What do you buy your train-loving husband for Valentine's Day?

Posted by Rene Schweitzer
on Thursday, February 09, 2017

Valentine's Day is right around the corner! Jim and I don't get extravagant for this holiday but we do exchange small gifts. Want to know what he got? (Don't worry, he received them (and watched them) already, so there's no spoiling the surprise.)

If you like train history, check this DVD out!

Both items I bought were DVDs. The first was the 20th Century Limited, produced by Trains magazine. I give this DVD a big thumbs up. Even if you aren't into trains, this is an interesting program. It's narrated by Michael Gross and is about an hour long. There's a lot to like here--historic footage and photos, some neat interviews. One of my favorite interviews was of a former female employee of the 20th Century--she was even wearing her old uniform! She shared stories about the famous people she met while working.

Check this DVD out--it will be one you re-watch.

Beautiful footage for rail fans.

The other item I bought was Chicago: America's Railroad Capitol, also produced by Trains (and a brand-new release tied to a special issue of the same name). This program is also about an hour long and hosted by Drew Halverson (of Drew's Trackside Adventures and other Kalmbach videos). After recently watching the 20th Century Limited, I admit I was expecting a program of a similar format. Unfortunately for both Jim and I, it's not the kind of program. While the footage is beautiful and in HD, it's primarily rail fanning shots taken along different points in the Chicago area. We were hoping for more historical footage and interviews, but this is not included. If you like modern diesels, though, there is plenty of eye candy for you to see. Turn up the volume and enjoy!

So there you have it! No chocolate or candy here--just some train watching for Valentine's Day!

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