TOP FROG SERIES-BEST OF NARROW GAUGE VOL-1
Volume-I consists of The Best of Narrow Gauge on the Rio Grande from noted photographer Emery Gulash.
This DVD covers scenes from many narrow gauge RR programs by Emery Gulash released over the past years. An entertaining and fast-paced program showing the 'Best of' Rio Grande Narrow Gauge.
Approx: 61 Minutes--Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
EAST BROAD TOP
Coverage starts in the early 50's and begins well before the EBT was a tourist railroad. The EBT is one of the very few places in North America where one can still see Narrow Gauge steam powered action AND railroad history virtually untouched by time.
Emery Gulash caught all the action from the early 50's through two Winter Spectaculars in the 70's. Freight and passenger action, double headers and even triple headers work their way up and down the line.
Approx: 120 Minutes--Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Switchin' Along The Rio Grande
For a change of pace we are sure you will enjoy the many switching and servicing scenes along the line. This DVD covers activity on all the then operating Rio Grande Narrow Gauge such as Alamosa, Chama, Antonito, Durango, and many locations on the line, including Pagosa Springs and the Farmington branch. Filmed in beautiful 16mm color...
Approx: 21 Minutes--Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Twilight Of The Rio Grande
In the late 60's, Emery Gulash set out to record on film the passing of the Rio Grande's freight operations. Emery was able to produce spectacular full-color history of one of the most famous narrow gauge operations in the U.S.
Coverage includes single and double headed operations between Alamosa and Silverton, including Antonito, Cumbres, Chama and Durango. Also included are many rare shots of Pagosa Springs and the Farmington branch.
Approx: 39 Minutes--Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Worktrain To Silverton
The action covers a train of drop bottom gons headed by a class K-28 Mike as it works its way between Durango and Silverton and return. The train starts out early in the morning, ahead of the Silverton passenger runs. The crisp golden colors of early morning portray a warmness seldom seen in railroading. The train is followed through the day as it switches at Hermosa, Silverton and interfaces with the Silverton passenger runs.
Approx: 20 Minutes--Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Total Time--Approx: 80 Minutes
ROTARY ON THE RIO GRANDE
In 1975 and 1976 the Cumbres and Toltec fired up Rio Grande Rotary OM. These two snow plow adventures run out of Chama during the late winter and inspired many to chase and photograph the events.
In this DVD you will witness the re-creation of the Rio Grande snow trains made famous in the history of the narrow gauge line: bucking snow drifts, backing up and hitting'er hard again to break the packed snow, powerful showers of snow flinging out the snow chute and burying anything in the snow showers path.
We think Emery captured some of the most beautiful snow scenes ever filmed on Colorado narrow gauge. Loco's 492 (a class K-37), 487 and 483 (class K-36's) do the honors in this film. This DVD depicts the roughest, toughest work the Rio Grande had to endure, and you will want to watch every minute of it over and over to appreciate the effort that went in to keeping the lines open during the winter seasons.
Approx: 70 Minutes--Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
THE CHAMA TURN
Railroaders called it 'The Chama Turn', and sometimes the Cumbres Turn. Most railfans knew the operations over Cumbres simply as the Cumbres Pass route.
In the mid 60's, noted photographer Emery Gulash brought his 16 mm Bolex to Colorado to capture all the nuances of Colorado Rocky Mountain railroading at its best. His keen eye for composition, his patience for waiting for just the right shot, plus his dedicated railfan attitude now provide us with exquisite remembrances of that which was narrow gauge.
Many 'turns' out of Chama are shown, as well as runs to Antonito. Classic photography from one of the great masters of the motion picture camera are depicted in this amazing production.
Approx: 60 Minutes--Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
IN SEARCH OF NARROW GAUGE MIKADOS
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel along the canyons and off the beaten track of the Durango and Silverton and the Cumbres and Toltec from end to end, shooting scenes no one has ever seen before (from off the train)? Well an amazing photographer by the name of Tim Lab has accomplished this, and more! For five years he has traveled through the back country of Colorado with professional 16mm film equipment to photograph these two beautiful railroads!
Did you know that there is another narrow gauge Mikado (2-8-2) running outside of Colorado? K-27 class engine number 464 runs frequently at the Huckleberry Railroad in Michigan. This beautifully restored engine appears as if it were built yesterday.
The "search" for those Mikados will uncover a bunch: 464, 473, 476, 478, 480, 481, 484, 487, 488, 489 and 497. All of these are beautifully photographed while performing their daily duties, many shot in locations you've never seen them in before! And you will get into a portion of the Durango roundhouse and tour the yards as well! Tim Lab has been photographing trains for over ten years using the absolute best professional 16mm equipment available. His keen eye for composition, and his unbelievable patience to wait for just the right scene (sometimes for days!) makes his photography well worth looking for. Like Hollywood professionals, Tim shoots with negative film (like the type which is used to make prints).
Transferred from colorful 16mm film to digital video tape!
Approx: 81 Minutes--Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
RGS & DENVER & RiO GRANDE WESTERN
Jack Alexander and Vince Ryan were two avid narrow gauge fans who traveled extensively throughout Colorado in the early 1950's. Fortunately, their travels included shooting color film of the Denver & Rio Grande Western narrow gauge and the Rio Grande Southern when those railroads were still in business.
Green Frog has transferred their film to DVD to bring you scenes that will never be available again. For instance, we'll visit the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, now underneath a lake. And, how about switching cars at Ouray or topping Lizard Head Pass in a galloping goose'
Other locations featured include Durango, Cerro Summit, Monarch Branch, Vance junction, and more. Also, Jack and Vince were apparently fortunate enough to find cooperative train crews who allowed them to ride in the caboose cupolas for more great shots.
Approx: 82 Minutes--Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
DENVER & RIO GRANDE WESTERN AND THE BUMBLEBEE NO. 268
Shot in the early 50's when the D&RGW still had a working narrow gauge railroad. Most of this DVD was shot around Gunnison, Alamosa, the Farmington branch, the Monarch branch and between Durango and Chama.
The opening segment includes fantastic scenes of C-16 #268 switching in Gunnison, taking a train to load some sheep and the return trip. A Toltec Gorge scene not to be missed on this DVD is looking across the gorge toward Rock tunnel and the train.
High quality 16mm color film. Most of the scenes are so clear and sharp, you would think it was shot recently with the latest video equipment.
Approx: 54 Minutes--Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
(SPECIAL COLLECTOR’S EDITION)
4 DVD Set--Almost 10 Hours
Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo