REAL TANK ENGINES and THE ROCK TRAINS arrived
on Saturday. They are great. My grandson will be over soon to
Wayne C. West Virginia
I got a copy of REAL TANK ENGINES,
REAL TANK ENGINES is very good. I watch the documentary version often.
I've got all your DVD's and
love every one of them!
D. SC. Oct 2012
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For any child that loves Thomas and
Friends (the way mine
this is the perfect birthday gift:
True-Life Adventures of Real Tank Engines
Real Tank Engines
is both fun and educational (whether for kids or adults).
Each DVD contains two
One version is in a
story-book style for
children...and the other is in a documentary-style for grown-ups.
(And I can't tell you
how many adults say they love the kids version best.)
Kids will discover the connection
storybook trains and real trains by having a real tank
engine tell them things from "his point of view." (This truly is the
"Little Engine That Could").
just wanted to let you know
that both grandsons enjoyed Rock Trains.
They especially liked it when the rocks get dumped...out of the side of
absolutely loves his Real Tank Engines. Usually the train
videos stay at my house, but he packs that one around with him.
moving... and the engines are numbered....he has a thing with
had my 21 month Grandson
over today (who is potty about steam trains) and he would not move from
all morning.A little young perhaps for
the story and information. ...the train
noises and the motion and steam etc.Loved it.Thanks for a great product (REAL TANK ENGINES).
Gabriel Auckland, New
Just managed to watch
your newest one, Real Tank Engines.
I thought I was watching something produced by Walt Disney or National
The quality is
superb. Editing is
excellent. Narration is right where it should
music background was well chosen and used in the right
places. And, I love the on screen graphics
you used, such as in pointing out the wheel arrangements by drawing
or using arrows. Neat!
liked it so well, I then decided to watch the children's version.
loved it just as much. It made (it) easy to
understand the operation of a tank steam locomotive.
I reckon Golden Rail Video has got a real winner
and deserves an award,...... a Telly Award?
We've gotten even more feedback from aunts, uncles, mom's and dad's
little engineer loves their REAL TANK ENGINES. (And the kids
aren't even aware
that they are learning some pretty advanced science about steam
other things...because they're captivated by the pictures and story.)
NOTE: Childhood development scientists advise us we shouldn't expose children
to very much TV before age two. We should read,.. read,... read
them. As much as we can.
And as Mr. Rogers once noted (off camera), children weren't born
editing to keep their attention. They like a story.
REAL TANK ENGINES has an interesting story, and has no fast cuts. (In
fact, none of our films do. We like to let the viewer drink in
the scenes with
all the sounds and images we've so carefully documented.)
This show is a little
different from our others...for a couple reasons.
1st...the subject matter.
We chose the most
yet most over-looked type of steam engine in the world...
This is the
diminutive little iron horse
that was part of
every railroad, no matter how big or how small.
Although I really
like steam locomotives, I kind of dismissed tank engines as not being
all that interesting.
But, since producing
this video, all that has changed.
I guess owe a debt of
gratitude to my kids. When they were little we spent a lot of
time with Thomas the Tank Engine.
And that got me to
thinking....and thinking...and thinking.
The result is this
video. And I think it is so much fun to watch,you may well be
showing it to everyone... even the non-railfans you may know.
True-Life Adventures of
Tank Engines features 12
steam locomotives to tell its story. It gives
you rare action scenes and the rich historic details you've come
expect from Golden Rail.
Engines were adaptable....and so is this DVD.
The dvd features 2 versions of the
One version is in our
standard style... mixing information and action.
about tank engines.
designs variations and features, we follow along as
an Alco 2-6-2T (Quincy Railroad #2) heads out of the switchyard to a
mainline siding to
shuffle some freight cars around.
Back in the day, this
exactly the kind of thing a tank engine would be called upon to
do. It is really fun to see it recreated where you can really take in
action and sounds.
And like all Golden
Rail dvd's, those sounds are presented in 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound.
other version is the one for the kids.
Especially kids who only know of tank engines
from Thomas and Friends.
In this version the
narrator is "Dinky"
...a spunky little 40-ton tank engine from 1884! (Satsop Railroad #1, a
Porter-built 2-4-0T and the first engine we see in the show).
dropping by the house, this is a video they will probably
love! (One person wrote in and said her 3 year old grandson
carries the dvd around in his backpack in case they go on trips.)
(And kids actually
learn a few things about
physics and real trains...such as, the "magic of steam expansion!")
So REAL TANK ENGINES
is a show kids and adults can watch together and you'll both enjoy it!
Both versions share
full-color action sequences, including rare scenes of a steam
triple-header ...all with tank engines!
Below are a few preview scenes
The True-Life Adventures of
production turned out to be the most challenging show
we have ever undertaken. (I had no idea it would when the
idea first appeared in my head!)
from the start of our little company (Golden Rail Video), parents have
written to us to say their kids (or
grandkids) love our videos.
was interesting because
we have always produced our shows with adults in mind...adults who are
pretty serious about trains. That's why we put so much effort to tell a
railroad story with lots of
action ...mixed with lots of history ...plus a few fascinating
techno-facts to boot.
we never actually produced a show with kids in mind.
I am a parent. When
my kids were little they loved Thomas
the Tank Engine. We sure watched a lot of
together... and we all read the books together, too. (Which is
something I highly recommend.)
though we loved the G-scale garden railway-type trains they used in
the Thomas videos, Thomas
were storybook characters. Behind the story book characters, the videos
only implied what real tank engines
looked like ...or what they did ...or how they did it.
needed to be told for children about the world of real tank engines.
Down our Tank Engines
I had been gathering footage of tank engines
for years. But, when I
heard that the Niles Canyon Railway (located in Sunol,
CA...just southeast of San Francisco) would be hosting a steam
triple-header-weekend with all tank engines, I knew this was
the final piece of the puzzle I had been waiting for.
also knew that the footage was
going to be just way too cool to be only
the solution was
two versions on one DVD.
Big Cast of Characters
get to see lots of different trains, too. It took
over a dozen different
steam engines to help make the story of Real Tank Enginescome
your kids like "Thomas the Train", or "The Little Engine That Could,"
this new video should quickly become a new favorite they'll want to
again and again.
Each DVD contains two versions.
For adults, there's a real documentary
By using the same footage as the
version, but with different narration, the video is
transformed into something unique...
world's first tank engine documentary.
there's a good reason no one has done this before. When people talk
about steam locomotives, they usually think of the big ones.
seem to remember the little TANK ENGINES.
engines were vitally important. As common a sight as trucks are today.
REAL TANK ENGINES is about more than just the little iron horse. It's
a picture-window into a real part of our steam railroading heritage.
you're anything like me, one viewing of this show and you'll never
over-look a tank engine again.
of people who like trains aren't always sure about how steam
locomotives run. Watching this show, you'll learn a
bit about the inner workings. Steam engines were
an amazing innovation in their day. In fact, they still are.
Footage The video
features some footage we shot even
there was an official Golden Rail Video company... footage of
some action so rare, I don't think it could ever happen again.
were sure lucky to be there when it happened. And I'm really
happy to be able to share the footage with you in this production.
there's a lot to enjoy in this DVD. To order a copy of REAL TANK
ENGINES for your favorite engineer, click