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The Edaville Collection Two Foot Gauge DVD
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The Edaville Railroad in South Carver, MA was the last bastion of two-foot-gauge railroading in the United States. Comprised of equipment which formerly operated in the State of Maine, the Edaville was originally built to service a cranberry plantation owned by Ellis D. Atwood. The little steam-powered trains soon became a major tourist attraction and one of Amarica's first theme parks. Established in 1941, the six-mile line was a New England fixture until it closed in 1991. The railroad has re-opened and is currently in operation, albeit with a smaller railroad line.

MASSACHUSETTS MAINE ATTRACTION is the only definitive documentary on Edaville ever produced. Through extremely rare archive film footage, you'll learn the history of the Maine two-footers and observe regular-service trains on the Sandy River and Bridgton & Harrison Railroads. Passenger and freight activities, and even winter scenes, are included. The program then describes the evolution of Edaville, from its planning and construction as a cranberry-hauling freight line to a full-fledged theme park. You'll ride the train and view the railroad from both onboard and trackside perspectives, and see coverage of special railfan events, including night activities.

EDAVILLE REVISITED describes the sale and movement of most of the Edaville equipment to the new Maine Narrow Gauge Museum in Portland, and the short-lived 1997 revival of Edaville itself. The program includes beautifully-photographed scenes taken during the legendary Railfan Weekend in October 1991, when 2-4-4T 7 was correctly lettered for the Bridgton & Harrison Railroad for the first time in 50 years! The little engine pulled a special photo freight through spectacular fall colors. Coverage of the final 1991 Holiday Spectacular at Edaville is then shown, followed by the equipment move to Portland and the 1997 Edaville Cranberry Festival, complete with superb helicopter views of the little trains in action. A tour of the Portland museum featuring trackside, onboard, and in-cab views, along with some unusual night video sequences and a colorful fireworks display, completes the program.

120 Minutes * Full Color Video and Color and B/W Archive Film

Produced by Marc S. Balkin

Narrated by Jim Boyd

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Runtime:2 Hours, 00 Mins ($0.29/min)
Producer:Mark I Video
Aspect Ratio:Full Screen
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Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC

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The Edaville Collection Two Foot Gauge DVD
Steamboy (Revere MA US) on 2020-11-20 18:36:44.

  •  5 of 5


In the Massachusetts’ Maine attraction portion of this combo, there is a doubleheader with 7 & 8 in 1991, as well as monson 3 & 4 with tons of vintage black & white films primarily from the great snowstorm of 1933, as well as color films of steam in wales on the festiniod railway. One of the locomotives on that international railway, nearly resembles mighty Mac from Thomas. Throughout the history, there are several historic photographs of 2 foot narrow gauge in the 19th century. There are 5 2 foot narrow gauge railroads in regular service: the sandy river & rangely lakes, wiscasset Waterville & Farmington, bidgton & Saco, monson, & kennebec central. Did you know that the B&H was the key future of the edaville as well as WW&F number 9 was originally sandy river 5, & kennebec central 4? More films of numbers 7 & 8 are shown on both fan-trips in original service, & removing the rails of the B&H. Not to mention the 50s 60s & 70s films of the edaville in action. There are also more angles from the June 15, & 16 1991 Railfan weekend as well as the freight special with number 8 carrying a flatbed with a tractor. Did you know that number 8 was the main locomotive for the official original edaville logo? There is also a pair of diesels, & even a motorized railbus. Inspection car number 2 is from the sandy river, & railbus 4 was built in 1925 for both the sandy river & B&H. During the service for monson 4, a visit to the workshop was made as well as an interview with volunteer member Bob howland. Later, a cab ride on monson 4 was included as we took a ride on the original 1945-1991 route before the much shorter 2 mile loop was built in 1999 not to mention some onboard footage from the open air coaches. Listen to the comments from the announcer as well as people enjoying a piece of edaville history that was never used since the 1999 re-opening. The scenery is still beautiful however, not to mention the semaphore signals. One of the spots on the original line is Mt. Urann, followed by peacedale. Some cranberry harvest machines are shown as well. During the October 1991 special, number 7 is pulling both passengers & freight. Which includes a reflection scene. Finally there is a night photo session as the credits roll.

This portion of the combo was originally released at the transition of 1991 into 1992.

In the edaville revisited portion of this combo, that was also titled Maine’s Massachusetts’ attraction, there are several black & white films of 2 foot narrow gauge steam in service as well as a handful of some in wales. The 4 main stars of the show are monson 0-4-4T numbers 3 & 4, & bridgton & Harriston 2-4-4T numbers 7 & 8. The action also includes the films of the original edaville in action, as well as the final trips in 1991 during the months of October & December before numbers 3, 4, & 8 were moved to Maine in September of 1993 which includes vintage chain operated trucks hauling equipment from carver to Portland, & a short report from ABC’s Boston affiliate: WCVB channel 5. Many of the 1997 trips were also shown in Summer steam spectacular volume 2, & more roaring runbys: steam in the northeast from 2001. On one trip during the announcement for the revival in 1997 there are some helicopter angles along the original route before a shorter 2 mile loop was built, & has since been transformed into a Children’s theme park, especially the Thomas the tank engine park, & ride after multiple years of performing day out with Thomas events over the years since the re-opening. On some scenes especially the October 12, 1997 night photo session, a steamroller is also operating at edaville which nearly resembles George the grouchy steamroller from Thomas the tank engine. The extra footage was filmed by Atlantic productions of Yarmouth Maine called: moving history: 2 foot rail returns to Maine. This portion of the combo was made in 1999.

At least there are still more 2 foot narrow gauge railroads to visit: boothbay railway village, wiscasset Waterville & Farmington in alna, & the sandy river & rangely lakes in Maine.

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

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