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German Steam 1972 & 1975 DVD Greg Scholl Video Productions GSVP-192 604435019295
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Flying into Luxembourg we began seeing steam in the Apach to Trier region of West Germany with mostly 2-10-0's on both freight and passenger trains. We also spent some time in Lebach shooting some footage on the line to Saarbrucken. This segment features a rather nice cab ride in 023-075 (2-6-2). These were the most modern engines in Germany, some being built as late as 1958. Brother Randy was on this trip, so we used film from both cameras throughout the video including the cab ride. In one scene Greg is shoveling coal into the firebox for instance. We made 2 different visits to Lauda, and the big attraction here was the dual departure of two passenger trains normally powered by class 23 2-6-2's. We dubbed this 7:00 event as the "Racers". We captured this 3-4 times over the two different visits. It was an incredible thing to witness with one train going to Wertheim, and the other to Wurzburg and on two different lines of course. We also saw various other passenger trains and freights in this region including some doubleheaders.

In between our Lauda visits we spent a bit of time with trains out of Hartmannshof where normally a 2-10-0 was used as a pusher to the top of a grade. We see several trains including a German military train, and a U.S. Military train. There is also regular freights and a coal train. At the top we even get the pusher cutting off on the fly in one scene. This is a nice segment thats different from the other areas.

A good bit of time was spend on the Rheine-Emden line as we see a lot of those great and speedy 4-6-2's (class 012) in action. These were 3-cylinder oil-fired engines that were rated for 72 miles and hour. A few years prior to this, the speed was 84. We see a lot of ore train action as ore comes into the docks at Emden and the railroad hauls it to the industrialized Ruhr valley, south of Rheine. On this line one doesn't chase but rather pick your spot for a couple of hours and wait for the next train to go north or south on this double-track mainline. Most all of our footage is trackside except the aforementioned cab ride in a 2-6-2 from Lebach. However we finish our coverage while riding behind an 012 pacific on our final day just hours before heading for the Luxembourg airport. If you like REAL, regular service steam action, then the variety here will be a welcome change from the usual U.S. cuisine! Shot on silent Super 8 movie film. Music & Narration.

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DVD Item#:GSVP-192
Runtime:1 Hour, 22 Mins ($0.27/min)
Producer:Greg Scholl Video Productions
Aspect Ratio:Full Screen
DVD UPC:604435019295
Shrink Wrapped?:Yes
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC
German Steam 1972 & 1975 DVD
Steamboy (Revere MA US) on 2020-06-15 20:53:40.

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In this installment of Greg's European steam in the 70s trilogy, it starts with a map of the country itself, followed by a 1972 visit to the moselle river valley in the cochem area which includes a lovely town, boats, & even a 2-10-0 followed by A diesel powered passenger rolls alongside the water. Another diesel powered passenger train rolls along the highway & water in the opposite direction followed by a lovely scene of the river valley itself with the town in the background. A visit to the shed area was made As a coal fired class 050 2-10-0 as its parked alongside another 2-10-0. The mainline action resumes as a 2-10-0 heads for Trier as it crosses the bridge at Koblenz on a freight. Next up is a passenger train that it's led by an 01 Pacific at Hof. A mention of the visit to Spain is included. At the Hof shed area, an 01 Pacific is backing up with the roundhouse in the background. Out on the mainline at milepost 77/7, class 01 number 188 heads from Neuenmarkt-wirsberg on the Hof line as it hauls passengers. A diesel is placed on the rear. Following behind is Another 01 Pacific as it descends the grade. Near marktschorgast, an 01 Pacific rolls through the crossing. At the next location, 2 trains were recorded on the same spot. First comes a 2-10-0, followed by an 01 Pacific. They are both descending the grade. On its way to Hof, a diesel assists class 01 number 088 as it climbs the grade with passengers onboard. An 01 Pacific climbs uphill followed by a 2-10-0 at the same location. An 01 Pacific is descending the grade from Hof with a long passenger train, followed by A visit to marktschorgast where a class 051 2-10-0 runs tender first. In the going away shot, note the 3 men on the tracks. Moments later at the same spot, an 01 Pacific arrives as it climbs uphill. Afterwards, a visit to the Neuenmarkt wirsberg yard is shown as it was filmed from the hotel. Here a class 050 2-10-0 moves around. Next, an 01 Pacific arrives from Hof while a diesel pushes cars, followed by A 2-10-0 leaving the yard. Today this location is now a museum. Moving right along to the riding footage behind an 01 Pacific, it's heading from Neuenmarkt wirsberg to Hof with a diesel helper as it climbs the grade at Schiefe -ebene to the summit at marktschorgast. A meet with another locomotive is included, & On the return trip, the Scholl brothers took a cab ride in the dark. The Next morning, a trio of the Pacific type engines were on passenger duty as they negotiate the big bend.

Moving Onto the east side of the international country itself, a passenger train with an 01.5 Pacific heads from bebra to east Germany. At honebach tunnel, an 01.5 Pacific heads to bebra as it approaches the other side of the tunnel while approaching the camera crew. A bebra to east Germany bound passenger train is near Ronshaussen. It's led by an 01.5 Pacific. Moments later, a visit to bebra station area was included as an electric passes by the depot with a light diesel switcher & an 01.5 leaving the area. At Ronshaussen station, an 01.5 is on the bebra to east Germany line. Next a quartet of railbuses makes a meet with An 01.5 Pacific at the honebach tunnel near the border. A workman inspects the signal while an 01.5 heads for the tunnel to east Germany. Back at Ronshaussen, a doubleheader is shown with a pair of pacifics. There is one doubleheader per day.

Moving right along to the crossing at the Paderborn to Altenbeken line, a class 044 2-10-0 heads east with a freight. For this segment, a piece of Unused music from the America by rail videos by Michael lynch is included. The same train crosses the viaduct. Away from the viaduct, the same freight with number 193 negotiates the bend. Back on the viaduct, a different freight follows behind, then it is seen again at the curved altenbeken viaduct.

With a visit to the viaducts finished, the first visit to the Rheine to emden line which was the final visit to Europe in 1972 before Greg could visit this line again a couple of years later. First up is a southbound doubleheader with a class 043 & a class 044 at Leschede hauling ore. Following behind is a light engine going backwards. Another light power heads backwards, this time it's a class 012 Pacific that's heading for Rheine. The tail of a passenger train is shown, followed by a meet with n 044 on a South bound ore train. At a different location, a southbound passenger train with an 012 Pacific heads for Rheine. The film runs out as another 012 Pacific is also on a southbound passenger run. On a different location, a meet with a southbound & a northbound with a pair of 012 pacifics are included. In the afternoon, a southbound ore train passes under the power lines. On a freight, a class 042 Mikado heads south. A few miles away from Rheine, a class 043 2-10-0 is on a northbound coal train. Followed by A short southbound diesel powered passenger train, a northbound passenger train with an 012 Pacific, a southbound doubleheader with a class 043 & a class 044 on an ore train, a northbound local with class 043 number 164, a class 042 running tender first with a freight to Rheine, a diesel powered passenger train, a class 043 2-10-0 on an ore train heading south, & a fast 012 Pacific with the express that was filmed from the hotel in the late afternoon sun. The airplane take off from Luxembourg was also used in steam in 3 countries. This segment concludes the 1972 films.

In March of 1975, Greg was traveling alone. The first locomotive that Greg filmed alone was a southbound ore train that was led by a class 043 2-10-0 in lathen. Before the cab ride, a ride on a coach behind class 012 number 063 is shown as it heads to Rheine. At the assigned destination, 063 gets cut off as the electric would take over the rest of the train to Cologne. Meanwhile, an 042 is on a freight. A class 110 electric gets cut off from the train after leaving cologne. The rest of the train would be pulled by 012 Pacific number 075 to nordeich mole & back. This is the locomotive that Greg would be riding inside the cab for the entire journey. Ironically, the fireman on the locomotive was from Canada. Underway now, the 075 passes by the signal box at Lnf. The track speed is 72 miles per hour. 2 months later, the 012 Pacific type locomotives in Germany are gone for good although some was saved. The inspector was also onboard the cab ride. A still image for the dead end at nordeich mole wharf is included as well as a few still images of the area itself & the return trip.

Back at lathen, an 012 Pacific makes a going away shot with a passenger train. During a visit to italy, Greg meet British railfan Peter Montgomery. Back in Germany, an 012 Pacific is Highballing with a passenger train, then they chased 075 to Nordeich mole, & filmed the engine at the wharf area. After dropping passengers off to catch their boats to the North sea, the locomotive backs into the depot, uncouples the coaches, & heads for the service area to be turned. With service & turning complete, 075 backs to the wharf. A couple of still images are included, & We see a 2-10-0 on an ore train. Next, an 012 Pacific is on a passenger run. Followed by a class 043 2-10-0 on an ore train, another 043 with an ore train, & pace a 3rd 043 on an ore train. Leaving lathen, a class 012 Pacific is on A southbound passenger train. A northbound ore train with a class 043 2-10-0 heads for emden at milepost 279/3.

Moving right along to the lauda area, an 023 class 2-6-2 leads a passenger train tender first. For this segment, the Santa Barbara to cuesta grade portion of America by rail the West coast route from 1995 was used. On the Crailsheim line, a pair of 2-10-0s are doubleheading with passengers onboard. Some scenes were made of the doubleheader. Next up is a chase with a class 050 2-10-0 with a freight. Afterwards, an 023 class 2-6-2 is on a passenger run, followed by a pair of 2-10-0s doubleheading on a short military train. Another 023 class 2-6-2 is on a passenger run. Followed by a chase of class 023 number well obviously 023 on a passenger train, which does include some pacing. Afterwards, a freight with military equipment is shown which is led by 2-10-0 number 759 (A reference to the surviving NKP Berkshire). Multiple scenes were included on this train. A clip from German steam 1974 is shown at the location known as the racers. Due to the snow in 1975, still images were only used. Around lauda, many of the class 023 2-6-2s are shown as they move around the yard, as well as heading for their assigned destinations at Crailsheim or Heilbronn. In the snow, a chase of a class 050 2-10-0 on a passenger run is shown which includes some pacing.

For the remainder of the final segment in this program, the salt lake city Utah to Reno Nevada portion of America by rail the heartland from 1994 was used. This song was also used in N&W 611 on home rails by railway productions in 2018, as well as one of Greg's newest titles: the rotary in late February & early March of 2020. A final visit to the Rheine to emden line was included. First we see an ore train with a class 043 2-10-0 heading north followed by a southbound with a class 043 2-10-0. The final few scenes show a class 012 Pacific on a passenger run. Again, as may 1975 comes, the final fires are dropped for the 012 pacifics. Following behind is Another ore train with another class 043 2-10-0, & the European steam films come to a close as a southbound doubleheader passes by the Rheine depot. It's led by a class 042 mikado.

Overall, Christopher Kovacs (trainmaster844) did an outstanding job narrating this program.

Additional remarks by Steamboy:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Yes.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? A "Must Have"!

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