New & Upcoming Releases
Keeseville, Ausable Chasm & Lake Champlain Railroad: Adirondack Mountain Gateway (by James R. Jones)
The colorful 5.6-mile Keeseville, Ausable Chasm & Lake Champlain Railroad hauled several U.S. Presidents, was featured in Silent Film Era serials, and moved heavy granite cornerstones for famous landmarks from 1890 to 1924. For a time, nearly 50,000 annual passengers rode its standard-gauge rails over a spectacular 158-foot-high cantilever bridge above Ausable Chasm. Join us for a memorable journey from Burlington, Vermont's waterfront, across the Lake, to the New York's Ausable River Valley. Filmmaker and author, James R. "Jim" Jones presents a meticulously researched, 184-page chronicle on the life and times of Lake Champlain navigation, the "Grand Canyon of the East," Adirondack hotels and industry, two railroads- KAC&LC and D&H, and the region's highway development. Signed, numbered copies of this quality 8-1/2" x 11" perfect-bound book retail at $39.95. Get yours, at this PRE-PUBLICATION OFFER, for only $29.95 with free U.S. MEDIA MAIL shipping! Don't snooze and lose. Ships about mid-August. ISBN: 978-0-578-53839-6
Keeseville, Ausable Chasm & Lake Champlain Railroad: Adirondack Mountain Gateway (TT-060)
The colorful 5.6-mile Keeseville, Ausable Chasm & Lake Champlain Railroad hauled several U.S. Presidents, was featured in Silent Film Era serials, and moved heavy granite cornerstones for famous landmarks from 1890 to 1924. For a time, nearly 50,000 annual passengers rode its standard gauge rails behind steam and electric power. We've reassembled many of the scattered pieces of this phantom route into a memorable two hour journey from the Burlington waterfront, across the Lake, to the Ausable River Valley.
Delaware & Hudson: Lightning Stripe, Red and White (TT-059)
This 2-1/2 hour adventure tracks the Delaware & Hudson/Canadian Pacific's colorful route from Rouses Point to Whitehall, New York. Experience vintage 1940s-1970s film, videos from the 1980s to the present, historic photos, maps, ephemera, interviews, anecdotes and more. Historians share rail tales as trains roll from the Canadian border, along Lake Champlain, to the Champlain Division terminus at Whitehall. Enjoy behind-the-scenes and trackside footage of local wayfreights, switchers, mainline freights and passenger trains. Bonus features include D&H power still wearing lightning stripes in 2017, and a phantom ride over the Keeseville, Ausable Chasm & Lake Champlain Railroad. Then and now views of the original Plattsburgh and Montreal mainline are also explored.
Jim Shaughnessy joins us for an exclusive interview on the 50th anniversary of his landmark Delaware & Hudson book. You have never seen a D&H documentary like this!
New England Central Railroad: Green Mountains, Blue EMDs (TT-058)
This fifty-year adventure tracks Central Vermont Railway's last three decades, and New England Central Railroad's first twenty years. Experience rare 1960s-80s CV films and NECR videos from 1995 to the present. Employees and historians share fascinating rail tales over the Swanton, Roxbury, and Burlington Subdivisions from the Canadian border to White River Junction. Enjoy behind-the-scenes cab and trackside views of Chip trains, local wayfreights, switchers, mainline freights, Amtrak's Montrealer and Vermonter. Vermont singer, songwriter Carol Ann Jones' train inspired songs complete this colorful journey. All aboard! (136 minutes, with bonus features)
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B&M at Twilight (TT-044R)
Boston & Maine's rail network experienced great change during the second half of the 20th century. Catch fading glimpses of northern New England's routes from the 1970s to the present. Management, train crew, and historians share fascinating rail tales enhanced by vintage film, video, photos and ephemera. See Lamoille Valley, Twin State and New Hampshire &
Vermont RR operations in their twilight years. Classic B&M remnants are also featured. All aboard for St. Albans, Swanton, Morrisville, St. Johnsbury. Whitefield, Waumbek, Groveton, Fabyan, Gorham, Berlin, White River Junction, Woodsville, Littleton, Montpelier, Barre and more. Filmmaker and railroad insider James R. "Jim" Jones' salute to former Boston & Maine tracks is the most comprehensive video ever released on the this subject. 2 hours, 30 minutes with bonus features.
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ST. J & L.C.: Vermont's Lamoille Valley Railroad (TT-043)
Track the colorful St. Johnsbury & Lake Champlain Railroad and its successors over a 130 year, roller-coaster ride. An impressive cast of employees, managers, historians, on-line residents, shippers, collectors, and filmmakers lead this sentimental journey over the 96-mile mainline, Victory Branch, Maquam spur and Lamoille Valley Extension, with visits to trackside industries and connecting railroads. Join us for an unforgettable 2-1/2 hour journey over Vermont's famous "Covered Bridge Route." This ambitious documentary spotlights all facets of the Boston & Maine controlled shortline from its 1870s beginning to the present. ST. J & L.C.: VERMONT'S LAMOILLE VALLEY RAILROAD was painstakingly created by Vermont filmmaker and railroad insider James R. "Jim" Jones during the past dozen years. Experience fascinating rail tales from one of North America's most beloved underdogs. All aboard! 2 hours, 32 minutes with bonus features.
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ATSF, BNSF, Colorado (TT-057)
This entertaining, informative and comprehensive rail documentary tracks every Santa Fe route in Colorado during the last decades of the 20th century. Bonus features include rare footage of the last ATSF trains to Santa Fe, New Mexico during 1991. Historian and retired railroader Steve Patterson recalls the Pueblo-Denver Joint Line's premature downsizing of 1971, with classic scenes along the route. The second hour revisits early BNSF operations, spotlighting former ATSF and BN tracks sold to shortlines after the 1994 merger. The Southwest Chief's bumpy passenger ride across the prairie and over Raton Pass is also explored. Railroad author, historian and videographer James R. "Jim" Jones' colorful production features first and second generation power, Warbonnet, blue and yellow, Cascade Green and executive schemes, with a plethora of "pumpkins" on the point! This amazing DVD is the perfect companion to COLORADO & SOUTHERN RY. (TT-052) and BN GREEN, COLORADO SCENE (TT-056). Collect all ten Centennial State releases. Tell-Tale Productions takes you there! 108 minutes, with bonus features
BN Green, Colorado Scene (TT-056)
This entertaining, informative and comprehensive documentary tracks every Burlington Northern route in Colorado during the last two decades of the 20th century. BN GREEN, COLORADO SCENE (TT-056) also revisits the CB&Q and C&S years, thanks to vintage steam films by Ron Ruhoff, with photos and words from noted historian F. Hol Wagner, Jr. Railroad author, historian and videographer James R. "Jim" Jones' ground-breaking production spotlights first and second generation power in Cascade Green and the classic "executive" paint scheme. Bonus Features include former Frisco/BN U30B's on their final roundup, while Hol Wagner remembers "The Colorado Road" nearly a half-century after its publication. This amazing DVD is the perfect companion to COLORADO & SOUTHERN RY. (TT-052) and ATSF, BNSF, COLORADO (TT-057). Collect all ten Centennial State releases. Tell-Tale Productions takes you there! 144 minutes
This entertaining, informative and comprehensive video adventures tracks every Union Pacific Railroad route in Colorado- large and small- during the last two decades of the 20th century. UNION PACIFIC, COLORADO SPECIFIC (TT-055) also documents "Uncle Pete's" acquisition and disposal of former Denver & Rio Grande Western lines, with rare scenes and anecdotes from those turbulent times. Railroad author, historian and videographer James R. "Jim" Jones' ground-breaking production features action scenes starring steam locomotives 3985 and 844, mammoth DDA40X Centennial diesel #6936, rotary snow thrower 900082, the E9 "covered wagon" trio, and everyday freights over all Colorado mainlines, branches and spurs. It's the perfect companion to RIO GRANDE FINALE (TT-053), SP ON THE D&RG (TT-054), DENVER & NEW ORLEANS: IN THE SHADOW OF THE ROCKIES (TT-051), COLORADO & SOUTHERN RAILWAY (TT-052) and the critically-acclaimed COLORADO COVERED series (TT-036, TT-037, TT-038). Collect them all! 115 minutes
SP on the D&RG (TT-054)
This nostalgic DVD adventure tracks Southern Pacific-powered trains on former Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad in Colorado and Eastern Utah. Factory fresh General Electric AC4400's lead an all-star cast of recent power, rebuilds and second-generation locomotives over some of the most breath-taking rails in North America. Railroad author, historian, and videographer James R. "Jim" Jones documented the merger-mania and fall-out that unfolded from 1987 into the 21st century. This ground-breaking production is the perfect companion to RIO GRANDE FINALE (TT-053); UNION PACIFIC, COLORADO SPECIFIC (TT-055); BN GREEN, COLORADO SCENE (TT-056), a pair of Colorado & Southern Railway titles, and our three volume COLORADO COVERED series (TT-036, TT-037, TT-038). Collect them all! 122 MINUTES, WITH BONUS FEATURES
Rio Grande Finale (TT-053)
The Denver & Rio Grande Western was Colorado's "home railroad" for twelve decades. This nostalgic DVD adventure covers most of the Centennial State's routes between 1987 and 2000. Catch black and gold, speed-lettered GP30s, GP40s, SD50s, tunnel motors, an SW1000, with rare footage of F9A 5771 and her B-unit sisters en route to their last roundup. 142 MINUTES, WITH BONUS FEATURES
80th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL: Colorado & Southern Railway: Here Comes the Flood, There Goes the Train! (TT-052)
This celebration of Colorado's first standard gauge route south of Denver features John Evans' Denver & New Orleans, an unlikely 124-mile route built on the rolling hills of the High Plains- within the Shadow of The Rockies. Hold onto your seats, as the D&NO and its successors take you on a bumpy decade-long ride as the northern component of a through-route to the Gulf, before the famous 1899 Joint Line agreement with the Santa Fe left the old line in the dust. For the next 36 years, these demoted tracks were the Colorado & Southern Railway's Falcon Line-- a quaint country branch from South Denver to connection with the Rock Island at Falcon. The perfect companion to Jim Jones's long out of print prairie classic, this video spotlights the life and times of the people and places on the line, followed by a very special program featuring two railroad veterans who worked on the line during its final years. All the fun is getting there!