Here are two shows that lift you up into the skies above Southern California for an incredible look at railroading as you’ve never seen it before!
Above Southern California Rails (42 Minutes)
Get ready for the ultimate railfan video as Pentrex takes you into the skies to experience Southern California railroading as it’s never been seen before! Climb aboard a jet helicopter loaded with state-of-the-art, gyro-stabilized video equipment. Then soar skyward to enjoy sweeping panoramas, pace speeding locomotives, and get incredible aerial views of long curving trains. Skim over the blue Pacific Ocean as Pentrex follows Amtrak trains and BNSF freights along the “Surf Line” near San Clemente. Check out the newly-rebuilt BNSF yards in San Bernardino and examine UP’s West Colton Yard. Race the Talgo trainset as it travels through the Los Angeles area. Then swing over to the harbor area for a bird’s-eye view of container operations and the brand new coal facility. The weather is crystal clear and there are plenty of trains to be seen. You’ll marvel at the ultra-smooth, incredibly close, breathtaking photography as our helicopter cruises above these fast freight and passenger trains. This video offers a perspective like no other!
Above 3751 Over Cajon (75 Minutes)
After Pentrex released the popular Above Southern California Rails, a flood of requests came in from enthusiastic customers with ideas for the next helicopter video. Railfans have been thrilled with the results. Join Pentrex for a fantastic video experience! Santa Fe steam engine 3751 traveled over Cajon Pass as it moved from Los Angeles to Sacramento to attend Railfair ’99. Pentrex was there to document this incredible journey, with multiple camera crews capturing every highlight of famous Cajon Pass. As always, the handsome 3751 put on quite a show. Our coverage begins as the engine and tender are pulled out of the Redondo Junction Roundhouse in preparation for the trip. Then the big day arrives when the special train rolls out of Los Angeles, through Santa Ana Canyon, and on toward San Bernardino. Pentrex cameras are in the air, aboard the train, and on the ground showing this mighty locomotive from every angle. Nowhere else can you find such outstanding shots of a steam locomotive at work! Highlights include spectacular views of Sullivan’s Curve, Mormon Rocks, the climb up to Summit, Mojave Narrows, and fast running across the high desert to Barstow.
This video will give you a completely different perspective of Cajon Pass. Our jet-powered helicopter with state-of-the-art broadcast equipment allows you to pace alongside the 3751 and hover over freight trains as they meet the steam special. You’re railfanning from the ultimate chase vehicle.