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DM&IR Steam Variety DVD
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DM&IR Steam Variety DVD Greg Scholl Video Productions DMSV 604435014290
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This program is a great companion to our DM&IR Yellowstones-Giants of Steam. It has many things in it not seen in the other, which makes both videos great to own. The new DM&IR Steam Variety has many scenes of Proctor Engine terminal as well as Two Harbors terminal. Yes, there is plenty of 2-8-8-4 Yellowstone footage, and besides the ore hauling, we see them performing ore-thawing service, and in some late steam-era excursion service as well. Besides the big Yellowstones we also see a variety of other DM&IR steam engines including switching duties with ex-Bessemer engines and DM&IR power. We will see the well-proportioned 2-10-4's and other locos moving about the yard areas too.

This footage is all 16mm film originals, and shot by Perry Becker of Minnesota. We have also included a few minutes of the nearby shortline Duluth and Northeastern Railway, that was shot by Maynard Laing during the same period as the Becker Films. All of the films have sound added by us. As with most films there was none that was shot on the film. However, we used audio that we had from 1958-59 visits recorded by Elwin Purington, that we also used on the DM&IR Yellowstones video. All the audio on this Steam Variety program that shows Yellowstones, has Authentic Yellowstone audio with those scenes. Other locomotives may not be authentic to their classes, but in most cases the scenes don't matter that much, since they are slow switching moves. The Duluth and North Eastern Audio is authentic also, since it was recorded about the time they were there.

As mentioned there are few excursion scenes shown, including one in 1961 which had two Yellowstones running on two separate excursions on the exact same day. One was from Two Harbors and one from Duluth. We see shots from both, which had Yellowstones 224 and 225 on the different excursion trains.

This program is slightly longer than the first one we did, thus is $5.00 more in cost. I think both this one and the DM&IR Yellowstones-Giants of Steam should be in all steam fan collections, especially those that enjoy big vintage steam power.

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Runtime:44 Mins ($0.61/min)
Producer:Greg Scholl Video Productions
Aspect Ratio:Full Screen
DVD UPC:604435014290
Shrink Wrapped?:Yes
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC
DM&IR Steam Variety DVD
Steamboy (Revere MA US) on 2018-03-15 17:46:37.

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  •  4 of 5

This now 10 year old program features a decent variety of steam in the Midwest. First there is a 1947 visit to the Hibbing Minnesota mine shot by Clarence Becker, as well as a mixed variety in proctor & two harbors. Fast forward to 10 years later in September of 1957, we see some yard work at two harbors & proctor. Such as Bessemer & Lake Erie 2-10-4 715 at the wash down, Union Railroad 0-10-2 #604 switching cars both backwards & forwards, and a static shot of 2-10-4 #700 is shown. Yellowstone #229 is seen at the coal dock heading backwards for the roundhouse to get a wash down, and a spin on the turntable. Sister engine 234 goes underneath the camera crew, plus 229 is going for a rest at the roundhouse. More scenes of 604 are shown as well as some decent action at proctor. B&LE 2-10-4 #708 is getting its side rods cleaned, plus some static shots of Yellowstones, a bird�s eye view of the ore docks, and some movement going on at two harbors, such as Yellowstone 222 in the low light for servicing and pulling the empty ore train between two harbors & Duluth on the loop line. A quickie Of RDC motor car 1 is shown, plus more action at proctor. And also an unidentified Yellowstone is heading for the range on the loop Line. And a quick look at the locomotives waiting for their assignments at the two harbors yard. Yellowstone 226 is going backwards. Plus another bird�s eye view of two harbors is shown and the 1957 visit is concluded with an unidentified 2-10-2 switching in Duluth on many high steel bridges.

In 1958, a July 5 trip was made as Yellowstone 222 pulls the circle tour starting at Duluth, northeast to two harbors, northwest to biwabik, and also to the iron range, plus heading home to Duluth via proctor. The first photo runby was from Duluth to two harbors. At two harbors we see 604 on display, and see 222 taking water as well. At biwabik, the engine takes water in the tender but with the coaches added. A last operational look at 2-8-2 1305 is shown before going for scrap. Next 222 performs another runby between iron junction & proctor. Finally the excursion concludes with a short ride onboard the train. At proctor, we see future famous surviving locomotive 502 at the turntable.

In 1959, there wasn�t one but 2 visits were made at the same year. In May, we see Yellowstone 228 at the proctor turntable and roundhouse, plus some early diesels on the Bessemer & Lake Erie hauling freight on the loop line. Next a unique motorcar W56 is shown shuttling employees around the yard. Next we see 228 picking up cars heading for the mines, and see some chasing action at Adolph heading northbound. Plus south of munger, and also near Saginaw, and culver with some decent pacing shots. The next day 228 hauls empties from proctor to culver Minnesota. More early diesels are shown such as the great northern units. The following November, we see a good variety of ore melting action as snow has fallen into the ground. All of the Yellowstones and B&LE 2-10-4s played a big role hauling coal in the winter, as well as shunting ore, plus multiple yard chores at both proctor and two harbors are included as well as some light engine movements.

As the 1950s transforms into the 1960s, there is a July 3 excursion as 222 operates from Duluth to elli witten Minnesota, via two harbors. Next there was not one but 2 excursions on the same day with 2 Yellowstones which was on July 2nd 1961. The 224 trip on the circle tour was first. Followed by 225�s trip to coal reign as far as Saginaw. The Becker footages were a-ok, and the DM&IR segments were already finished with Everett Rohrer quickies. Finally a visit to the Duluth & northeastern in 1958 & 1959 were shown, as Maynard Laing did some decent filming, while Elwin Purington recorded the sounds.

Overall this 2007/2008 sequel to the 1999 DM&IR was excellent and John Edward Hingsbergen did some fine well-detailed narration. This program is not only a great companion to the 1999 DM&IR Video, but also for the other 5 Maynard Laing programs between 1998 & 2000.

Additional remarks by Steamboy:
Narration: A little bit too much.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: A little rough around the edges.
DVD Value: Seemed a little high, but not too bad.
Recommend to others? Definitely.

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