Milwaukee Road Scrapbook D-126 Charles Smiley Presents
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See the Milwaukee Road’s “electrification” on the old Pacific Extension. Remember the “Quills”, Bipolars, GE Boxcabs and GE “Joes”. Additional coverage includes the Milwaukee Road’s diesels and a nice review of Milwaukee Road’s steam powered trains. This is Milwaukee Road’s passenger and freight operations in its finest years. We also bring a good section on snow fighting, MOW equipment and practices as well as the frequent wrecks that kept the MOW people far too busy in the unfortunate years of decline. But overall, the Milwaukee Road’s employees always came through in the best tradition of tough and dedicated mountain railroaders. Don’t miss the comparative electrics on the Great Northern and the BA&P add to the history and scenic views. The copper ore trains that the BA&P actually preceded the Milwaukee’s own electrification. The original electrified BA&P paved the way for Milwaukee’s plans and gave them the impetus to “go electric” -- in many ways. See highlights of rival Northern Pacific and more Great Northern regional competition of their own specialized electric trains – and, their steam and diesel power. This video features mostly 16mm, beautiful, color film that captures the essence of the Milwaukee Road’s Pacific “extension” to Seattle and Tacoma, Washington. This is a fine history of the great Pacific Northwest -- and railroad history in general. To quote Model Railroad News, “Once again, Charles Smiley’s ‘magic’ resurrects old footage and combines it into a powerful story”.
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Grandma (Vancouver, Canada) on 2012-06-19 10:25:43.
I purchased this DVD for my husband. He found it very interesting & informative. As a young man he worked as an Electrical Fitter on the tramway in Blackpool, England. The technical information was very good. Well worth the reasonable price.
rrvideoman on 2007-08-12 22:38:23.
This is the finest movie I've ever seen on the history of the Milwaukee Road. Milwaukee's story is well told, along with the operations of the power supply in the mountains.
Charles Smiley has done an excellent job putting together footage of the Railroad from the early days when electrification started to the final days. Included is other electric lines and competeting railroads -- NP, GN, and BA&P. Maps on the movie are very explanatory as well.
For the fans of long haul electrics, this movie is an excellent purchase.
Note: However, like all Charles Smiley movies, there is one area that I've noticed that is common with the productions that some viewers may not care for: There is an overlap of footage of the movies of the same road name. Even so, this is normally only 10 to 20 minutes over an entire movie that ranges 75 to 90 minutes long.