Big Boys and Challengers DVD Greg Scholl 3 of 5 (1)
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This video has been years in the making, as we have attempted to accumulate enough footage to justify such a release. We have 8mm footage by Warren Scholl, shot in 1954, but the majority of footage is 16mm color footage, including a good amount by Perry Becker who made more than one trip to the area. Locations shown are North Platte, Cheyenne, Laramie, Rawlins, and of course action on Sherman Hill between Cheyenne and Laramie. You will see interesting things such as a "Big Boy" number 4006 on fire as it exits Hermosa Tunnel, with its stack hood still on as well. Also see a Gas Turbine leading a Big Boy in 3 different scenes. You will see the engine service areas in the locations mentioned above, and see some of the dead engine lines late in the steam era. This footage is all shot silent of course, and we have added music and informative narration. However, we do have another segment with some 16mm sound footage on Sherman Hill which includes several doubleheaders, such as 5500 series 2-10-2's with Challengers and Big Boys. There are also a couple of Big Boy scenes by Everett Rohrer, and some film he shot of the first test run, and first excursions in 1982 when Challenger 3985 first operated. So, for all those lovers of BIG BOYS, and big articulated steam Giants this one is for you. Copyright 2008
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Big Boys and Challengers DVD Greg Scholl
Steamboy (Revere MA US) on 2016-07-26 19:50:24.
Sadly for me though, the only segments with sounds however are from Fred McLeod, as the 1981 & 1982 Segments of 3985 are 100% silent. I wish that there are lost sound films of the engine in first excursion service. After all, During that time, early Videocassette cameras with a professional Microphone built-in are still making they're debuts to retailer stores to upgrade the customer's home movies.