This all-new DVD is a wonderful companion to the 100-page collectors issue, Big Steam is Back. The 90-minute video covers the early years of steam preservation through today's biggest restorations!
See how your favorite big steam locomotives are rebuilt and run - from Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum's Southern Railway 4501, to the big steam story of 2016: the return of Union Pacific 844. This must-see DVD includes dozens of steam locomotives from coast to coast.
UP's Living Legend No. 844 The last of the steam locomotives built for UP. Delivered in 1944 it pulled well known trains such as the Overland Limited, LA Limited, Portland Rose and Challenger.
The engine is widely known among railroad enthusiasts for its excursion runs over UP's Sherman Hill.
Big Boy 4014's story takes you to Cheyenne WY for a look at the restoration project of the century.
Follow the story of Sothern Pacific 484 No. 3751 back to the Sante Fe rails in southern CA.
Legendary Sante Fe 484 No. 2926 nears completion in New Mexico as the restoration grinds through its 17th year.
Running the Southern Pacific 4449 for crowds from coast to coast
Michigan's hardworking Berkshire. Decades after regular service, Pere Marquette No. 1225 is still reeling off the miles.
Milwaukee Road 484 No. 261 is marking 26 years of premium service to customers harkening back to the golden years of passenger trains.
Bringing the Southern Railway 282 No. 4501 back to life
Norfolk & Western 611. The best 484 ever built.
Taming the Beast of the East. Why choose the C & O 2662 no. 1309?
97 minutes, Color/Silent Films with Music and Narration, Music On/Off Feature By TRAINS
Regular Price £25 NEW RELEASE OFFER £24 UNTIL 8th September 2017
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This 1-hour DVD shows the highlights of Colorado Railroads today!
COLORADO RAILROADS DVD takes a look at all of the drama and dream destinations in this exciting railroading region. You'll get interviews, maps, and Colorado railroads in action. Don't miss out on this footage exclusive to Trains.
Denver Union Station, Moffat Route, Joint Line, Colorado Railroad Museum, California Zephyr, light rail and commuter trains, Durango & Silverton, Cumbres & Toltec, Georgetown Loop, Cripple Creek & Victor, Rio Grande Scenic, Leadville Colorado & Southern
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Explore the history and 2015 restoration of world famous Norfolk & Western Class J No. 611..
Trains magazine explores the history and 2015 restoration of world famous Norfolk & Western Class J No. 611. Join us as we witness the re-birth of this classic 1950 streamlined beauty, acclaimed as the best and most powerful steam passenger locomotive ever built. Approximate running time: 1 hour.
By Trains Magazine Ref S176
Mountains and narrow gauge railroads are two things that worked well together years ago. One of the more notable of those narrow gauge railroads belonged to the Rio Grande. In this video, C. Vision presents the Rio Grande Narrow Gauge in the 1950's from the films of George Niles.
On his journeys to Colorado, George captured a variety of standard gauge action, including the Santa Fe, Colorado & Southern and standard gauge Rio Grande scenes.
In Durango, our narrow gauge journey begins. Here we see the spectacular trains and scenery of the line from Durango to Silverton from both trackside and on board.
Next, we view a pair of "Cumbres Turns" with K-36 #483 and K-37 #490 in charge. These trains ran to and from Chama, New Mexico and Cumbres, Colorado.
Then it's off to Salida, Colorado for our last segment. This is where we begin to see some great scenes of the Monarch Turn from Salida to the CF&I Limestone Quarry. Locations on this line include Maysville and the Garfield Switch Back.
This video includes a big portion of the Rio Grande narrow gauge fleet. 2-8-2's in the K-27, K-28, K-36 and K-37 class are shown along with US Army diesel 4700N, that was tested by the Rio Grand in 1954.
Combine awesome Rocky Mountain scenery with classic narrow gauge railroading...and you have an incredible combination of railroading so unique...you have to see it to believe it! Don't miss The Rio Grande Narrow Gauge in the 1950's.
©2015 C. Vision Productions
Running time 82 minutes, Color, silent films with narration and music, music on/off feature
ON THE ROAD TO RESTORATION
Follow one of the largest steam locomotives ever built on the first part of its journey from a museum piece to an operating locomotive. Watch with us as the Union Pacific steam crew moves Big Boy No. 4014 from California's RailGiants Train Museum across the West, over iconic Cajon Pass and fabled Sherman Hill. Watch the crew move the 4-8-8-4 inside the shop in Cheyenne, Wyo., for the first time. It's the only complete video of Big Boy on the road to restoration.
90 mins * Colour * Narration
Chama Steam's Fall Madness photo special on the Cumbres & Toltec with C-18 #315 and recently restored K-27 "Mudhen" #463. Double headers, mid train helper, stirring run by's, in cab footage and some great stack talk!
by Highball Productions
WIDESCREEN Edition. Running time 1 hour 45 minutes. plus previews
* Features narration on/off.
A five day photo charter on the Cumbres & Toltec with superb weather on all five days. Awesome stack talk from hard working K-36's fighting the grade on a perfectly still pre dawn morning, pre dawn and sunrise glint shots at Lava tank, super sunrise silhouttes at Hangman's trestle come together to make this one program steam fans won't want to miss!
WIDESCREEN Edition. by Highball Productions 120 mins * colour * narration on/off
Built by Baldwin in 1875, wood burning 4-4-0 "Eureka" performs at the Durango and Silverton Railfest. Originally built for the Eureka and Palisades, Eureka was sold for scrap, featured in movies and badly damaged in a fire. Lovingly restored, Eureka now runs occasionally at Railfests. Goose #5 was built in 1933 for the Rio Grande Southern, and worked carrying passengers and mail until 1952. Restored by the Galloping Goose Historical Society of Delores, #5 sees occasional service on the Durango & Silverton. In addition to runby's, you'll see the ride ahead between Tefts and Hermosa from the Goose's cab.
WIDESCREEN Edition. by Highball Productions
2 Disc set, Running time 3 hours 5 minutes including previews.
Narration on-off. Dolby 2.0 audio
A superb winter day in Nevada's High Sierra, with Virginia & Truckee 2-8-0 #29 on a photo charter, followed by the Nevada Northern's photographers weekend, with 4-6-0 #40 and 2-8-0 #93 on passenger trains, freight trains and a work train. Atmospheric engine house and yard scnes, and out on the road, with some great stack talk.
by Highball Productions * WIDESCREEN Edition.
Running time 1 hour 55 mins plus previews.
Features narration on/off. Dolby 2.0 audio.
In "In Search of Steam Volume 1" we take a look at SP 4-6-2 # 2472 on a Niles Canyon Railway photo charter. Then we see Union Pacifics big 4-8-4 #844 in Arizona hauling the Arizona Centennial special. Finally we visit the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railways 2011 RailFest, with a K-28 and K-36s. Previews include 734 Photo Freight, Shays at Cass, Mountain Thunder, Steam over La Veta Pass, 3985, Berkshire Doubleheader and South African Steam - Cape Gauge.
by Highball Productions 55 mins PLUS PREVIEWS - TOTAL 1 Hour 45 mins * colour * narration * Features narration on/off
Geared Shay locomotives at Cass, West Virginia, with a Carl Franz photo freight, and the following weekend at the Cass Railfan weekend. We see all four operating Shays in action, with the signature triple header and side by side run-bys, with lots of close ups of the thrashing machinary. Lots of sound, fury and smoke and not much motion! Totally amazing! by Highball Productions
105 mins * colour * narration * Features narration on/off
Ex Lake Superior & Ishpeming 2-8-0 #734 on a photo freight on the Western Maryland Scenic in fall foliage. Hear her barking exhaust, and see smoke and steam plumes in the cold air as the engine works hard on the grades.
by Highball Productions 66 mins Plus Previews * colour * narration on/off * Widescreen Format
Durango, Colorado was buried under 36 inches of snow following several storms that had passed through the San Juan Mountains, the week of January 17, 2010. The railroad was snowed in. Cuts north of Rockwood were filled with snow, and a number of snow slides had run between Rockwood and Cascade Canyon. Machines of Iron was there to show you how the flanger train and the maintenance of way crews and their equipment handled the snow and got the railroad running again.
On Monday, January 25th, the first order of the day was to get the air line to the turntable thawed so engine #473 could leave the roundhouse, be turned and coupled to the snow Flanger train. We were on the way for this unique railroading experience.
A piece of maintenance of way equipment, called a Speed Swing, cleared the track ahead of the train. The flanger, then, pushed the deep snow further away from the right of way. The flanger wings are air operated and can be pushed out, or if obstacles appear, can be retracted by the wingmen. The train moved up the valley at 10 miles per hour as it pushed the snow aside.
Things went well, but trouble was waiting for us ahead as we were later stuck again. The snow even deeper. It was decided to uncouple the engine and run it light to Rockwood. The other speed swing, double 0 eight, was sent down to widen one side of the snow bank so the train could make it to Rockwood.
Even though this is a preserved steam operated railroad, it has no fewer operational challenges than the D&RGW did years ago when it operated the same right of way. The employees of the D&S are true professional railroaders who have a passion for this railroading gem in Southwestern Colorado, consequently, preserving the railroad's 130 year history so all interested may see and ride it.
Includes chapters and selectable audio tracks
by Machines of Iron 66 mins * colour * narration
Previews from the following 17 steam programs: - Steam Northeast, East Broad Top, Chinese Steam at Work, Winter on Jingpeng Pass (all fullscreen) Steam to Janakpurdham, Darjeeling-Himalayan, Welsh Steam 1, Steam on the Harz, Viseu de Sus, K-36 Over Cumbres Pass, K-36 Cab Ride, Along the Animas River, Steam over La Veta Pass, Mountain Thunder, Midwest Challenger, Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch, Britain's Heritage Steam 1. (all widescreen)
by Highball Productions 110 mins * colour * narration On/Off * Widescreen
Join the Friends of the 261 as we showcase this magnificent locomotive from shop repairs to high speed main line excursions!
The 261 has been in active excursion service since its rebuild in 1992. The locomotive's shining black attire and its thundering power bring a sense of awe to all who see it rolling across the tracks in the new millennium.
Step back in time to 1994, when the 261 led an excursion on the former Wisconsin Central. The video then highlights the 1998 Burlington Northern Santa Fe Employee Special, along with anAmtrak Marketing Special. You will also get a behind the scenes look at locomotive maintenance, as crews replace stay bolts during annual winter repairs.
Hop on board as the 261 travels throughout Minnesota during several excursions in 2001. You'll leel like you're riding the train with on board and cab views, and you'll also enjoy the beauty of the train as it rolls by picturesque scenery. A unique site of an all Milwaukee Road train set for the Milwaukee Road Historical Association is also featured in this video. The finale: the 261 is seen on its home rails for the first time since its regular service on the old Milwaukee Road main line from St. Paul to LaCresent, Minnesota!
The thrills of steam live on with the Milwaukee Road 261 in "Reliving the Memories!"
by C. Vision Productions 76 mins * colour * Narration
Nickel Plate 765 and Pere Marquette 1225 together for the first time since the 80's on a Lerro Productions photo freight. Day 1 was the 765 alone, day 2 was both engines. Mind-blowing exciting runby's - just hear them bark! Lots of sound and fury, massive smoke plumes and some awesome stack talk. Includes side by side run-by's. If you enjoy big steam you won't want to miss this program! DVD has the ability to turn narration on or off, and markers so you can skip from train to train.
by Highball Productions 74 mins plus previews o colour o narration o Widescreen
Nickel Plate 765's appearance in Michigan during 2009 has spawned renewed interest in this 2-8-4 steam locomotive. This coverage is from 1986 when 765 powered heavy trains at speed along the former C&O mainline. We begin with a weekend of Huntington to Hinton roundtrips on the famous New River Trains. No engine sounds louder than 765 as it starts a 29 coach train from St. Albums, or powers along at 50+ miles per hour. You will also see the last use of steam on the Hinton turntable. These trips have always been classic steam action, and 765 puts on a great show. Next we watch 765 on a one-way trip to Cincinnati from Huntington, which includes some nice side-by-side pacing shots from the car in good afternoon light.
From Cincinnati, 765 powered a weekend of trips to Russell, KY, which was the last stronghold of Chesapeake and Ohio Steam during the steam era. This trip includes some nice fall colors as it travels along the Ohio River.
Originally this program was 46 minutes on videotape, but now its been re-edited for DVD and includes more scenes, and extra footage including two days of 765 from 1985 trips in the same area. This includes one trip from Huntington to Hinton, and another one-way trip toward Cincinnati.
Instead of 46 minutes this is now 76 minutes
by Greg Scholl Productions now 76 minutes * colour * Narration
We begin this show with Nickel Plate 2-8-2 number 587 as it makes its break-in run from Indianapolis in September of 1988. We see it downtown, and then on the Indiana Rail Road for a trial run. Then later in September we witness the first excursions for this engine with two roundtrips from Indianapolis to Logansport, Indiana. These trips were with the Indiana Transportation Museums lovely trainset that included 9 stainless steel former Santa Fe coaches.
Next we see 2-8-4 number 765 on two trips during 1987 in cool weather from Huntington to Hinton. This has all different footage from our NKP 765 Autumn Spectacular with some different locations such as Stretcher's Neck Tunnel and others. You will also hear a second whistle on 765 which was a lovely sounding Pennsy Whistle and the mars light was on the engine in 1987 in classic Nickel Plate appearance.
These two segments of 765 and 587 were originally released in a 1988 video called "American Steam Volune One". This new program on DVD, is the first use of these on any DVD however, and we have included some additional footage that includes a day shooting 765 in 1985 on the Huntington-Hinton line. This fast running mainline action is very historic since most steamers cannot operate on mainline tracks in this era, or if they do it is with diesel assist for insurance reasons. There are no diesel helpers in this program on excursion runs.
by Greg Scholl Productions 74 minutes * colour * Narration
Two-Track Video Explores Often-Negleted Tank Engines
Golden Rail Video has just released a new dvd exploring the little engines on our big railroads titled REAL TANK ENGINES.
Twelve different steam locomotives (under steam and in full operation) are used to show what makes tank engines worthy of special attention especially to railroad modelers. While most of these engines play supporting roles, the film focuses on the lives of four tank engines: The Satsop Railroad #1; Quincy Railroad #2; Robert Dollar Railroad #3; and the Granite Rock Company #10. The 54-minute, 5.1 Surround-sound production features two separate audio tracks. A click of the button turns this steam railroading documentary into a delightful children's video showing kids what the real Thomas the Tank Engines of the world were like.
Internationally renouned Golden Rail Video has been been consistently praised by customers and reviewers alike for their entertaining, all-family approach to railroad videos. TRAINS Magazine compliments their engaging blend of historic content and action. Another reviewer summed it up by saying "What could have been a fairly dull subject has been made into exciting, living history
a different kind of railroad video that informs and entertains at the same time." (Heimburger House Publishing)
Parents and grandparents report that children have been enjoying all Golden Rail's productions, however this is the company's first dvd created especially for younger kids who love Thomas the Tank Engine. And unique to this new dvd, adults will find that the additional soundtrack transforms the same images to a level of sophistication and information they can appreciate.
An appealing feature-film approach has been the hallmark of Golden Rail Video's unique documentaries right from the start. Each show is a blend of fascinating history, action, with special attention given to the rich 5.1 Surround Sound. An original music score rounds out each production, all of which add up to high-value and invites repeat viewings.
by Golden Rail Video 54 minutes * 5.1 Surround-sound * colour * Narration
- A Colorado Rail Adventure
The Silverton Train was one of the Denver and Rio Grande Western's premier passenger trains on the narrow gauge. Take a ride on today's Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad through the spectacular fall scenery of the Animas River Canyon. You'll experience the ride from the caboose, ride the locomotive, and see the magnificent Colorado mountain scenery as well as the trains themselves. A program the whole family will enjoy again and again!
by Highball Productions 80 minutes plus previews * colour * Narration
The world's largest operating steam locomotive, Union Pacific 3985, a 4-6-6-4 Challenger, is featured on two passenger specials. The trips between Denver, Colorado and Laramie, Wyoming were sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Railroad Club in the 80's. You are on board, trackside and in the cab of Challenger 3985. Then Union Pacific 8444, a 4-8-4, puts on a spectacular show hauling a freight east of Cheyenne.
Narrow gauge action features an excursion on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Railroad Club. Authentically lettered D&RGW freight cars and a caboose were added to the special train. An excursion on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad with carefully planned photo run-bys was also sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Railroad Club.
In the mountains west of Denver, the Georgetown Loop Railroad operates a passenger special over the magnificent High Bridge connecting Georgetown with Silver Plume. At the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden a special steam-up features D&RGW 2-8-0 #346 running over Museum trackage
by WB Video Productions 60 mins * colour * narration
Union Pacific's Challenger 3985, the biggest operating steam engine in the world on a U.P. special between Cheyenne, Wyoming and Saint Paul, Minnestota in September, 2008. You'll see this impressive, massive locomotive storming Archer Hill, along the triple track, a spirited departure from North Platte, and along the rails towards Saint Paul.
by Highball Productions WIDESCREEN ONLY
60+ mins * colour * narration ON/OFF
The Yolo Shortline is both a working freight railroad and an excursion railroad. Machines of Iron traveled along on one of Yolo's train and cruise excursions. Visitors board the train behind a former Southern Pacific steam locomotive for a trip through the beautiful Sacramento Valley. A train robbery is staged for the passengers and a great time is had by all. Those who desire can then board a steamboat traveling on the Sacramento River and enjoy a good meal and onboard entertainment.
This route can be followed in the California and Nevada edition of SPV's Comprehensive Railroad Atlas.
Whilst in Old Sacramento I spent the night onboard one of the old steamboats and had a most enjoyable dinner before a great day at Sacramento museum. I can recommend the experience. Stu
by Machines of Iron 35 mins * colour * narration
Ex Lake Superior & Ishpeming 2-8-0 #18 struts her stuff on a photo freight over Colorado's La Veta Pass in May, 2008. You'll see the locomotive being serviced, some awesome runby's and some of the ride from the caboose. Exciting steam action
by Highball Productions WIDESCREEN ONLY 75 mins * colour * narration ON/OFF
Exciting narrow gauge steam action in the spectacular scenery of Colorado's Animas River Canyon. A fall Durango & Silverton photographers special provides both sunny and moody, atmospheric weather, and a winter special has glorious sunshine with deep snow. K-28 2-8-2 #478 is the power for the specials, and K-36 2-8-2's are in charge of the regular passenger trains. Don't miss the action!.
by Highball Productions WIDESCREEN ONLY 90 mins * colour * narration ON/OFF
There have been many DVDs and videos on the Durango and Silverton Railroad but this is the first from inside the cab. See the engineer and fireman at work and ride the cab of a Durango & Silverton 3 foot gauge former Rio Grande K-36 2-8-2. You'll see the magnificent scenery, the crew at work, some run-by's and through it all you'll hear the engine at work, with some awesome stack talk.
K-36 OVER CUMBRES PASS Ref S143 which was released in our February Newsletter proved to be extremely popular. Now The K-36 Cab Ride is the perfect accompliment. Both DVDs would be a great addition to any narrow gauge fan's collection.
AVAILABLE ONLY IN WIDESCREEN FORMAT
by Highball Productions 90 mins * colour
Featuring ICRR steam 1950's-1960 plus ex-NKP 2-8-4 765 on P&L in 1992.
A two part program, this DVD has Illinois Central steam power running in the 1950's in Illinois and Kentucky as steam was winding down. You'll visit the Paducah area and other locations on the Kentucky Division where 2-10-2's and 2-8-2's were the main freight power. Also included are some 2500 class 4-8-2's and 4-8-2 2613 on excursions in 1960 with footage not in our previous IC program. Some of the footage has live sound recorded on the film with the rest augmented by actual IC steam audio. You'll see how the Paducah shop was so important to the IC's steam operations and you'll see how those same shops cut up many of the steam engines.
Then, you'll return to Paducah in 1992 when ex-Nickel Plate Berkshire 765 ran a pair of excursions to Central City with dramatic footage as the engine runs across Kentucky Dam and Barkley Dam and many other locations.
Plus, we've added a bonus slide show of IC steam at Louisville and Paducah.
All together, it's a 75 minute program narrated by Danny Harmon, 95% color.
by Herron Rail 75 mins * 95% colour * narrated
Former Rio Grande three foot gauge K-36 2-8-2's on the Cumbres & Toltec railroad in Colorado's San Juan mountains. Double headed passenger trains, single, double and triple headed photo freight trains in perfect fall weather with superb foliage and some awesome stack talk. Plus you'll see the engines being serviced, watered and taking coal in Chama yard.
Chapter menu's and narration on/off.
by Highball Productions 110 mins plus previews * colour * narrated
Come with Machines of Iron and enjoy these vintage views of the Denver & Rio Grande Western narrow gauge freight trains on the Alamosa to Durango, travel to Silverton by passenger train and see the last regular freight train to operate on the Farmington branch.
You will go inside the Alamosa roundhouse, watch shop crews rebuilding steam locomotives and see the Durango steam Facilities and yard as they were during regular service. These film from the 1960s show the narrow gauge steam trains that carried pipe and supplies to the Farmington oil fields, lumber that was cut along the line and tank cars of oil from the Gramps loading facility at Chama. Watch the two sections of an eastbound two engine freight climb the 4% grade of Cumbres Pass.
This program will take you back to the time when steam powered freight trains were in regular service on the Denver & Rio Grande Western narrow gauge in Colorado and New Mexico.
by Machines of Iron 58 mins * colour * narration
This video was shot in April 2007, and features a weekend of photo freights from Owosso, Michigan which is the home of the Steam Railroading Institute, where Pere Marquette 2-8-4 number 1225 resides. 1225 has never operated on a photo special like this, and is normally seen on sporadic excursions during summer season, or the holiday trains during the Christmas season. Speaking of the holidays, 1225 is well-known as being the locomotive that was used as the template for the movie "Polar Express" a few years ago.
We arrived early so that we captured some of the activity on Friday with the train being assembled for the weekend. We see 1225 moving around, and Flagg Coal Company 0-4-0T Number 75, which was given its original number, 2 for this weekend. Both engines are seen at Owosso as switching duties are performed.
On Saturday and Sunday we start before dawn, with sunrise scenes that accent the profile of the fine lines of this steam locomotive. We work two different lines on both Saturday and Sunday including the former New York Central line, and the former Ann Arbor line from Owosso, Michigan. During the days we are treated to several different runbys, that include reflection shots, grain elevators, and much more. In addition some period vintage vehicles are used with some of the runbys. There are scenes of 1225 on the turntable as it is serviced between runs.
Two camera coverage includes extra scenes at some locations, plus some spots where we could combine two camera shots into one runby. You won't want to miss this first-ever photo special for Pere Marquette 1225.
Color with live stereo audio. by Greg Scholl 98 mins * colour * narrated
Once again steam whistles echo through the grassy hillsides of Niles Canyon. But, the canyon holds a secret known only to a few. Climb aboard the Niles Canyon Railway for a train ride of discovery.
Featuring the historic railroad equipment of the Pacific Locomotive Association. 30-min.
Bonus Featurette: Highlights of the Annual "Train of Lights."
The Niles Canyon Railway's famous "Train of Lights" glitters in the crystal-clear night as it winds through the hills and canyons. Decorate your TV for the holidays!
by Golden Rail Video 30 mins * colour * narrated
Nevada Northern Railway * Heber Valley Railway
Three railroads in the West schedule steam photo charters for the rail enthusiast. Featured are the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, the Heber Valley Railroad and the Nevada Northern Railway Museum. Steam trains are recreated as they were in the 1950's. Dramatic winter scenes in the Rockies and Watsach Mountains blend with the remote Nevada Desert. If you like steam locomotives charging upgrade with vintage equipment and billowing clouds of smoke, this programme is for you.
by Machines of Iron 51 mins * colour * narrated
Two Disc Set Shay: Power Tour
Meet the Shay, the most popular steam locomotive on North America's rugged logging railroads.
Highly entertaining and informative. Discover the geared-locomotive design that "won the woods." Includes the famous Shay Races from Railfair Sacramento...at death-defying speeds of over 18 mph !!! (You had to be there to understand...or the next-best thing...Join us a SHAY: POWER TOUR.)
32 min. DVD in 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound
The Age of Steam Logging
* A vintage forestry-museum orientation film from 1965 restored.
* Acquaints viewers with the life of the early 20th century logger.
* Features historic steam logging films and photographs.
* Includes a new prologue about the original production. 28 min.
SPV have put these two fantastic 1/2 hour programmes together to make an informative, fascinating set!
by Golden Rail Video Two Disc Set Total 60 mins * colour & b/w * narrated
The railroads battle with snow is legendary. Machines of Iron brings you action shots of wedge plows, both steam and diesel rotaries and a modern day Jordan spreader. The railroads represented are: Burlington Northern, Union Pacific, Denver & Salt Lake,Southern Pacific, Wyoming Colorado,Cumbres & Toltec, and Kyle. Enjoy these seldom recorded views of the railroads battle with Mother Nature's snow.
A great DVD for excitement and action that is sure to blow you away!!!!
by Machines of Iron 45 mins * colour * narrated
Former Grand Trunk Western 4-8-4 is restored to operating condition for owner Ohio Central in the fall of 2001. This video features two of the test runs in September, and 3 fall excursions including the first and last ones of the season.
We begin with a bit of history of the 6325 and the 4-8-4 class of engines, as we watch the 6325 at the Ohio Central's Morgan Run shops heading to the mainline for the test run. Also included are a few vintage scenes of Grand Trunk steam including a couple of 4-8-4's shot by the late Warren W. Scholl.
The first test run is to Dennison and return, with 6325 operating flawlessly with the short consist on September 5, 2001. On September 11, a tragic day in American history, we find ourselves along the Ohio Central with Chief Mechanical Officer Tim Sposato operating an Ohio Central Coal train, as we learn a little about Ohio Central freight operations and see the coal train.
On September 12th we watch 6325 on its last break-in run, this time with a 13 coach train. This operation had 6325 pulling the train from Dennison beyond Morgan run to Frazysburg, and things went great.
On September 22nd, the first public excursion was operated. The trip operated with the Ohio Central F-Units from Columbus to Dennison, where 6325 was positioned for the return leg to Columbus. This trip went well and there is coverage from multiple cameras on this and the final weekend in October 2001.
The final weekend in October featured another trip from Columbus, this time to Coshocton, with the 6325 handling the westbound portion once again. The engine performed flawlessly, including the dual runbys at Trinway which was a hit with all who witnessed them. These trips were sponsored by the Ohio Railway Museum.
The next day, a Sunday, the Mahoning Valley Railway Group sponsored a trip from Dennison to Coshocton, Ohio. This was the first trip where 6325 would depart in the early morning. With cool weather and sunshine the morning portion was spectacular. This was the day we got our cover reflection shot as the 6325 accelerated out of town. That shot was worth all the trips to the Ohio Central to see 6325. The 6325 is the largest operation engine in the eastern US. 90 mins * colour * narrated.
Green Frog's professional Hi-Definition cameras captured two of the most scenic railroads in the United States, the Cumbres and Toltec, and the Durango & Silverton. From Chama New Mexico to Silverton Colorado, you will see great coverage of these tourist Railroads, as well as Spectacular Scenery and Mountains in all of their glory.
A mix of the beautiful Rocky Mountains, the finest steam mountain railroading offer the viewer the absolute best in video entertainment, combined with Green Frog's 5.1 surround sound! So sit back and enjoy these Rocky Mountain Steam Trains in this video spectacular!
by Green Frog 104 mins * colour * narrated IN WIDESCREEN FORMAT.
TO THE OLD TIME RAILROADERS
Running a steam engine was more than a job... these locomotives were like family. Why? What made this "iron technology" so captivating?
THUNDER ON THE CANYONS is your exclusive VIP adventure pass. Experience a DAY-IN THE LIFE on one of America's premiere historic railroads... where steam still rules the rails.
Follow train crews of the Grand Canyon Railway day and night. See what it takes to keep their steam locomotives thundering across the beautiful high-desert.
This unique, feature-length documentary climaxes with an incomparable CAB RIDE in steam engine #4960 as she charges all the way up to the Grand Canyon.
by Golden Rail Video 104 mins * colour * narrated
October 2006 found Canada's Rocky Mountains echoing with the powerful sound of steam on the rails.
Former CPR Consolidated #3716 was thundering above the orchards over the former Kettle Valley line at Summerland.
Canadian Northern 2-8-0 #2141 lead an impressive passenger train through the grasslands of the British Columbia interior.
Canadian Pacific's mainline played host to 'The Empress' with Standard Hudson 2816 rolling the varnish through mountains and over prairies between Vancouver and Calgary.
Also, see exclusive footage of the restoration work that has taken place aboard the CPR lake-boat S.S. Sicamous.
by Chandos Television 31 mins * colour * narrated
Like the wild wild west of the 1880's, the human story unfolds with the beautiful Arizona scenery setting the stage. Here is just a taste of what you'll get to see.
Cowboys, prospectors, loggers, ranchers, workers, and fortune-seekers suddenly ride in from all over the high desert and beyond to forge a town. That's what happened to Williams, Arizona in 1881-'82 but what was the thunder-clap that sparked this "stampede"?
It was the Santa Fe Railway. In 1881, the Santa Fe Pacific carved the first mainline across the state of Arizona...and nothing would ever be the same.
Back then, the Grand Canyon was considered nothing more than a "big hole" inside a forest preserve. Good for mining...and maybe "spittin' into". Prospectors were about the only ones really interested in it. So why did the Santa Fe Railway just a few years later jubilantly proclaim itself to be "The Grand Canyon Line"? Well, that's just part of the little-known history of the world's most famous National Park. ...the history that comes alive for you in Thunder From the Wild West. See how it got started...how it grew...and how it affected the people of the high desert Canyonlands.
Visiting the site of historic cattle ranches along the line gives you a glimpse of life in the high desert before and after the arrival of the Santa Fe Railway. And then later, you'll hear the story why the Grand Canyon Line whithered and was abandoned ...how it was nearly torn up ...and how it came back to life.
Massive comeback effort
Discover the new Grand Canyon Railway's race against time to bring the first steamer (#18) back to life from a 35-year slumber...while the whole world watched! Tour the locomotive shop where legendary steam locomotive #4960 was carefully restored...costing over one and a half million dollars!
First generation diesels are now almost as rare as steam locos. The new Grand Canyon Railway has those, too...an elegant fleet of ALCO passenger diesels. (Have you ever seen the engine-room of these old beasts? In Thunder from the Wild West you will.)
See moments frozen in time... snowy winter railroading with steam and first generation diesel equipment.
by Golden Rail Video 78 mins * colour * narrated
A Celebration of Mountain Railroading
One of the most scenic and dramatic railroads in the world, the historic Georgetown Loop Railroad offers incredible views of colorful Colorado. Situated just off Interstate 70, forty-five miles west of Denver Colorado, the Georgetown Loop, with the majestic Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, offers a fantastic step-back-in-time experience.
The Georgetown Loop is owned by the Colorado Historical Society. In 2005 Railstar Corporation took over the operations and have done a great job carrying on the tradition of mountain railroading! Come ride the Georgetown Loop and witness steam Engine No. 12 as it challenges the 4.2% grade on its climb to the station at Silver Plume (30 mins).
Bonus Feature: See the classic wood burning engine "the Eureka" as it rides on the historic Cumbres & Toltec Railroad. Running between Antonito, Colorado and Chama, New Mexico, it is the last wood burner of its kind in operation (60 mins)!
by David Bowyer Productions * 90 mins * colour * narrated
Including Railtown 1897 and Iron Horse Roundup
The Sierra Railroad is like getting two railroads in one -- the Sierra Railroad which carries freight, and Railtown 1897 Historic Park which is run by the State of California. The freight railroad operated with Baldwin S12 diesel locomotives. Railtown 1897 operates former Sierra Railway steam locomotives. In this production you will see an 1892 Rogers-built 4-6-0 and a Lima-built 3-truck Shay. Both steam and diesel power is highlighted in this look at the Sierra.
On Labor Day weekend 2001 the Sierra Railroad held it's first steam festival, The Iron Horse Roundup. The Sierra Railroad #28, a 2-8-0 Baldwin and Mason County #7 were the stars of the show. Former Southern Pacific #2467 a 4-6-2 Baldwin is also featured. There's a foot race between runners and a steam locomotive, hand car races, garden railways, and much more. TWO DISC SET
* Sierra Railroad is 37 mins * Iron Horse Roundup is 61 mins by Machines of Iron TOTAL 98 mins * colour * narrated
Portland is proud of its showpiece of railroad history -- the 4449. We caught this magnificent locomotive and its train on an excusion out of Portland and on its way to Stampede Pass. Follow the 4449 through the beautiful Pacific Northwest, which provides a spectacular backdrop for one of the world's most famous trains. A great train and a great locale -- what more could you want?
Southern Pacific's 4449 Daylight was painted black and became 4449 "Nightlight" for the BNSF Employee Appreciation Special. Machines of Iron followed the special across the Pacific Northwest to bring you this spectacular video. Scenes in and around Vancouver, WA, the Columbia River Bridge, Spokane Bridge, Sandpoint, ID, Horse Thief Lake, and the Cascade Locks are among the highlights of this show. 4449 Fireman Jack Wheelihan takes us on a tour of the 4449 cab and Doyle McCormick gives us the story on the "black" 4449. * 4449 Journey is 41 mins * 4449 Nightlight is 72 mins
by Machines of Iron TOTAL 113 mins * colour * narrated
The logging "lokey" seemed to roam all over the timberlands of North America. These go-everywhere, do-everything mechanical beasts were the raucous cousins of the iron horse. Their distinct personalities fire the imaginations of modem steam wizards dedicated to keeping them alive. Many logging locomotives were run until they were totally worn out. At Mount Rainier in Washington State a home was given to some of these marvellous locomotives and even corroded hulks had a new breath of life breathed into them. Hear about the problems of restoration and running this unique railroad. Informative commentary compares the Shay, Heisler and Climax explaining their strengths and weaknesses as well as their unique engineering. See historically accurate action locations in the heart of big timber country. Featuring the diverse logging locomotive collection of the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad Museum in Washington State. At the five steam locomotive event we get to see these fine engines at work, smoke rising high and their whistles reverberating through the woodland. * - Fully indexed for easy scene access. Original music score by American composer Robert Oakford by Golden Rail * 86 mins * colour * Surround Sound * narrated
Incredible steam action on the Heber Valley and Nevada Northern railroads, with 3 engines in action. The Heber Valley's Baldwin Consolidation type 2-8-0, a former Union Pacific freight engine puts on a magnificent display with a photo freight in Utah's snow covered Wasatch Mountains, awesome runby action, all sound and fury! Sunrise to sunset action in superb weather. Next is the Nevada Northern, where we take a step back in time in the engine house, then it's off to lineside for runby action, with recently overhauled passenger 4-6-0 #40 strutting her stuff with a passenger train, including a 124 year old Pullman palace car, and Alco 2-8-0 #93 with a freight train making the valley's echo with her whistle and exhaust. Some magnificent action in Nevada's high country. Not to be missed, a must see program for steam lovers everywhere!.
by Highball Productions * 100 mins + Directors Cuts and Bonus Features. * Colour * Narrated