I thought I
was watching something produced by Walt
Disney or National
liked it so well, I then decided to watch the
children's version. I loved it just as much and it made
watching this video easy to understand the operation of a tank steam
I reckon Golden Rail Videos has got a real winner and deserves an
"I just wanted
to let you know
that both grandsons enjoy Rock
especially like it when those big rocks come out
of the side of the car.
(age 6) was
very concerned about the cows on the tracks and glad to hear the
telling them to move :)
absolutely loves his Real
Usually the train videos stay at my house, but he packs that one around
It's fast moving and the engines are numbered....he has
a thing with
numbers :) Thanks again."
"I received the new DVD (REAL TANK ENGINES)
and watched it last night.
It is terrific!!
I think you have winner there. The scenes of typical operations - car
spotting, coupling, etc. are really a nice touch."
A Grandmother from New Zealand:
"I had my 21-month Grandson over today (who is potty about steam
and he would not move from the TV all morning. It was played through
option and back again.
A little young perhaps for the
story and information. My older Grandson has yet to see it. He is 9.
a great product."
Auckland, New Zealand
arrived today. Brilliant DVD's.... .......will be
buying more from you guys. Thanks."
for producing superior
videos. It is most appreciated."
for great and outstanding videos!"
"Thanks very much for a brilliant
video." (STEAM-POWER SAWMILL)
so many of our fans, Stephan loves to build models of railroad
operations. Although from Europe he chose to model operations as seen
in Western Oregon. You can see pictures of his creativity at his
have friends all over the world. We truly appreciate
hearing from you. Thanks
to all for sharing your feedback and your
kind words of encouragement.
testimonials on the pages describing the details of each show.)
Coming this Fall: The SIMPSON TIMBER COMPANY RAILROAD, volume one.
It was very sad to learn that Simpson finally ceased railroad opertions earlier this summer.
Sure....with a 130 year history, the RR was only a shadow of its former
Still, I always thought they'd keep it going.
Maybe it was because of my last name (Simpson),
but for some reason in the Spring of 1994, Simpson's upper management
finally approved my going behind the scenes and documenting
everything about their railroad ...and their mills ...and their logging
sites ...and the interchange with the "Burlington
Northern" ...the works.
It was June of 1994, when I arrived for a full week of shooting.
Simpson Timber graciously allowed me access throughout their private land holdings.
(I was younger at that time, and didn't realize what a rare opportunity
this was. Most railfans were quickly escorted off. I was
too busy having the time of my younger life to fully appreciate it!
knew I was getting some great footage...and great stereo sounds.
On the Simpson, the whistles echo beautifully off the trees and
The finished film was intended to be a joint
release with another company. But, that relationship fell apart
when they didn't "get" how fascinating the railroad was...and the footage fell
unseen into a vault....(their vault).
A few years ago, I finally
regained possession of the raw footage (thanks in no small part to
legal advice from railfan/Shay fireman Martin Hansen). But, being
pulled in different directions, I was never sure if people would be
truly interested in this production enough to justify the effort
required to produce it properly.
But, this last Sping, ....I finally decided to just do it.
Why ? Before my eyes, the footage had become "historic".
There were no more rails to the high country...up to Cook's Reload
where we had gone. We had cab footage of that journey. And
that was just from one day's shooting.
Simpson had a small fleet
of first generation diesels then. Three SW1200 ...plus an ALCO
600...and an EMD SW9. All in immaculate condition. And
Simpson Engineer Pete Replinger made sure we got great footage of each
Back in 1994, almost every train had a caboose. Talk about picture perfect.
this topic interests you at all, be sure to sign up for our (very
infrequent) mailing list.
(We don't send emails, unless we have
something new to say.)
We'll let you know as soon as volume one is ready.
the meantime, here is Pete Replinger's "Peninsula Railway #16" deep in
the woods on the Simpson line for a log train photo opportunity.
Six Logging Engines take center stage.
This is our latest release.
Log Haulers in Winter
Non-stop action for the steam rail fan.
Below is a sample scene. The McCloud River Railroad #18 gets underway early one snowy morning near Mt. Shasta, California.
Santa Fe steam locomotive #3751 A once-in-a-lifetime event.
NOTE: We just gave a major makeover to the DVD that used to be called Canyon Rails Steam Celebration. We added new footage, cleaned up images, and re-edited the whole thing to create two exciting new DVD's.
Hard to believe it's
been over ten years since we filmed this rare railroad activity. It was part of an
NRHS event (National Railroad Historical Society).
But, this kind of mainline
steam activity just doesn't happen very often.
That's why we decided to
remake the original show. These
two new DVD's reflect the true historical significance of Santa Fe
steam locomotive #3751's return to the high iron...and the train she pulled.
a while we have offered a rather popular little film called SHAY POWER
TOUR for people who are into logging steam equipment. Well, SHAY POWER
TOUR has now turned into a big show. This month
we have released a remastered, Expanded Edition.
TOUR now includes a second film called, A DAY IN A SHAY. In it we
follow the crew for a day-long journey to the end of the line to bring
some loaded log cars back to the mill.
So, you get
to see the Shay both trackside and in the cab doing what she was
designed to do....haul logs.
Here is a link to see pictures and read more about the new Shay Power Tour.
If you already have the original version, follow this link to a special offer.
WHY am I "crazy" enough to have produced all these films over the last 15 years?
remember as a kid our dad and uncle taking us on industrial
tours...such as a paper mill, an iron-range mining operation in
sawmills, a cheese factory, and a few breweries.
elementary school I vividly remember field trips to the local dairy.
As a cub
scout I remember touring the local GM plant watching Chevy's take
shape, and to a newspaper,... and to a cookie factory!
Like most kids, I liked seeing how things work. Seeing things in action
is the best...and most fun way to learn.
remember our Dad escorting us across a border to visit a Canadian
Pacific freight yard (...back when no one seemed to mind that kind of
thing). The CP was still switching cars with a little 0-6-0 steam
engine...one just like my cousin's HO train set. Unfortunately, that
was before I could handle a
camera. (Somewhere I have a picture of that. I'll post it when I find it.)
that's why I still love seeing steam
locomotives in operation.
And why most of our
DVD's involve steam engines.
remains an amazing technology. (I tried to show that in fun terms in our Real Tank Engines DVD.
To learn more about it (and see a few pictures), click here.
are a diversified group. They may be collectors of art,
chinaware or memorabilia. Or they may be artists who craft out
miniature versions of the real world in exquisite detail. Or they may
be hands-on types who physically restore and operate full-sized rail
thing they all share is that they love seeing interesting rail
action. And that is where we come in. I think we
produce and distribute some of the most fascinating railroad DVD's you
can find anywhere.
what we strive for with every new DVD.
don't put out a lot of them either. Instead, we try to make each one
Random Clip Collections
be like a daily train newspaper ...or random YouTube type video clips,
each DVD is historically relevant ...a "true-life railroad
adventure" that you will want to watch over and over again.
only our goal, it is our guarantee.
aren't satisfied with one of our shows, just return it for your money
back*. It's just that simple. We want you to be satisfied
that your money was well spent.
another reason we don't
just "crank 'em out." A lot of work goes into each
one...sometimes taking years to shoot and compile all the footage
necessary to make a slam-bang show for you.)
movies where the train is the star.
paraphrase Will Rogers:
"I never met a train I didn't like."
my favorite has always been steam
engines. That's why most of Golden Rail Video's DVD's are all
trains. These DVD's are not just YouTube-style, random
shots of steam locomotives. Lord knows, there's an endless supply of
those to watch.
Rail's DVD's are real, in-depth, high-action documentaries.
We call them the American
Railroad Heritage Series™.
are always telling us that they learn something new every time
they re-watch one of our shows. And that's what makes us happy. With every new show we want to
give you the highest value for your hard-earned dollar.
And these days, we should
only spend money on the very best. Anything less is
just not worthy of our money.
Have you seen our video previews? Some are
available by scrolling down.
But, here's something more. Below is a
video clip showing
the entire "prologue" to The Rock Trains(Two
the Challenge of a Life Time.)
I must warn you. They talked me into doing a little 30-second,
Disney-type introduction. Even though I am a big fan of Walt Disney I
must confess, I'm not sure I'm very
But, once past the intro,
you can enjoy
the whole opening chapter of THE ROCK TRAINS and see if it captures
To read more about it (and see a few pictures), click here.
We are always thinking...
"Walt Disney" ...
or "Steven Spielberg" ...
or "George Lucas" were making
...just for the fun of it?
may sound funny, but WE think about that all the time.
Walt Disney was an avid railfan. (That's
why steam trains encircle Disneyland.)
has it, Steven Spielberg loves trains. (Just check out "Back To The
Future 3" or the opening sequence of "Indiana Jones and the Last
So, if these guys were producing railroad
Wouldn't watching it be almost
like an adventure?
Would the images be something you'd want
to see over and over?
Would the sound be super dramatic
out of the action so that you wanted to watch it over and over
again ...and share it with your friends.
even though we don't have the budget of a big studio, we ARE guided
adds up a rip-roaring video adventure!
one thing the big studios never do...
your satisfaction with every film. Does
a major studio promise your money back if you're not happy when we
ticket to a show?
directly from us you have the assurance that if you think
one of our shows is a "turkey," you can send it back and get a full
refund on the price of
may think we are a bit crazy to make a guarantee like this.
are so confident you
are going to love whatever you order that we do this for
on-line customers. And we trust you that you
would never betray a trust by making
copies and stealing what we do for you.
have always found our customers to possess a very high level of
integrity. We've even had customers call us when we
accidentally didn't process their credit card!!!
I hope you see that Golden Rail Video shows are not some
sort of throway, "best of a web-cam"
type of gallery of video clips. Or as someone once put it,
videos of " bunch of trains running around."
title is a complete documentary film. Each title
captivates all ages because
each show tells
Each DVD is like a feature film....a complete story.
Both shows were shot along the old Santa
Fe Railway line that is now known
Grand Canyon Railway.
Of course, now that The Grand Canyon Railway has been sold to a big
corporation, they have suspended all steam
operations until further notice.
That makes all the scenes in these shows impossible to duplicate.
In both THUNDER FROM THE WILD WEST and THUNDER IN THE CANYONS we have
scenes shot when the GCRy first got started and was running steam in
These snow scenes are among my favorites! I never
get tired of seeing them.
Volume 1 is called Thunder From
the Wild West. This show tells the often ignored story of
the early days before there was a Grand
Canyon National Park. The "empire-building" railroad that made
happen was the Atchison, Topeka, and
Santa Fe Railway.
Volume 2, Thunder in
the Canyons takes us behind-the-scenes to experience a day
in the life on a major steam railroad. 128 miles every day! Think of
it as 24-hours
On a Steam Railroad.
And now (sad to say), with the suspension of Grand Canyon Railway's
steam operations, this DVD is the only way to get a real feel for what working on the railroad must have
been like 100 years ago in the Southwest.
We'll be getting more on-line for you soon. We'd love to have
sign our email list and we'll keep you posted about our train
activities. (See above left.)
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Here's a picture of me
ask, "How do you make such great steam train videos?" What a
fun question to answer. Yep.
That's me in the picture with a big old video camera strapped under my
arm on top
of a steam locomotive in Oregon
Valley Ry #19) as it
barrels down the track.
Just "another day at the office?"
Well actually, not every day is as exciting as this.
But, that sure was a great day!
And I get to relive those days when I
work those long hours of post-production to get them ready for you.
I must not be the only one who loves steam trains. I get letters
all the time saying...."Yours are the only railroad videos my family
will watch with me."
They say, "You never fully recover from your first train set." I
only like to tell a story of steam railroading, but really convey what
it was like to be there.
always amazes me.
There on location is where the story to be told emerges from the
steam and smoke. By the time I am through shooting footage, it seems as
though a script for the production has been written in the clouds of
the exhilarating energy that surrounds the iron horse.
why I love going to great lengths to get shots like these...so
the story can be told with pictures as well as words.
People of all ages can share together in the Golden Rail
You could say, "We're bringing the generations together with all the
bells and whistles"...but that'd be kind of silly, wouldn't it?
"Content and story are
I have all
(your videos) and none has been a disappointment.
Even my wife watches
Keep making great videos!"
We pride ourselves on making the kind of
want to watch and share again and again. We even have a quality pledge
guarantee we make to you.
I am always interested in customer feedback. Feel free to send us an
email if you have any suggestions ...for a future program ...or things
you'd like to see covered.
We really like producing programs about historic railroads with a lot
of character. We work exclusively with the railroad when doing a
production to present the story and the railroad in the best possible
light. If you are part of an interesting operation, please
drop me line.
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NEW Expanded Edition
Meet the Shay,
the most popular steam locomotive on North
America's rugged logging railroads.
Highly entertaining and informative. Discover the geared-locomotive
design that “won the woods.” Includes the famous
from Railfair Sacramento...at death-defying speeds of over 18 mph
!!! (You had to be there to understand...or the next-best
thing...Join us a SHAY: POWER TOUR.)
This new expanded edition also
contains "A Day In A Shay" ...a cab ride into the woods to retrive some
loaded log cars.
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of Stampede Pass
Our only "diesel film" was a
collaboration with our friends at Machines of Iron
A forgotten yet fascinating look at the re-opening of this famous
stretch of Northern
Pacific track at the time of the merger with the Burlington Northern and the Santa
That means lots of mixed colors and equipment you just don't get to see
any more. The beautiful vistas of Eastern and Western
State accent the action in this new chapter of the original Northern
Pacific mainline's story.
Includes a visit to Cargill grain operations to see unloading of grain