In February of 2014, the Sumpter Valley of eastern Oregon was alive with the sights and sounds of steam, as the 3-foot gauge Sumpter Valley Railroad hosted its first ever winter photography event. Held on February 1st and 2nd, this special weekend featured both operable steam locomotives: wood-burning Heisler #3 and oil-fired 2-8-2 #19.
This program chronicles the 2-day Lerro Productions charter, as both locomotives pulled mixed trains on the rebuilt trackage between McEwen and Sumpter. With fresh snow blanketing the nearby Elkhorn Mountains, you'll see a variety of runbys as we explore this often overlooked narrow gauge line.
In addition to the Sumpter Valley coverage, this program includes footage from January of 2011, as Rio Grande Scenic Railroad 2-8-0 #18 pulls an excursion over La Veta Pass in southern Colorado. This was the first and only time the railroad has ever operated steam over the pass in the winter. The surrounding Sangre de Cristo Mountains completely dwarf the train, providing a stunning backdrop to some remarkable mountain railroading. While this footage was originally included on Winter Steam Vol. 1, it's been re-released on this program so it can now be enjoyed in full High Definition on the Blu-ray version.
Filmed entirely in HD, this program features great steam action amidst beautiful western scenery.
This program has minimal narration (with the option to turn it on or off) and no distracting music.
In addition to the standard widescreen DVD-R, this program is also available on HD Blu-ray disc.
Running Time: 58 minutes (plus 20 minutes of previews)
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Winter Steam Vol 3 - Winter in the Sumpter Valley DVD
Rail Buff (Southern California) on 2016-04-17 23:48:59.
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3 of 5
This is nothing but run bys, one after the other of the same two engines and their trains at different locations. I suppose one could say that all train movies are in effect run bys, though. But, of course these are staged run bys and they do get monotonous, at least for me. One saving grace was a wood burning Heisler geared loco. That's not very common. Photography was excellent throughout, however. IMO this producer could use a new narrator. This one sounds almost condescending in his manner of speaking and as if he was bored by the subject matter.
Additional remarks by Rail Buff: Narration CAN be turned off in special features. Would kids enjoy this?I doubt it. Image quality:Excellent! DVD Value::Fair. Recommend to others?Not unless they REALLY were interested in the subject matter.