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SP&S 700 Washington Steamfest
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SP&S 700 Washington Steamfest Greg Scholl Video Productions GSVP-005 604435000590
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SP&S 700 was rebuilt in Portland and this trip in October of 1990 was its first major outing, and perhaps one of its best since its restoration. The event was the Washington Steamfest in Yakima, on the Washington Central, which has since been sold back to BNSF. This run included Portland to Pasco on the former SP&S trackage that 700 was built for, and then onto former Northern Pacific trackage to Prosser, Yakima, Ellensburg, and Cle Elum. The scenic Columbia Gorge and Yakima River Canyons form superb backgrounds for this lovely 4-8-4. There were three of these engines built to the NP 4-8-4 design and 700 is the sole survivor. In addition to the 700 we will also see Great Western 2-8-0 Number 51 running short trips and even meeting 700 at one location. 700 operated on short trips, dinner trains, and one-way trips that eventually took it back to Portland after the Steamfest was concluded. No diesel helpers on these trips, just 700 doing all the work. When this video was originally released it was 60 minutes. We re-edited the video recently for the dvd and now its 90 minutes. This is a companion video to the SP 4449 Washington Steamfest. After 4449 ran trips in and around Yakima 700 made an encore performance on its first big outing. Don't miss this great steam action.

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DVD Item#:GSVP-005
Runtime:1 Hour, 30 Mins ($0.30/min)
Producer:Greg Scholl Video Productions
Aspect Ratio:Wide Screen
DVD UPC:604435000590
Shrink Wrapped?:Yes
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC
SP&S 700 Washington Steamfest
Nikhil Murthy (Washington) on 2016-01-20 16:51:36.

People who found this review helpful: 4

  •  3 of 5

This program shows the SP&S 700 during the 2nd week of Steamfest '90 shortly after being returned to service earlier in the year. Here is a summary of the segments in this program:

October 17, 1990: Portland, OR to Kennewick, WA
October 19, 1990: 2 Roundtrips from Kennewick to Prosser with 700 while Great Western 51 makes a roundtrip from Prosser to Granger. At night, the 700 heads from Kennewick to Yakima while 51 heads for Toppenish.
October 20, 1990: 2 Roundtrips from Yakima to Ellensburg with 700 while Great Western 51 makes a roundtrip from Ellensburg to Cle Elum.
October 21, 1990: A roundtrip from Yakima to Cle Elum with 700
October 22, 1990: Yakima to Pasco
October 23, 1990: Pasco, WA to Portland, OR

The only complaints I have for this video is that the dates are incorrect unlike Mark I Video's production of this event "Steamfest '90." In addition, since this program was produced in 1990, there is some audio issues as some of the narration is harder to hear compared to the noise the 700 is making. But overall, 700 puts on a good show with her loud exhaust and her engineer showing off her melodious-sounding whistle on many runbys.

Additional remarks by Nikhil Murthy:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Yes.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value:: Fair.
Recommend to others? Yes.

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SP&S 700 Washington Steamfest
Hawaii_train_Dude (Mililani HI US) on 2019-10-07 23:39:55.

People who found this review helpful: 2

  •  4 of 5

This program and �Steam to Spokane� are the first programs I own of the 700. This program is a follow up of �SP 4449 Washington Steamfest� and the newly restored SP&S 700 makes an encore performance for her first excursion. 700 dose look great especially sporting that special painted auxiliary water tender. If you like big steam and don�t have any programs on the 700 then you would wanna get this copy right now!

Additional remarks by Hawaii_train_Dude:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value: Seemed a little high, but not too bad.
Recommend to others? Definitely.

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