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Silverton in Winter Rotaries on Cumbres DVD
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Silverton in Winter Rotaries on Cumbres DVD Sunday River Productions DVD-NG460
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After years of silence the walls of the mighty canyons echo once again to the strident whistles of the narrow gauge in wintertime. A fairy tale come true as the mighty 480 class engines tackle a mantle of dazzling white. A living memory of an age that ended (with our grandfathers.) 481 digs in for a run over the high line and up the Animas Canyon to Teft Spur.


In the heyday of the Cumbres line, the Rio Grande kept two rotaries ready on each side of the pass: OM the first narrow gauge rotary ever built, in Chama and OY, the last, in Antonito. They ordered the world's only narrow gauge spreader, OU, to shuttle back and forth over the pass beating back the walls of snow. In this DVD you will see all three of these unique pieces of equipment. See the only surviving narrow gauge snow fighting tools anywhere, in letter-perfect condition as they tackle the drifts from the Chama side of the pass. Only from Sunday River.

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DVD Item#:DVD-NG460
Producer:Sunday River Productions
Aspect Ratio:Full Screen
Shrink Wrapped?:NO!
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC

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Silverton in Winter Rotaries on Cumbres DVD
Steamboy (Revere MA US) on 2020-02-14 15:49:22.

  •  5 of 5

In Silverton in winter from 1982, it starts with 481 taking a spin at the turntable in Durango, then it leaves the roundhouse area. Afterwards, 481 does some light movements to couple up to the coaches for the trip to the high line. With everyone onboard, it's time to leave the depot as 481 passes by the local McDonald's, then whistles for home ranch and the Hermosa water tower. Next, 478 crosses the bridge, followed by 481 making a water stop. Once the tender is filled up, 481negotiates an S curve as it heads for the high line over the animas river. Some riding footage is included as 478 negotiates a bend. The snow is deep as 481 chugs alongside the blankets, then it whistles through the Colorado canyon walls. The tracks gained elevation as the animas river is getting deeper. Again listen to the whistle on 481. At teft spur Colorado, 481 is turned on the wye. Once it recouples to the coaches, 481 heads back to Durango as there is more footage of 478 which includes some riding footage. Next, 481 whistles for the highline over the animas river. In the going away shot, some passengers are waving to the cameraman. 478 whistles for the crossing, as 481 makes another stop for water, crossed bridges, and arrives back in Durango. This segment of the program ran for 11 minutes, has sound, and doesn't have narration.

In the rotary to cumbres portion of the combo from 1978, there is maintenance being served on rotary OM as 487 leaves the chama shops then backs up to couple up to the plow as it pushes through the snow at Jukes tree. Behind the snowplow is an open gondola with passengers. In regular Rio Grande days there were 4 plows: OM, ON, OO, & OY. OM was built in 1889. It was the 24th snowplow built. The C&TS restored the rotary in 1973. Still shoving the snow out of the way, Both OM & 487 are at lobato lake. Back at chama on a different day, 487 is using Jordan spreader OU which was built in 1924. Not only is 487 using its own pilot snowplow in the front, the Jordan spreader pushes the snow away from the tracks. After moving the OU back into the yard, 487 heads back for some maintenance, which includes a musical montage. A look at OY is shown as 487 does some pushing. The OY was restored in 1978, last used in 1983, and has been called out again in 1991, 1993, and 1997.487 pushes the OY over a bridge, then heads for the highway 17 crossing. Further up the line the snow is getting deeper as the plow chows down on the snow. At last the program comes to a close as the high hooter on OY whistles off in the going away shot. This was narrated and ran for 12 minutes.

Overall, these are interesting films to look at during the early years of the D&S and the C&TS.

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

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