Stretching across the mountains and deserts of Arizona, the Santa Fe mainline is a double-tracked ribbon of high-density railroading at its finest. All Santa Fe’s transcontinental traffic funnels through Arizona, making the action intense as train after train works across the state. Arizona’s magnificent topography of high mountains, rugged canyons, and stark desert landscapes creates stunning dioramas highlighted by long Santa Fe trains loaded with plenty of power up front. Shot when the ATSF was still independent, this is a great look at a fallen flag.
The majority of trains are powered by locomotives in Santa Fe’s classic blue & yellow scheme, including EMD F45s, but in 1991 when this program was originally filmed, Santa Fe was taking delivery of brand new General Electric Dash 8-40BW units as part of its Super Fleet program. You’ll see several pure sets of these 500-class units in Warbonnet paint pulling hot intermodal trains and Electro-Motive engines in Warbonnet paint as well. Amtrak’s Southwest Chief is seen racing through scenic western landscapes; the action in Kingman Canyon is nonstop as trains pass through this photogenic location; and impressive Canyon Diablo Bridge provides a beautiful setting for the flashing Warbonnets. All the splendor of the Southwest is captured in this exciting DVD tour of Santa Fe’s Arizona Mainline!