After many years without active steam power, the Reading & Northern Railroad (formerly the Blue Mountain and Reading) made the decision to restore former Gulf, Mobile, and Northern light Pacific #425 to operation, for passenger service on their extensive trackage in Eastern Pennsylvania.
This DVD chronicles the second excursion season in 2009, with coverage of all the major trips. You'll see this gutsy blue Pacific as she battles the grades of the former Lehigh Valley mainline, travels ex-Reading Company trackage through the heart of anthracite coal country, and operates on former Central Railroad of New Jersey tracks - all now owned by the Reading & Northern. In addition to beautiful fall foliage, you'll see #425 in a rare early autumn snowstorm.
With plenty of great stack talk, a variety of different whistles, and beautiful scenery, this program has something for every viewer. #425 sounds like a locomotive twice her size, as she puts on an incredible show of steam powered railroading.
This DVD includes:
May 16th - Tunkhannock to Jim Thorpe September 6th - Pittston to Jim Thorpe October 10th - Port Clinton to Jim Thorpe October 17th - Port Clinton to Jim Thorpe October 18th - Port Clinton to Jim Thorpe This DVD also includes the October 18th, 2008 trip from Port Clinton to Jim Thorpe, as #425 struggles mightily to keep the power to the rails. This segment features lots of wheel slipping as #425's crew deals with wet rail, and an especially long train, on the climb from Port Clinton to the ex-CNJ part of the line at Haucks.
There is no distracting music or narration on this DVD; just well-filmed and well-edited clips of one the loudest and hardest working steam locomotives in the country today.
This is a standard definition DVD-R presented in 16:9 widescreen, and should be compatible with any DVD player.
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1 Hour, 39 Mins ($0.14/min)
Steam Video Productions
0 Worldwide NTSC
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Reading & Northern 425 Blue Mountain Thunder Vol 1 DVD
BigJim4Life (Morrisville PA US) on 2017-12-04 21:07:17.
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4 of 5
This is a pretty neat production - especially if you're a big fan of R&N #425, like I am. I'm within a couple of hours of her home turf, so I've seen her a bunch in action. I've been to a bunch of these spots, and occasionally I'll watch this video to for inspiration on others. This footage includes a rare trip from Tunkhannock to Jim Thorpe - one which I've never seen in person.
If you want a lot of great footage of R&N #425, this is one of the videos for you!
Additional remarks by BigJim4Life: Narration:Just enough. Narration CAN be turned off in special features. Would kids enjoy this?Yes. Image quality:Excellent! DVD Value:Good Value Recommend to others?Definitely.