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Riding the Alberta Prairie DVD
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Riding the Alberta Prairie DVD Greg Scholl Video Productions GSVP-018 604435001894
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Travel to western Canada for steam action and riding of the Alberta Prairie Railway from Stettler to Big Valley, Alberta. Located roughly between Calgary and Edmonton this is one of Canada's premier steam tourist operations. Power is 2-8-0 #41, which was previously Mississippian 77, and was built for the Frisco Railroad. We even include a couple of old clips of the engine as 77 in the background introduction on the dvd.

As the title indicates this is mostly a train ride, as we see the sights and sounds aboard the train as it heads to Big Valley. We see on-board entertainment with a singer, and a couple doing show tunes, and of course we enjoy the rolling scenery as we travel along. We also see some views from the vestibule of 41 working along ahead of us, and the train is stopped by robbers along the way, with some boarding the train. A shootout also takes place within view of the train patrons. After this we board the cab of 41 for the final short distance into the well maintained depot at Big Valley. This ends our coverage of the train ride, but we have more.

This video was shot in 1999, and we centered our trip around a run of 6060 which would be a longer run. This was a trip east on the former CP line from Stettler to Coronation, and today this line is completely gone. Our coverage is some nice pacing views we shot from the highway along side 6060, which is a 4-8-2 and the largest active steam engine in Canada.

Then we see some servicing views of 6060 at Coronation before ending our steam coverage. This footage was all shot with the same digital camera, and it is all wide screen 16x9. There are no runbys per se as they were all shot with another camera and not 16x9.

Thus most of this is the train ride on 41(about 25 minutes), and 10 more minutes of 6060.

So the train segment is 35 minutes. As a special FREE bonus, we have included another 25 minutes of Canadian wildlife which has a peaceful music background. This was all shot near Jasper, Alberta on the same trip.

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DVD Item#:GSVP-018
Runtime:35 Mins ($0.51/min)
Producer:Greg Scholl Video Productions
Aspect Ratio:Wide Screen
DVD UPC:604435001894
Shrink Wrapped?:Yes
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC
Riding the Alberta Prairie DVD
Steamboy (Revere MA US) on 2020-08-04 13:12:47.

  •  4 of 5

Well first of all it shows history of locomotive 41 using silent film clips which was later used in vintage steam in the east from 2017 and features some music from different performers on board the train as well as being surrounded by robbers plus the final 5 miles down the line in the cab of #41. The only activity for real railfans however, is the pacing sequence of Canadian National 4-8-2 #6060 on its way to coronation before the 60 mile line has since been ripped up, which does feature service shots of the locomotive at the destination. More trackside scenes from Stettler to coronation can be shown in CN 6060 Steam special. Which was released a year after this program was made. For an extra bonus at nearly 30 minutes, there is a musical montage of different animals that was quite similar to the 1998 program �mountain wildlife�. For previews however, there is only 1 on this dvd, which is �Deshler Mainline Crossroads�.

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

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