Englewood Railway - North Americas Last Logging Railroad DVD
Steamboy (Revere MA US) on 2019-10-30 17:52:04.
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In this soon to be 30 year old videotape, the program starts with lumberjacks cutting trees down with chainsaws as well as a look at one of the mountains themselves with a sign that says welcome to the nimpkish valley. Next, diesel switcher 301 is towing the load backwards, followed by a double diesel freight as they pass by the water. Meanwhile, there is a picnic party going on, while 2-8-2 number 113 is pulling the tour train with only a single coach, and a flatbed with benches installed as they negotiate an S curve. The ride is open every Tuesday and Thursday and surprisingly enough, it's 100% free! More people are on the ferry boat to Vancouver island, as some boats and ships are shown in the water, followed by a pair of RDC budd cars as they're on via train 199 heading north. Power for this train are. Cars 6133 and 6134 as they're making a passenger stop. Some driving on the open road footage is shown, as it takes about 2 hours from Courtney. The sign for the Englewood railway is shown, which includes an animated map. The railroad is located in Woss BC. An early morning visit was made to the shops in early July of 1991, as it was told by dispatcher Duncan McGregor. Back outside, a cab ride aboard diesel 302 is shown as it is coupled up to the empty log cars. Listen to that beautiful early diesel horn. Note the strange caboose between the 302 and the log cars. In order to get the logs to the train, they arrived on semi trucks. Followed by some special cranes. Next the second is shown as 304 and 301 are hauling the load. The longest on the Englewood operates twice a day. One of the brakeman is shown for a safety check, then he climbs onto the caboose. Afterwards, the freight train heads north on an S curve. Many of the canford Englewood diesels are SW1200s. The 304 blared it's horn for the crossing. A look at nimpkish lake is shown, as the twin engines are having a horn show for the cameraman. Moments later, the train is slowed down to 10 MPH as they're about to cross the east fork trestle. A ground level shot of the trestle is shown, and minutes later, they pass by the dirt road. At last, the log train arrives at siding 1. Here they uncoupled from the cars, then they runaround the cars to beaver cove. The logs are removed from the train, and they are sent into the salt water. A tugboat is swaying from side to side. The logs are going for only 4 days as they are towed to Vancouver camp for 200 miles. Meanwhile, the 2 diesels are hauling empty log cars, with 301 in the lead. A little bit of pacing is included, and the train crosses the east fork trestle. Further up the line, some maintenance speeders are shown. While operations from both north and south are burried mid day, a maintenance machine installs the ties. Back to 113, the locomotive couples up to the tourist train as passengers are wearing safety vests and hard hats for safety purposes. With everyone onboard, 113 leaves the station tender first. Note the tank car in the consist. Onboard footage is included as 113 is smoking hard. From the ground, 113 whistles over the highway. Back onboard, there is some footage inside the modern coach. The engine stops at the trestle as passengers look at the water from 95 feet. Some information from the tour guide is heard in the loudspeaker as 113 highballs down the line through a dirt road crossing. Listen to the whistle on the Mikado. Afterwards it passes by the nimpkish valley. Some questions from passengers are shown. 113 is climbing up the hill, as it increases the speed. Again note the tank car. At last the locomotive arrives at the runaround siding for the preparation of the return trip to Woss. With everyone back onboard, 113 heads back to woss. It's revealed that the tank car is used for fire patrol. In the cab of 113, the engineer is Alan Colman, and Alex McCowsky is the fireman. Another pacing sequence is shown, and the 113 makes a head on shot for the cameraman. Next, 113 whistles alongside the sand, then it crosses over a wooden trestle. 113 is whistling through the mountain valley as it approaches woss. With everyone gone, 113 is serviced and is switching the fire tank car to the refueling facility, where the 113 takes on water. Afterwards, 113 is coupled to the loaded log cars, then makes a first runby as it whistles for the bridge. Next, the 113 negotiates a reverse S curve as it crosses another bridge. Moments later, the locomotive passes by the siding with fire tankers. Leaving the 113 behind, the crew heads back to the diesels beginning with 302 running light, then it couples to the full load of lumber as it heads down the line. The 302 crosses over the river. Another cab ride is included onboard the diesel as the sun is starting to go down. During the sequence, a list of the 1991 canford employees are included. Back outside, the 302 passes by the crossing hauling empty loads, then comes the dispatcher sending orders. More track work is shown, followed by a man making communications on the radio, 2 lumber cutting a free down with a chainsaw, 113 with a fire tank car, preparations at the picnic area, a look at the engineer and fireman for 113, 2 different brakemen, a man looking in the water and rocks under the bridge, and ends the original 1991 editing pacing 113 tender first.
The bonus footage from the final days of operation was interesting, as well as a look at a vintage film.
Overall, great flashback to what railroading in the far western section of Canada has to offer for railfans everywhere.
Additional remarks by Steamboy:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Yes.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value:: Fair.
Recommend to others? Definitely.