This show has some unique features that are normally not seen in videos. Besides all the 1994 Durango and Silverton runby action we also get a tour inside the yard and roundhouse at Durango, to see some things not normally available. We also see a couple of engines where the hostler shovels some coal, as well as other equipment inside. All this was shot during our 1994 shoot for the “America By Rail-The Heartland” and while some of the runby’s are seen in the America By Rail show, they are not shown in their entirety, and some where never seen, including the roundhouse tour. But they are seen fully in this show. We see all 3 of the class K-28’s in action, plus some K-36’s. There is no riding, just trackside views with some great locations and scenery.
Our next segment features the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad in California near the entrance to the National Park with the same name. The steam engine is Shay #15 formerly from the nearby West Side Lumber company. We were shooting this for the 1995 “America By Rail-The West Coast Route”, but we only used 5 minutes including riding footage in that show. In this segment we see longer scenes, and more scenes that were never used. One of the big highlights was riding ahead of the engine whereby Greg was riding on a trailer pulled by a speeder car. With the tripod and camera on the trailer we get some great and unusual views ahead of the train. We show some of the downgrade portion, as well as the upgrade portion, and several runbys too. The Shay puts on a good show. This was early April and there was even a dusting of snow on the ground.
Moving to Chama, New Mexico in 1997 we see some views of K-37 number 497 bringing a photo freight down the hill and into Chama. Then on a different day, we see some lovely switching scenes of 497 bathed in lovely late afternoon sunlight switching the Chama yard with freight cars. 497 has not run on the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad in many years. Next we ride ahead of 484 starting at Hamilton’s Point. This segment is somewhat similar to the riding ahead of the Shay #15. This footage was used in our “Chased By A Steam Train-Volume 2” with the freight train behind us, as we run ahead and shoot from the platform of a coach. We show only some highlights here, and the main purpose is to show a special runby along Windy Point as the train travels through the cuts of snow that the Rotary had plowed a few days earlier. After our special runby we show the same trackage from ahead of the train to end our segment, and our video.
There is a lot of unique flavor seen and heard in this presentation. If you enjoy Narrow Gauge, or just good steam action then this is for you.
Color scenes with live audio and minimal narration.
78 Minutes + additional previews
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