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Norfolk & Western 1218 Rebuilt & Roanoke Bound DVD Train Video

Norfolk & Western 1218 Rebuilt & Roanoke Bound DVD Train Video Greg Scholl Video Productions GSVP-096 604435009692
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Norfolk and Western 2-6-6-4 number 1218 is the only Class A that survived. In 1986 it was sent to Birmingham, Alabama for the Irondale shop folks to work their magic and bring this locomotive back to life. We get an exclusive visit to see some of the restoration work in the fall of 1986, as we see various parts being worked on, as the engine is separated from the boiler and much work is being done. We made a special trip for this shop visit. Then in March of 1987, we are back in Birmingham for a test-run of 1218 which went to Wilton, Alabama. This was nice since the engine pulled a freight train, which even included a caboose on the rear. After switching was done at Wilton, the 1218 took another freight back to Birmingham. On this trip the whistle was sounding a bit off, and was later fixed. Piney Woods trestle provided one of the highlights of this trip. Then in April we follow 1218 with 5 tuscan red coaches as it travels to Roanoke for its homecoming run. This trip was not without incident, but the train made it on the scheduled time. The first weekend of public excursions is shown with some scenes to Bluefield, turning on the wye, and then the following day trips. The Sunday trips were 2 runs, that included a morning trip up Blue Ridge Grade to Lynchburg and return, and an afternoon run from Roanoke to Walton and back. Several nice shots on grades are seen on this day. Norfolk and Western 1218 was indeed back in operation. The locomotive last operated in 1991, and was in the process of rebuilding when the steam operations ceased in 1994. It is now on display at the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke, Virginia. Now the video is back, as a DVD for you to enjoy once again.

Color, live audio, and limited narration so you can enjoy the action.

70 Minutes plus previews

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DVD Item#:GSVP-096
Runtime:1 Hour, 10 Mins
Producer:Greg Scholl Video Productions
Aspect Ratio:Full Screen
DVD UPC:604435009692
Shrink Wrapped?:Yes
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC

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  •  4 of 5

For the first time after 10 years out of the GSVP market, this was finally made into today's format but instead of re-editing the whole program, Greg converted the original 1987 editing to DVD as a throwback/flashback to how it was made and filmed 30 years and 2 months earlier. Some of the segments were quite interesting as there are also some silent clips of 611 at the Birmingham shops, and also hauling a small freight at Ludlow Kentucky. Speaking of 611, the recent N&W 611 trilogy from today's footages were sadly the final programs to have John Edward Hingsbergen's narration. From a 3rd WWII aircraft blu-ray title: a rare b24 bomber onwards, Matt Flanaghan of Dynamo productions took over the narration in Johnny's shoes. All of the GSVP fans including myself will wish our fond farewells to Hingsbergen for becoming one of the best narrartors of the railroad related media. Now let's talk about the artwork on the case. When Greg first released this program 30 years earlier, it was green with yellow-cream lettering and a still image of 1218 at the montgomery tunnel at Christiansburg grade was shot by John Craft. On the present DVD however, its white with maroon black on 1218's name and the bottom words are made in plain yellow. On the front and back however, 2 photographs made by the late Bob Lyndall were used for this release. At the still image of 1218 before the closing credits, there is a to be continued message at the bottom which would mean that its a prequel to Greg's discontinued program: Cincinatti 1218. For previews however, there are other N&W steam related titles since Greg was born and resides in N&W territory. Although not N&W themed, there are 2 other programs such as union pacific's big boys & challengers, and the over produced ohio steam spectacular program.

Additional remarks by Steamboy:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Yes.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Seemed a little high, but not too bad.
Recommend to others? A "Must Have"!

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