Climb into the engine cab of K-36 number 489 as we ride with the crew for 26 miles from Antonito, Colorado to Sublette, New Mexico in September 2014.
You'll see inside the cab and the gauges before we leave town, then watch the engineer get the train started on our journey. There is plenty of action as the fireman hand-shovels the coal into the firebox as needed, and you see that the fuel is spread around to various sides of the firebox for better heating. Most of the view is looking ahead from the fireman's seat, plus of course views of the engineer and fireman at work. We get up to a good speed on the straight section leaving Antonito, and then begin the climb steadily westward on this 64 mile Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. This engine is working the same tracks it was designed to run on when it was built by Baldwin in 1925 for the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad. We will see some of the sights along the way such as Lava tank, switches for the loop, Whiplash Curve, and get a better feel for all the climbing and curves along the route. We even have to make an unscheduled stop along the way that will be of interest to enthusiasts as well. Arriving in Sublette we see the train come to a stop and then watch the fireman turn the water spout and start filling the tender with water. From this point west we rode in the coaches, and that is in another video. You really get a nice feel for what it is like to ride inside as a crewmember of a real steam engine doing its job on a daily basis. The sound is nice and the view is different from the normal ride. Don't miss this exciting and unusual video. 94 Minutes
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1 Hour, 34 Mins
Greg Scholl Video Productions
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Steamboy (Revere MA US) on 2016-07-22 20:19:55.
5 of 5
This DVD was Recorded At The Same Exact Time The Riding The C&TS Program Was Made, But Instead its an Extended Version Of a Cab Ride Of The Engine From Antonito To Sublette Through The Flat Desert, As Well As Climbing up some hills.
Additional remarks by Steamboy: Narration:Could have used more. Would kids enjoy this?Yes. Image quality:Excellent! DVD Value::Fair. Recommend to others?Definitely.
Rail Buff (Southern California) on 2016-03-23 17:54:49.
5 of 5
I was skeptical on this as I generally don't care for cab rides, though I do have a number of them. A camera by its very nature has "tunnel vision" which I find too confining. But my fears were quickly overcome with this one. It really makes you appreciate the difficulties and hard work involved by both the engineer and fireman on a steam locomotive. Throw in the beautiful scenery and you have a can't miss program. The engine travelled from Antonito, CO to Sublette, CO. Now if we can just get Greg Scholl to film the rest of the trip from Sublette to Chama, NM????????
Additional remarks by Rail Buff: Narration:Just enough. Would kids enjoy this?Maybe. Image quality:Excellent! DVD Value:Excellent Value! Recommend to others?Definitely.
Listen to me. This is an extended part of the Riding the C&TS DVD, only that from Sublette to Chama, Greg was inside the coach.
Added 2016-07-28 21:04:18 by Rail Buff
I have both discs and consider them both to be excellent. I'd still like to get the cab ride from Sublette to Chama as it would give an entirely different perspective from riding in one of the coaches. You sound defensive ("Listen to me") and I don't know why. I gave this disc a five star rating.