Our SP Steam show begins with 1930's black and white footage in the Tehachapi range which includes riding in the cab of a cab forward, number 4100. Then we enjoy some color and black and white footage of ferries in the San Francisco Bay then ride the famous Coast Daylight from Los Angeles toward San Francisco, including some meets, and a helper over Cuesta Grade. This footage is black and white and Color. We move to the Sierra Nevada and see mainly Cab Forwards in pusher service with Black Widow F-units up front. A little viewed area is the Siskiyou Line which splits from the mainline at Black Butte. We ride trains 327 and 328 in this mountain region just before those trains were terminated. There is a wide variety of action in the Bay Area including Oakland, Oakland Mole Station, West Oakland diamond, engine service area, and San Francisco, where we ride a train to Los Gatos, and see other action. At West Oakland Roundhouse we see the now famous GS4 4-8-4 number 4449 in "Warbaby" black livery without the skirts. Our final segment is a parade of trains and transportation for the celebration opening the Los Angeles Union Passenger Station in 1939. There are Southern Pacific, Union Pacific and Santa Fe locomotives in this segment. Much of the footage is from original 8mm silent movies from the Ken Shattock Collection. We have it professionally transferred to video, and its now all on this DVD. Music and informative historical narration have been added, and we think you will find this to be a great addition to your steam library. Mostly color but some black and white.
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57 Mins ($0.47/min)
Greg Scholl Video Productions
0 Worldwide NTSC
SP Steam Variety DVD
Steamboy (Revere MA US) on 2017-08-14 08:55:10.
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3 of 5
This 2013 DVD features some well done films by the Shattock boys. First there is a 1930's black and white segment onboard cab forward 4100, as well as some color shots on tehatchapi grade which were eventually reused from the Vintage Rail Journey DVD from 2010. The next black and white segment even though the majority of this program is steam railroading, there is some long gone but not forgotten ferry boats as well as a look at a SP GS-2 locomotive. The next segment is a ride on the northbound coast daylight, as the color scenes were shot 6-7 coaches behind the unidentified 4-8-4. But at San Luis obispo, it switched to black and white as an unidentified 2-10-2 helps the daylight up Cuesta grade. At Santa Barbara, we not only got off the train, but did however got back into color. Next is a montage on donner pass with cab forward helpers in pusher service. Plus riding the siskyou line from dunsmir to Grant's pass with 3249, and again on the return trip. As well as a montage on the bay area, with some Santa fe steamers in cameo appearances. We finally close the program with the grand opening of LAUPT in 1939. John Edward hingsbergen did some a-ok narration as well as some fine music by gene Michael productions.
Additional remarks by Steamboy: Narration:Just enough. Would kids enjoy this?Maybe. Image quality:Excellent! DVD Value:Seemed a little high, but not too bad. Recommend to others?Yes.