Authentic equipment on old logging lines. That's something any rail fan can appreciate.
But, it's the winter weather that gives us the most dramatic images imaginable.
By combining action footage from multiple photoshoots shot over several winters, we are able to recreate a "typical day" of winter railroading in the forests of the Olympic Pennisula.
The Olympic Pennisula is the reason Washington State's first major export was lumber. The climate is perfect for growing trees. But back in the day, it was a bit of a challenge to get the timber out of the woods. (See our show A Day In The Woods.) That's why logging railroads in the Pacific Northwest were everywhere.
Welcome to high-country railroading, photographed when most would rather be indoors.
West Fork Logging #91 is a three-truck Heisler. This 90-ton engine was built in 1929. As we follow the crew throughout the day, we'll see her running lite, switching cars in various locations, pulling log cars, and rushing a maintenance-of-way freight (with crane) over a wooden trestle. We'll also ride along in the cab of the 91 for a rough ride through the woods.
The video was produced to recreate a day-in-the-life, railroad-adventure as we might have witnessed it in the early 20th century. The DVD can be viewed either with or without narration. (It was carefully produced so the images and sounds easily carry the story.) Log Haulers in Winter
Over two-hours of entertainment. (123 min.) DVD features 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound
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2 Hours, 03 Mins
Golden Rail Video
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Dreamer (Chicago IL) on 2014-07-15 01:03:25.
4 of 5
I enjoyed this video quite a bit. I have a two other Golden Rail videos, and I think they do a pretty nice job. The narrators voice is a little slow for me, but narration could be turned off, and it's not horrible. He just talks really slow. My favorite part was the McCloud River Railroad plowing snow with a some weird home-made plow. The narrator called it a Bucket Flanger Plow, but I couldn't find any reference to it at all on Google.
Additional remarks by Dreamer: Narration:Just enough. Narration CAN be turned off in special features. Would kids enjoy this?I doubt it. Image quality:Good. DVD Value:Seemed a little high, but not too bad. Recommend to others?Yes.
TRAINMASTER (HENDERSONVILLE NC) on 2014-07-04 15:09:25.
4 of 5
I have a problem with the title. Yes there's some snow, but this is primarily a review of geared motive power rather than winter operations. Pay attention to the cover details and then make your decision. It must be said that GOLDEN RAIL always puts out a quality product and this release is no exception.
Additional remarks by TRAINMASTER: Narration:Could have used more. Would kids enjoy this?Maybe. Image quality:Excellent! DVD Value:Seemed a little high, but not too bad. Recommend to others?Not unless they REALLY were interested in the subject matter.
When was this all shot? At least what decade? No clue in the decription -- oddly enough. That too seems possibly misleading.
Added 2014-07-18 16:50:56 by Rob
The oldest footage is of the McCloud River #18, shot on the McCloud Railroad near Mt Shasta in the winter of 2005. (The 18 is now on the Virginia & Truckee.)
The rest was shot over several winters in Washington on the expansive Mt Rainier Scenic RR in 2008, 2010, and 2012. (The MRSR runs on a former Milwaukee Road branch.)