In the early 1950's steam locomotives were being replaced rapidly by diesels on most railroads and Northern Pacific was no exception. Fortunately photographers like Mr. Maynard Laing, of Bellevue, Washington chronicled many of the final days of steam in his area including the famous Casey Jones excursions with some of the last NP steamers in the Seattle area. Northern Pacific 4-6-0 #1372 is one of the stars of the program as it operates on the an excursion from Seattle in December 1956, followed by two more excursions in 1957 including the line to North Bend, Washington. This scenic line, with many high wooden trestles and light rail, was suited for 1372 which operated in this area in freight service (a scene from the video is our cover painting at Woodinville Tank in freight service by Patrick Haskett). Photographer Laing's longtime friend Elwin Purington has supplied us with authentic NP sounds to use with the original 16mm film and the real sounds of NP engines makes this a historically significant video. In one scene 1372 passes the famous Snoqualmie falls and you feel like you are right there. Besides the 1372 there is some earlier footage around Seattle which includes the famous Timken engine 4-8-4 #2626 at the Seattle engine facility, and engine 1911 on the Turntable and on a train headed for Tacoma. Additional scenes show a 4-6-6-4 on the turntable at Spokane, and a few other odds and ends. All the engines in this video have since been scrapped, as 1372 was scrapped shortly after the last trip shown on this video. Don't forget to check out other tapes we have produced from the Laing collection including the Rayonier tape, and the DM&IR video. There are a few more to come! Greg Scholl Video Productions
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Northern Pacific - Farewell to Steam - Greg Scholl Video Productions
Steamboy (Revere MA US) on 2017-05-15 20:11:51.
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4 of 5
This 1998 Video was the very first GSVP program to contain the Maynard Lang films. The Scenery and the locomotives are quite astonishing to look at, but the sound however is sometimes out of sync or at the wrong part of Mr. Lang's Silent films. Eventually when it was first released on VHS only in 1998, its the only GSVP program to feature the Stamped on Ink labe with a creative GSVP logo which was not used until the new website was formed in 2000. Also on the VHS version, there are 2 Previews related to this title, Which was SP&S 700 Washington Steamfest from 1991, and a second Maynard Lang program: Rayonier The Last Steam logger are presented at the end.
Additional remarks by Steamboy: Narration:Just enough. Would kids enjoy this?Maybe. Image quality:Good. DVD Value::Fair. Recommend to others?Yes.