Summer Steam Spectacular Vol 2 - A Festival of Steam DVD
Steamboy (Revere MA US) on 2020-08-09 23:08:47.
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In volume 2, this program starts with 614 going over the camera for a nice underground shot, 844 on the Tennessee pass line, Brighton & saco river 7 in edaville at carver Massachusetts, a cab ride at the city of Portland maine narrow gauge museum, followed by a ground shot during the opening titles.
Beginning with the Portland Maine narrow gauge museum, there are still images. The first 2 foot narrow gauge tracks were built in 1877 in Billerica Massachusetts. A black and white film clip of Sandy river & Rangely lakes number 9 in the winter is shown as it carries a coach & caboose 01, followed by some preparations before taking a spin on the turntable. Meanwhile on the Bridgeton & Harrison railroad, 2-4-4T number 8 runs light with some workmen holding right to the bunker on the rear, then it handles a small freight. Meanwhile, 0-6-0 number 7 is on a passenger run, followed by a map of the original edaville railroad. In the modern era, a pair of 2-4-4T engines 7 & 8 ran a doubleheader. After the original edaville railroad was closed in 1991, it was re-opened 8 years later in 1999 that was transformed into a theme park for children to enjoy. Since 2015, this once 1940s to 1990s mainline of narrow gauge steam in Massachusetts, has become the first to have an official Thomas the tank engine theme park not counting the six flags locations. Back in Portland, the Monson 3 arrives back at the platform alongside the harbor. In the late afternoon, the number 3 is on another run alongside the beach, followed by A shot of both engines 3 & 8 at the shops, & also the monson engine again on a different run. Afterwards, a look at the monson engine is shown on June 28, 1997 in monson Maine as it operates back and forth on a short piece of track alongside the original depot. Back to the Portland harbor on the 4th of July weekend, as it whistles for the crossing. Then the camera cuts to the cab ride, as well as a night photo session for the fireworks display on the 4th of July celebration. Some commentary from other people offscreen are heard as the number 3 idles with more fireworks in The background. This 0-4-4T was built by the Vulcan iron works of Wilkes Barre Pennsylvania in 1913. The Next morning July 5, finds number 8 going backwards as it leaves the maintenance shops. This 2-4-4 was built by Baldwin in 1924. It's the largest of the surviving 2 foot narrow gauge steam engines. Since moving to Maine after the original edaville closed, the number 8 was rarely used due to the size of the engine as well as money issues for every day use. The morning run finds number 8 with 2 coaches. Afterwards, it departs the run around track with the out of service swing bridge in the background due to the fire destroying the generator in 1984. The other side of the bridge is the local freight only branch from Waterville. Again, the entire short stretch of track runs alongside a pedestrian path near the water front. All of a sudden, the engine arrives back in the shops to remove its coaches, then it would handle a small freight in the afternoon with 3 flatbeds, 1 bixcar, & a caboose. Some scenes were made with the beyond repair swing bridge in the background. Moments later, a short cab ride was shown. Back on the ground, number 8 passes by the storage tracks, then it heads for the runaround track near the docks. Moments later, the 2-4-4T whistles for the crossing While monson 3 fires up in the background. To close the 4th of July weekend in maine, both locomotives perform a doubleheader with 2 coaches that were used on the morning special as well as extra coaches on the rear. Here we see number 3 whistling in the first scene, followed by an arrival back at the depot near the docks with both engines whistling. About a month earlier before the 4th of July celebration in maine, the number 8 was at the original edaville railroad before it was transformed to a theme park a couple of years later. How did the 1924 Baldwin built 2 foot steamer get between Maine & Massachusetts? It travels on a flatbed from a semi truck. While the 4th of July weekend long special in maine was shot by Mark balkin, the edaville footage from a month earlier was photographed by the narrator himself: the late Railfan & railroad magazine editor Jim Boyd. First we see sister engine number 7 at the depot as it backs up from the original diamond of the original edaville railroad. The date is June 8, 1997, as you can tell by the 80th birthday of Mr. Fred H. Richardson. Mr. Richardson was an executive for the original edaville railroad since 1955. Underway now, some riding footage behind the 2-4-4T is included. This special was the first time since the end of the original edaville in 1991 when number 7 ran under its own power. Back at the main depot, the number 7 leaves the yard as it passes by the signals. Moments later, the engine performs a reflection shot, as we say goodbye to 2 foot narrow gauge steam in New England.
From New England, we head south to the Allegheny mountains as former lake superior & ishpeming 2-8-0 number 734 operates a coal train using 9 CSX hoppers for the day. This one day special was photographed by John Briggs. Besides the Mark 1 video crew, main line motion pictures (which is due for its reissue by pentrex and/or Highball productions), & blue ridge productions were also there for the chunky consolidation's run from Cumberland to the turntable at Frostburg. The date is July 20 1997, as 734 is at the Cumberland station while facing the interchange track. During the restoration in 1993, mountain thunder (as many Cumberland & Frostburg residents plus some railfans call the nickname of this since been out of service locomotive), the front headlamp came from Burlington hudson 3010. The headlamp was also contributed by the narrator himself. Also during the restoration, 734's original tender was replaced with the one that was originally used on a New York Central Mohawk. It's already the early morning as the Carl Franz chartered special whistles over the Potomac river as it crosses The state line between the Ridgely West Virginia shops, & The Cumberland station which is located underneath the interstate 68 bridge. Throughout the July 20, 1997 special, 734 performed at over 25 runbys. West of the station, mountain thunder whistles for the market street overpass with some churches in the background. After going under the overpass as well as going under the bridge for the CSX Grafton West Virginia line, 734 is at the narrows with the river in the front ground, While state highway 40 & The CSX mainline over sand patch grade is behind the camera crew. Moments after crossing the bridge over state routes 36 & 40 as well as helmstetters curve which is one of the most photographed locations on the western Maryland line, the chunky consolidation heads for the 900 foot long brush tunnel which was built in 1913 the same year as the Cumberland station. Another runby was performed at brush tunnel. With the mountains in the background, 734 chugs cheerfully uphill as it heads for it next runby location: the coal tipple curve. Moments after using the number 9 switch & The track transformed to Cumberland & Pennsylvania property, 734 is taking a spin at the turntable in Frostburg, which was donated from CSX after it was used in Elkins West Virginia. With a show at the turntable finished, the 1916 Baldwin built 2-8-0 rejoined it's train as it makes a runby for the arrival of the depot restaurant which is now a western dead end stop for the WMSR. Afterwards, it makes another runby at coal tipple, followed by Sunnyside, as well as Helmstetters curve with a still image that was photographed by bill price on May 15, 1952. All to soon, the one day special comes to a close as mountain thunder returns the hoppers to the CSX interchange track at Cumberland. While 734 was out of service in 2016 after turning 100, the railroad is still restoring the final steam locomotive from Baldwin to operating condition: Chesapeake & Ohio 2-6-6-2 number 1309 from 1949 which used to be on display at the Baltimore & Ohio railroad museum until 2014.
From Cumberland, the Mark 1 video crew drove for over 2.5 hours south to the cass scenic railroad in West Virginia beginning with some riding footage from a caboose as western Maryland shay number 6 whistles off. Like the B&H 7 in edaville, this segment was also photographed by the narrator himself. The railfan weekend ran from Friday May 16 (7 years after Muppets creator & performer Jim Henson died), to Sunday May 18. A go pro shot from the shay mechanism is shown. Besides the big 6 built by lima Ohio in 1945, 2 more shays from lima are operating on the weekend long special: number 4 built in 1922 for the GC&E & Number 2 built in 1928 for the mower company. A quick cab ride on shay 2 is shown and we see big 6 following behind with a passenger train. In the afternoon, number 2 whistles over a creek near bear mountain crossing. Listen to the hooter whistle on shay number 2. Another runby finds the big 6 going over the same location. 2 different angles of the big 6 were made at the same creek. Moments later, a repeat of shay 2 was shown as it activates the hooter whistle. Back on the caboose, the crew is being chased by big 6 on Sunday as they head for bald knob & spruce where the cass line meets the Elkins line. At bald knob, the 2 trains were combined as the big 6 ran light while turning on the wye. Everyone wanted to see this giant of the shays in action. Other shays 2 & 4 are still doubleheading up front While big 6 pushes from the rear. Near bald knob, shays 2 & 4 whistle first while big 6 still pushes from the rear. Afterwards, the train switches directions with big 6 on a caboose hop, as we say goodbye to the Allegheny mountains of West Virginia.
Our next segment takes us to the Ohio central as buffalo creek & Gaulley 2-8-0 number 13 handles a hopper train as it whistles for the crossing. Fall is here on Saturday September 20, 1997 as number 13 heads out of Dennison while crossing over the bridges. Meanwhile, Canadian national 4-6-0 number 1551 handles the passenger run wit some photographers onboard. Like the B&H 7 in edaville & The shays at Cass, this segment was also photographed by the narrator himself. Moments later, number 13 follows behind, as it rolls through the Switzerland of Amish country. Another runby of number 13 is shown. Afterwards a night photo session of the steam locomotives are shown at coshocton. Which consists of 1551, 13, CP 1293, a random 0-4-0 tank engine, & Reading T1 4-8-4 number 2100 which like sister engine 2102 is still undergoing restoration. On Sunday morning, 1293 is on the panhandle line. The engineer for 1293 is Grant Geist who was also a railroad photographer for Berkshire productions. Another runby of 1293 was performed. Meanwhile, 1551 doubleheads with 13 on a freight train. Afterwards, there is some pacing as both engines are whistling for the people. Next, the 1293 is stopped on a siding as both 13 & 1551 are rolling by the yard track, then we are back in pacing mode from the coaches of 1293 as both engines whistle for different crossings as they head for trimway. Note the wooden ties alongside the rails. At the end of the parallel run, 13 & 1551 teamed up with 1293 for a tripleheader to black run. The driver for the number 13 is NKP 765 engineer/O gauge railroading magazine editor/narrator for Hopewell productions, machines of iron, & O gauge railroading magazine videos Rich Melvin. A cab ride on the consolidation is shown. From the ground the engines pass by more chasers. Since 2008, the railroad was purchased by the Gennessee & Wyoming freight only company & today all of these engines that the late Jerry Jacobsen purchased & owned over the years, are on display at the age of steam roundhouse in sugar creek.
From Ohio, we're in superior Wisconsin on June 21 1997 as Soo line 1003 is being prepared for its inaugural run since its 1996 restoration. Like the Portland Maine museum, this was photographed by Mark balkin. 1003 was built in 1913 & retired in 1959. Leaving the shops, 1003 carries a wooden boxcar while assembling the consist for the run to Duluth. Next it couples up to the caboose to be placed on the front of the train & with switching finished, there is some maintenance to be done as 1003 whistles for the freight that is led by CP 8264 & Soo line 4508. This is the shortest segment in this program.
From a very short visit in Wisconsin, we're now in the Rocky mountain territory as the Cumbres & toltec are sending over rotary snowplow OY in the gray paint, as it clears the line for the 1997 season. This event would mark the last time the plow would be used in active service until recently in late February & early March of 2020. This segment was photographed by Tom Kelcec & John Briggs. Besides the Mark 1 video crew, machines of iron, & 2 America by rail producers Greg Scholl & Les Jarrett were also there for this interesting event. First we see the plow passing by the water tower at the Chama New Mexico yard on Saturday May 3, as it is being moved around by 487. Other Locomotives, 488, & 484 are the assigned engines for the snow busting train. A map from Rio Grande rotary spectacular in 1993 was used as well as the 10,015 feet Cumbres pass covered in deep snow. Back to the 1997 footage, 487 backs into the other mikados. Underway now, the tripleheader heads for the battle of Cumbres pass as a maintenance speeder follows behind. This trip marks the third time that 487 & 488 were on snowplow duty while it's the first time for 484 in snow busting duty. Afterwards, the train whistles for lobato lake with highway 17 on the left. While at the frozen lake, 487 is having some slipping issues. Moments after taking turns at the trestle over wolf creek due to weight restrictions, 487 whistles for the crossing. At a few miles beyond the trestle, the plow gets underway as it removes the first snow bank on the line at an S curve. Afterwards, there is more snow to be cleared as the 1923 built monster removes more snow while heading for Cumbres. Moments later, the OY is still chomping at windy point before reaching the summit. In just a single day like the 1991 trips, the rotary clears the entire Chama to Cumbres portion of the route of the Rio Grande narrow gauge. Beyond cumbres, there is a boulder blocking the tracks which The entire process was shown in first train to toltec by the GSVP/RP crew. A month after the snowplow run on June 20, 4-4-0 number 4 the eureka came to the C&TS by truck as it leaves the Chama shops. This segment was photographed by Jeff Terry. Moments later, the engine fills the tender With water, then it leaves to pick up it's short freight train with only an open air gondola & caboose. This trip marks the first time that the Eureka was on C&TS territory after operating on the Durango & Silverton. Unfortunately due to the weight of the gondola, the engine heads back to Chama to drop it off, leaving only caboose 0503 to the summit as it passes by the Fred Jukes tree, & lake lobato. Meanwhile, 488 operates the regular train to Chama while the eureka waits on a siding, then the little engine finally got the right of way. With only less than 20 minutes left into the program, the eureka arrives at the summit of Cumbres pass. Here the engine is refilled with water, turned on the wye, & whistles back to Chama as it crosses over the Chama river bridge. On Saturday June 21, the eureka operated a special that was organized by the friends of the C&TS to Osier. Here we see the engine at tanglefoot curve. A mention of engine 463 is included. While the eureka highballs down the line, 463 follows behind with a passenger train.
From the Rocky mountain territory, we head to the golden spike state of Utah as Union Pacific 2-8-0 number 618 operates at the Heber valley railroad. But first stock footage from volume 1 with 844 is shown as the never retired northern negotiates an S curve. Back in Heber city, 618 is running light while going backwards & switching tracks. Like the rotary snowplow, the 618 was filmed by Tom kelcec. Along the way to Vivian park & return, 618 operates alongside the deer creek reservoir on the Rio Grande line near the Provo river. With the mountains in the background, 618 performs a nice show in Utah with some birds chirping offscreen. Listen to the incredible peanut sized whistle. At the runaround track, 618 gets uncoupled & passes by the coaches. 618 was built by Baldwin in 1907 as Oregon short line 1068. In the Late afternoon, the 618 whistles at a horseshoe curve, then it passes by the siding on its way back to Heber city. At the yard, 618 is serviced as a diesel bell is heard off screen.
Before we close the program, a bonus trip to the Nevada northern that was photographed by Kermit Geary jr. Is included as 2-8-0 number 93 idles in the East Ely shops. The Nevada northern is also an attraction for the 1997 NRHS convention. A map of the route is shown as well as 4-6-0 number 40 in action.
With a great variety of steam locomotives both big and small, on mainline & tourist attractions, they can always show that summer is the best time for steam in service.
Additional remarks by Steamboy:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Definitely!
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Good Value
Recommend to others? Definitely.