Ron's programs combine excellent rail video with the music, history and culture of the countries visited. It's a great combination. From Red Star Railways -- Thank You!
Steam in endless daylight! In June 2004, Revelation Video's Ron McElrath documented G. W. Travel's P36 4-8-4 touring from Karelia through northwest Russia, Estonia, and (with an L Class 2-10-0) in Latvia. Additional footage in Finland. 100 minutes. VHS $22.50, DVD $25.00. NTSC format only
Begins in and around Kiev. Rail and non-rail video around Moscow. To St. Petersburg on the October Railway. Moskovskii Station in St. Petersburg. Tour St. Petersburg. Steam from St. Petersburg to Moscow. Through the Urals on the scenic South Siberian line. Omsk, Novosibirsk, Chelyabinsk, Irkutsk, Lake Baikal, Ulan Ude, Mongolia. Electrics, diesels, steam, passenger, freight, music, culture. In my opinion, this is the perfect Russian rail video. Four hours. VHS $40, DVD $44.
Ron's first video in the former USSR. Mid-winter views in and around Kiev. Winter steam retro tour with different classes, cab rides, double-headers in the Carpathians, diesel and electric mainline action, trams, city transit, yards, shops, station views, Ukrainian music and culture. Two hours. VHS $22.50, DVD $25.00.
Estonian Railways privatized in 2002, replacing ex-Soviet locomotives with American GE diesels. This video takes us from Moscow to Tallinn, then introduces Eesti Raudtee (Estonian Railways). New and old diesels, interviews with Ed Burkhardt and others, hump yard, Haapsalu Railway, Muuga port, Lavassaare narrow-gauge museum, old and new Tallinn. One hour. VHS $22.50, DVD $25.00.
Peter Bergs and his family are dedicated to documenting the railway heritage of Latvia, especially the 750mm narrow gauge lines which once covered all three Baltic states. I traveled to Latvia with Peter in September 2000, and it was a great experience.
NEW! From Three Stars Productions: "A Lithuanian Narrow-Gauge Empire: The Panevezys 750mm System" Available as VHS or DVD – in NTSC or PAL Format
This 58-minute program takes you on an in-depth tour of the dual-gauge station, yard, and workshop complex at Panevezys, Lithuania. Comprising footage recorded between 1998 and 2001, this program shows the "siaurasis gelezinkelis" during its last years of full operation. Notable is the extensive coverage inside the workshops, which formerly maintained not only the railway's fleet of Tu2 diesels but also the city's deployment of TEM2 broad-gauge shunters. Some on-line footage also. Available in VHS or DVD, and in either NTSC (North American) or PAL (European) video systems. VHS $22.95, DVD $25.95.
This 54-minute video depicts the Gulbene-Aluksne 750mm narrow gauge railway during the celebration of its centennial. Also included in footage of a typical daily service over the line, filmed from the train. This video is available as a VHS tape or as a DVD. Also, we are pleased to offer this film in NTSC (North American) TV format AND in PAL for Europe, again as VHS or DVD. Price: VHS $22.95, DVD $25.95.
In 1999 Latvian Railways (LDZ) celebrated its 80th anniversary with steam trips from Riga. This video covers preparation of the "L" class at Jelgava and Riga; steam trip coverage; cab ride; and footage of events associated with the steam trips. This was Red Star Railways' first video in January 2000, and I'm proud to offer it in 2004. 56 minutes. VHS $21.95.
The Gulbene-Aluksne 750mm line is the last public narrow gauge railway in the Baltics. In this video you see the line in everyday operation, as well as during the 2000 and 2001 celebrations of the line as a cultural treasure. I was there with Peter in 2000 -- look for a brief glimpse of an American University sweatshirt, that's me! -- and I will remember always the genuine hospitality of the people of Vidzeme as they celebrated their "banitis." 44 minutes. VHS $22.95.
Robert and Elena Hendry use a video magazine format for their "then and now" Soviet Railways films. Their videos include segments aimed at railway modellers. The commentary is technically accurate, and they include archival footage and information aimed specifically at modellers. Robert Hendry chairs the Russian Railways Group, and he and Elena work hard to encourage the modelling of Russian railways.
Hillside Films' first Russian video includes retro tour footage of steam classes E, L, Su, and P36; diesel and electric locos in mainline and industrial service; coverage of Kiev railways, funicular, tramways and metro; Gaivoron 750mm narrow gauge; everyday use of E Class 0-10-0s; and more! 58 minutes. VHS NTSC $25.95.
Railtour action with SO17 Class 2-10-0; WW2 archival footage; Czech-built diesels ChME2, ChME3, and ChME5; Donbass railways; modelling features; trams; massive goods train activity; Donetsk railway museum; Ch4 and Ch4S electrics; Soviet FD20 Class and its Chinese derivative the Class QJ. 58 minutes. VHS NTSC $25.95.
For the modeller, coverage of the Class YeA USA-built 2-10-0 and conversion of the Bachmann HO model. Odessa passenger terminal, harbor, and trams. Avdeyevka interurban line. Crossroads of the Ukraine at Dzhankoi. Leningrad metro. Latvian Railways including Riga works, narrow gauge. Modeller's Tips, including getting the environment right; railways during the Revolution; Yevpatoria; strategic reserve. 57 minutes. VHS NTSC $25.95.