Mountain Thunder - Steam on the Heber Valley and Nevada Northern railroads DVD
Steamboy (Revere MA US) on 2020-03-19 14:29:04.
We begin this 100 minute program by visiting the Heber Valley Railroad in Utah, as Union Pacific 618 is making some morning preparations for the freight special alongside deer creek reservoir in February of 2006 or 2007. While 618 is being serviced, camera operator Peter Crooke does the narration of the town of Heber city and the actual railroad, as well as 618. With a pair of semaphore signals and a vintage truck, 618 backs up through a cloud of smoke, and later makes a runby between the yard and the highway with the snow covered mountains in the background. The sun is still rising as 618 whistles for the crossing. Many of these scenes were used in lots and lots of trains volume 3 from 2007 and also lots and lots of big trains part 1 from 2012 by Marshall publishing. Moments later, another runby is performed 3 times. this time it's from the opposite side of the tracks. During the special, 618 is carrying a northern pacific boxcar, a union Pacific hopper, a tank car, 2 Rio Grande hoppers, a flat bed, a Rio Grande gondola, and a union pacific caboose. These scenes were made on a 2 day weekend so keep your eyes open for the rearranged freight with extra cars as well as 2 different whistles: one peanut sized, and one that is a deep toned steamboat whistle that originally came with great western 75. Afterwards, 618 backs up and performs another runby at The crossing. Listen carefully for a wheelslip. Further down the line, 618 crosses over a bridge. Note the camera microphone on the left side of the screen. Moments later, 618 backs up for another runby as it goes through the trees. During the second runby, the camera is alongside the tracks. From across deer.creek, 618's peanut sized whistle is heard as well as a bird calling off screen. Next, the engine is in Highball mode with number 75's whistle. Afterwards, 618 passes by a boxcar at a siding in Charleston. Moments later, the sky is 100% blue as 618 passes by a concrete barn in the background. Another runby is made from a different angle. Beyond the barn, 618 negotiates a bend as it passes by the photographers, then it makes another runby. Afterwards, 618 whistles by an empty siding for a couple more scenes. Moments later, 618 is at the deer creek reservoir while Peter does a brief narration on this part of the line. Here The consolidation does a couple more runbys on this part of the Heber Valley to Vivian park branch. Afterwards, 618 is squeezing through the cliffs as it negotiates a bend, then it passes by another cliff alongside the deer creek reservoir. Listen to the peanut sized whistle. Before another runby, a tour of the cab is included, as well as a ride down the line with a steamboat whistle. Peter was inside the cab, as other photographers are in a diesel powered passenger train which is ahead of the special. Mike Manweiler is the engineer for the 2 day special. and Greg Udolph is the fireman. Keep in mind that 618 is burning 3 tons of coal, 3000 gallons of water. With the cab ride portion completed, 618 passes by an empty siding. With the runby completed, 618 does a back up move, and would have to be coupled up to the tank car which contains 10,000 gallons of water. The tank car that is closest to 618 on the freight with number 75's steamboat whistle is UTLX 85302. This would include some back and forth switching operations, as well as a blow down effect. As 618 is uncoupled from the freight to pick up the tank car with water, note the letters OSL on the rear which is short for Oregon short line, as 618 was originally numbered 1068 in 1907. With switching completed as well as the special pipe connected between 618 and the tank car, the freight resumes it's journey down the , after it gets some maintenance. Some automobiles are in the background as 618 negotiates an S curve, on the day it wore a peanut whistle. The sun is blowing as 618 makes a nice start up with the mountains in the background, and deer creek reservoir as well. Another runby is performed, this time it's on the top of a hill, as 618 is making a nice go away shot while negotiating an S curve, and also blowing its peanut whistle. The sun is setting as 618 is between the mountains, and the reservoir as it blows its own peanut whistle while negotiating a variety of bends. Earlier, we see the engine as it passes by a siding with extra cars from the day it wore a steamboat whistle. A caterpillar construction quarry is in the background as 618 approaches the camera crew. Deep in the Provo river canyon, 618 makes a couple more runbys before the Heber Valley segment came to a close. Today, all of these trains on the Deer creek reservoir route is operated by diesels while 618 and 75 are still waiting for more money during its rebuild.
From Utah, a trip West to the Nevada northern is included as 2-8-0 number 93 and ten wheeler number 40 are leaving The storage house. First comes number 93, and then number 40 which is named the ghost engine. After that they both leave the house carefully. Before that happens, a look inside the shop is included. Number 93 is from Alco, and number 40 is from Baldwin. One of the crew members on the Nevada northern is Mark Bassett who made noteworthy appearances on History channel's American restoration. During the trip, number 93 would be on an ore train, while the ten wheeler gets the passengers. Number 40 still has her original bell and whistle. Besides the ten wheeler itself, the station, the coal tower, the shanty the snowplow, and the water tower are all originals. Down by the station, number 40 is picking up orders, then heads for the keystone branch. Listen to that incredible whistle on the ten wheeler. Even though there is barely any snow on the ground, the action is still interesting. Number 93 follows behind with a freight, then it makes a couple more runbys at the same location. Note the 2 cabooses on the rear. Next we see number 40 chugging down the line as it makes a whistle signal just like it did for the railroad crossings. Number 93 follows behind. Afterwards, the ten wheeler whistles for The tunnel as it smokes up a storm while popping in and out of both sides. Back on the east portal, number 93 follows behind with he passenger train, then it leaves the other side. Meanwhile, there is some riding footage from the rear of the freight as it goes in and out of the tunnel, then it rolls down the line. Just West of the tunnel, number 93 picks up the pace, then it's back on board. Further down the line, the ghost engine picks up speed, then it's back to freight riding from the 2 cabooses. Back on the ground, number 40 negotiates a horse shoe curve, then number 93 follows behind. The wind is blowing as the ten wheeler is approaching keystone, then number 93 follows behind. Afterwards, the alco consolidation backs into the siding so that number 40 could back up, and also make a meet. With the ghost engine cleared, number 93 continues down the line. Like 618, both of these engines are coal burners. Another runby with 93 is performed, this time it's taken from the top of a snow covered mountain. Note the pick up truck alongside the rails. Moments later, a third runby with the consolidation is shown as we are back on ground level. Then we see a similar shot with number 40 after it negotiates an S curve. Again listen to the whistle on The ten wheeler. Back at the main depot, the ghost engine is uncoupled from the coaches, as it approaches by the consolidation for a side by side shot. Not all trains on the Nevada northern have to be pulled by steam as some diesels pull trains on days when steam is out of service. The next series of runbys are at the McGill line to the smelters yard. First we see number 40 whistling over a small concrete bridge as it passes by a reflecting pond, then it makes a couple more from a different angle. Number 93 follows behind. Another runby with the consolidation is shown from the other side of the track. Afterwards, the 93 whistles by the photographers while climbing. One caboose has been removed. Next, then ten wheeler follows behind. An overhead shot is shown as number 93 is in the lead, with number 40 following behind. On the return trip, number 93 is pulling the boxcars first with the caboose behind ore cars. The sun is setting as the consolidation picks up the pace for a second runby at the same location. Afterwards, the ghost engine billows black smoke as the sounds of cameras clicking and also the wind are heard. Further down the line earlier in the day, number 40 is chuffing well. Number 93 follows behind with a whistle show. The consolidation is parked on a siding to let the ten wheeler have the right of way. Moments later, number 40 whistles between the rock cliffs for a couple more runbys at probably milepost 116. Number 93 follows behind. These final runbys of the Nevada northern show both the ten wheeler and the consolidation at an S curve from the top of a hill. Note the state highway in the background during the approaching angle. The entire program comes to a close as number 93 arrives back at Ely as the sun is starting to set.
Overall, this is an incredible look at what winter and western steam freight trains in America has to offer.
Additional remarks by Steamboy:
Narration: Just enough.
Narration CAN be turned off in special features.
Would kids enjoy this? Definitely!
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value:: Fair.
Recommend to others? Definitely.