow Gauge Circle/DVD
Several names are widely recognized as belonging to great railroad photographers. One of those names belongs to Otto Perry, a man who traveled the country, recording both still and moving pictures of our nation's railroad history. One of his favorites was surely the Denver and Rio Grande Western, and over the years, he filmed trains around this entire route. Machines of Iron, in cooperation with the Rocky Mountain Railroad Club, offers a look back at this "narrow gauge circle," produced from the film collection of this renowned railroad photographer.
Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad Narrow Gauge/DVD
Come with Machines of Iron and enjoy these vintage views of the Denver & Rio Grande Western narrow gauge freight trains on the Alamosa to Durango, travel to Silverton by passenger train and see the last regular freight train to operate on the Farmington branch. You will go inside the Alamosa roundhouse, watch shop crews rebuilding steam locomotives and see the Durango steam Facilities and yard as they were during regular service. These film from the 1960s show the narrow gauge steam trains that carried pipe and supplies to the Farmington oil fields, lumber that was cut along the line and tank cars of oil from the Gramps loading facility at Chama. Watch the two sections of an eastbound two engine freight climb the 4% grade of Cumbres Pass. This program will take you back to the time when steam powered freight trains were in regular service on the Denver & Rio Grande Western narrow gauge in Colorado and New Mexico.
Otto Perry's Moffat Route/DVD
In Otto Perry's Moffat Route you will see photographs of the Denver, Northwestern, & Pacific, film from the 1920s of rotary snow plows battling on Rollins Pass. You'll be there for the opening of the Moffat Tunnel and then look at the steamers of the Denver & Salt Lake Railroad. And finally, you'll move onto the Rio Grande's era with steam and diesel freights as well as passenger trains pulled by steam and first generation diesels such as the Exposition Flyer, Prospector, Mountaineer, California Zephyr, Ski Train, and the local train to Craig. This dramatic work of Otto Perry of the spectacular Moffat Route comes from the archives of the Rocky Mountain Railroad Club.
Otto Perry's San Juan Express/DVD
The Denver & Rio Grande Western Narrow Gauge San Juan Express that ran between Alamosa and Durango, Colorado, was a favorite subject for Otto Perry. He photographed and rode this train from 1941 to the end of operation in 1951. Travel over the line with us in all seasons, zigzag across the Colorado -- New Mexico border and over Cumbres Pass. As we pass through the small railroad towns of Chama, Monero, Dulce, Navajo, Gato, Ignacio, La Boca, and Florida enjoy the rich Southwestern culture preparing us for arrival in Durango, a narrow gauge paradise. An added bonus is rare film from the Rio Grande's Santa Fe Branch. You will see the narrow gauge mixed train during its last year of operation on the Chili Line in 1941.
Rio Grande Moffat Route/DVD
Once one of America's classic railroads, the Denver and Rio Grande Western is now just a memory. This video scrapbook will take you through several tunnels as the Moffat Route climbs Colorado's Front Range. Get an engineer's view as the tracks penetrate the core of the Rockies through the Moffat Tunnel. Speed across Middle Park to Byers Canyon and the rugged Gore Canyon, wind along the Colorado River to Bond and on to the Craig Branch where coal trains roam. More than a decade's worth of video shows the Moffat Route's transition from Rio Grande to Southern Pacific to Union Pacific.
Rio Grande Zephyr/DVD
This fast-paced program features the Rio Grande Zephyr gliding along its entire 565 mile spectacular route. Shot between 1971 and 1983 in all seasons and weather conditions, this vintage footage was taken from the Zephyr as it wound its way through 28 tunnels climbing out of Denver along the Front Range to the 6.4 mile-long Moffat Tunnel. In addition to documenting all the famous mountain, canyon and desert locations such as the renowned Glenwood Canyon and Soldiers Summit, the photographers captured the Zephyr in some of the more remote locations along the Dotsero Cutoff and Gore Canyon. There are exciting pacing sequences featuring the classic F9s, rare on-train footage of the full-service diner with shots of the galley crew preparing some the superb cuisine, and the climax features the last westbound and eastbound runs.
The Royal Gorge Route/DVD
It took ten years to record the story of the Royal Gorge Route over the now-closed Tennessee Pass. Built by the Denver and Rio Grande between 1874 and 1887 as a narrow gauge railroad and later converted to standard gauge, this dramatic crossing of the Rockies would operate for 110 years!
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