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Thunder Under Heaven Volume 2 - Thunder in the Canyons DVD
Climb aboard for a day-in-the-life on a steam railroad.
To the old-time railroader... running a steam engine was more than a job... these locomotives werelike family. Why? What made this "iron technology" so captivating?
Thunder in the Canyons is your exclusive VIP Adventure Pass. Experience a day-in-the-life on one of America's premier historic railroads... where steam still rules the rails.
Follow train crews of the Grand Canyon Railway day and night. See what it takes to keep their steam locomotives thundering across the beautiful high-desert. The Grand Canyon Railway is like no where else in North America. A place where the steam locomotive travels 128-miles every day delivering passengers to one of the world's greatest natural wonders.
This unique, feature-length documentary climaxes with an incomparable Cab Ride in steam engine #4960 as she charges all the way up to the Grand Canyon.
Get set for a video unlike any you have seen before.
More from the filmmaker about this presentation:
The Past is Alive
You'll meet the night hostlers as they prepare the mighty steam locomotives for their daily 128-mile trip to the Grand Canyon and back. (This is no stroll-in-the-park for a steam locomotive. This is serious railroading!)
I can never imagine why these fascinating activities are now almost forgotten. The coverage here is so interesting you can almost feel the steam and smell the grease.
You'll meet the steam engineer...a "job description" that quickly took on mythological proportions.
You'll meet the fireman...maybe the most job-critical position on the railroad.
While the engineer received all the glory, it was the fireman who kept the train rolling...running a fine line between wasting company resources and destroying the locomotive in a very dramatic way. Running a steam locomotive was the ultimate TEAM effort...and your life depended on doing it right.
We'll take an exciting ride in the cab of the Grand Canyon Railway's big Mikado #4960 as she plunges 1000 feet down into the high desert only to climb back up another 1100 feet to get to the forested resorts at the "South Rim" of the Canyon.
Explore historic locations along the line to learn more of the picturesque history of the Canyonlands...and the lasting impact of the railway.
You'll see spectacular photo runbys of the trains. You'll even learn about the fateful bridge washout in the early days of the Santa Fe.
Do you think steam technology is dead?
Not a chance. Hear the inside story from the railway's CMO (chief mechanical officer Sam Lanter) on the latest developments being applied to the old steamers. Can they really be made more efficient than a diesel locomotive?
A fun bonus:
Visit behind the scenes with the railway's Cataract Creek Gang, where real cowboys take devilish delight in pretending to be their Hollywood counterparts...cowboys planning to hold up the train...all to total delight of the passengers.
Santa Fe 3751 makes a surprise appearance double-heading with 4960.
Grand Canyon Railway #18 and #4960 double-head. #18 also appears double-heading with #4960.
So there you have it. An North American railroad adventure unlike any other. And get ready to give your home theater system a steam-powered, double-thunder workout.
- Run Time 1 Hour 33 Minutes
- Color, Stereo Sound
- Screen Format: Full Screen (4:3)
- Region code 0; Worldwide NTSC
- Produced by Golden Rail Video 1997, 2007