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Steam to Chicago DVD Pentrex S2CHI-DVD 748268006517
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Pentrex presents exciting steam railroading as five of the nation's most prominent and historic locomotives pull their excursion trains to the 1993 NRHS Convention in Chicago, Illinois.

The inbound Independence Limited, from Knoxville, Tennessee, is powered by four different steam engines on its four-day journey. Ex-Southern locomotive 4501 pulls the Special on day one from Knoxville to Richlands, Virginia. Then the famous Norfolk & Western streamlined class "J" 611 takes over for days two and three on its way to Portsmouth, Ohio, and into Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The last leg of the trip is led by ex-Nickel Plate engines 587 & 765 doubleheading over the former Nickel Plate Railroad mainline from Fort Wayne to Calumet Yard, south of Chicago. The weather is clear and sunny as we watch the locomotives working hard, putting on a perfect show. Meanwhile, the mighty Union Pacific Challenger 3985, on its way to Chicago, is re-routed through Nebraska and Kansas by severe Midwestern floods. The train's progress through Missouri is endangered several times when rising floodwaters almost reach track level.

Pentrex brings you the drama of big steam on the move in this exciting production. You won't want to miss any of the smoke, steam, and thundering sounds of these classic locomotives as they Steam to Chicago!

1 Hour
Beautiful Color with Live Audio and Narration
Presented in Standard Definition 4x3 Format
ISBN: 1-56342-368-5
UPC: 7-48268-00651-7
Copyright 1993, 2014

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DVD Item#:S2CHI-DVD
Runtime:1 Hour, 00 Mins ($0.40/min)
Producer:Pentrex
Aspect Ratio:Full Screen
DVD UPC:748268006517
Shrink Wrapped?:Yes
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC
Steam to Chicago DVD
rrvideoman (Outlook, Saskatchewan) on 2015-02-08 20:15:59.

People who found this review helpful: 3

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  •  4 of 5


Pentrex did good putting this video together. 1993 was a bad year for USA flooding and rail travel was difficult. Having to follow detoured trains became a challenge, and Pentrex met the task. While not a huge steam excursion fan, I did find the video quite interesting and would recommend it to the steam fans.

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

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Steam to Chicago DVD
Ron Harber (Strafford MO US) on 2021-01-23 22:19:53.

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  •  4 of 5


Pentrex and Main Line Motion Pictures were the only ones to capture the events of 1993. In Knoxville, Tennessee, Southern 4501 pulled the first day to Richlands, Virginia with the Independence Limited sponsored by the Roanoke Chapter NRHS. Day Two and Three, Norfolk and Western Class J 611 took over the train on former N&W main line to Portsmouth, Ohio and former Nickel Plate Road to Fort Wayne, Indiana. Final Day, two Nickel Plate steam engines 587 and 765 pulled the train the rest of the way to Chicago for the 1993 NRHS. In addition to Norfolk Southern steam specials, Union Pacific Challenger 3985 would also be traveling to Chicago but the 3985 ran many hours late when heavy rains and Missouri River flooded Nebraska and Missouri. More coverage of 1993 NRHS can be found in another Pentrex show; Chicago Steam Celebration. Great video but no chapters.

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

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Steam to Chicago DVD
Joshua Craig Beytien (Iowa) on 2018-05-08 18:25:22.

People who found this review helpful: 1

  •  5 of 5


The part involving the Challenger 3985 battling through bad weather when a detour to Chicago forced the engine to take on a different route had represented a challenge for the mighty locomotive, despite the delay of a closed line, the hazards from rain and wind, 3985 did lived up to its name as the "challenger", thrust into a great challenge of chugging through serious weather of rain and heat. But it's well-worth it.

Additional remarks by Joshua Craig Beytien:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value: Good Value
Recommend to others? Definitely.

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Steam to Chicago DVD
chris collins (fletcher north carolina) on 2019-02-15 20:41:31.

  •  5 of 5


steam to Chicago is a unique video pentrex put together this video follows over five different steam locomotives from four different railroads heading for the 1993 nrhs convention in Chicago Illinois the Roanoke chapter of the nrhs sponsored the 1993 Independence Limited for four steam engines the first on the trip follows southern mikado 4501 on the first day of the independence limited from Knoxville Tennessee to Richlands Virginia than the second and third days of the independence limited were powered by the mighty norfolk & western class j streamlined northern 611 on the second day the 611 powered the the train from richlands virgina to portsmouth ohio on the former norfolk & western mainline then the third day saw the 611 pulling the train from portsmouth ohio to fort wayne indiana still on the former n&w than latter the former nickel plate road mainline than at fort wayne the train was than pulled by both operating nickel plate road steam engines mikado 587 and Berkshire 765 on a doubleheader from fort wayne to the calumet yard outside Chicago there's also a look at union pacific challenger articulated 3985 on a special train which she had the more difficult time than the engines of the ns as she was detoured in Nebraska and Kansas with the terrible flooding by rain until she would arrive in st. Louis Missouri the 3985 had almost missed the event due to the bad weather but she was still able to make it for anyone who's a fan of mainline steam this is a unique look at these five steam machines make their way to Chicago for highly recommend for mainline steam fans

Additional remarks by chris collins:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Yes.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? A "Must Have"!

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Steam to Chicago DVD
Steamboy (Revere MA US) on 2018-03-01 07:16:27.

  •  4 of 5


This Prequel Video to the Chicago Steam Celebration video features 5 locomotives on 4 railroads heading to the windy city. Unfortunatley, Like the Big Boy 4014 Update and the Atlanta Steam Celebration DVDs, this one, doesn't have any chapter menus whatsoever. And not only that but Pentrex have listed the time limit wrong like their first Milwaukee Road 261 Video. I Checked the Time limit as the program plays, but its surprisingly a 75 minute video! The 261 tape is an 80 minute video as well. What was pentrex thinking back when these 2 videos were first released? Oh Well.

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

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