Rio Grande Rotary Spectacular DVD5 of 5 (1)
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In early May, 1993, the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad operated historic steam rotary plow OY to clear the line for the upcoming tourist season. Pushed by three steam locomotives, the OY put on a spectacular show of sight and sound as it cleared heavy snowdrifts along the narrow gauge line. All equipment except the OY was authentically lettered Rio Grande. You'll thrill to a classic contest pitting man and machine against the elements as the OY slowly ascends the 4% grade to Cumbres Summit. This heroic battle culminates in a deafening assault on the deep drifts of Windy Point, viewed from a variety of camera angles. The sight of OY's fifty-foot-high snow plume, combined with four towering columns of smoky exhaust from the plow and its three steam-powered pushers, is awesome and unforgettable! Complete coverage of this unique four-day event is presented, featuring multiple camera crews and a stunning stereo soundtrack. 90 Minutes *DVD* Full Color * Stereo Soundtrack Produced by Marc S. Balkin Written and Narrated by Jim Boyd
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Rio Grande Rotary Spectacular DVD
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In the Mark 1 video version of the run for the 1923 built snowplow in 1993, it starts with a look at the summit of Cumbres pass which is at an elevation of 10,015 feet above sea level. The summit is really deep in snow which is at 6.5 feet tall. In other places, the drifts are more than 23 feet. Meanwhile in chama, 487, & 488 are standing by the depot as they are being serviced. On Monday may 3, 1993, 487 & 488 are behind OY as they are making some final preparations before the biggest snow busting battle in C&TS history. Not only this was the second time that 487 & 488 would be pushing the snowplow since 1991, but it's also the first time that 1902 built Mikado number 497 would also be assigned for the battle. Before the train leaves Chama, a look at the snowplow is shown by a blueprint which includes some still images of the rotary, as well as 1889 built rotary OM in the 70s. That snowplow is still on display in Chama. A mention of 2 more Rio Grande rotary snowplows: ON & OO are heard. The last time a rotary snowplow was used in regular Rio Grande years was in either 1962 or 1963. With the brief history of the plow finished, the map of the route from Chama to Antonio is shown. Another look at Cumbres station is shown & we are back in Chama as the opening titles are shown. As snow signal switched to green, the snow busting tripleheader gets underway. Besides the Mark 1 video crew, other producers like Video rails, machines of iron, & Of course Greg Scholl who organized the May 8, & 9 1993 specials, were also there for the entire battle. A few moments later, the OY & mikes negotiate a bend at lake lobato with highway 17 in the background as the 4% climb begins. East of the trestle over wolf creek, the snowplow begins to clear the line as more people inspected the tripleheader in action. The OY & mikes whistles through communication. Note the black smoke billowing out of the snowplow funnel. All to soon, the tripleheader snow busting train negotiates an S curve at the new Mexico/Colorado state line. This is one of the deepest points to battle through heavy snow during 1993. Due to the weight of the heavy snow for the 1993 season, the track is getting soggy at milepost 336.1 which causes multiple derailments. More whistle communications are heard. Only in 1993, when the water towers are too far away to reach while the locomotives & The snowplow are really low on water, the workmen are shoveling snow in their tenders. After pushing through the S curve, the tripleheader rotary approaches the cresco water tower. Note the flanger underneath the OY. 487 is the lead locomotive of the snow busting train behind the rotary, followed by 497 in middle, & 488 between the 2 engines, & The rolling stock on the rear. The OY removes more snow while passing by the water tower. All the mikados especially the snowplow must take turns at the cresco water tower. With water filled in their tenders, the snow busting train passes by the Coxo telephone with as well as the highway 17 crossing to finish day 1 of the snow busting battle for 1993. While stopping before the crossing, there is a brief strategy conference, then the 487 whistles for the crossing While the OY was unaware that the snow which used to be on the tracks have accidentally landed on a few automobiles as evidenced by a red car on the left side of the screen While the plow removes some snow on the line. The snow between coxo & The summit of Cumbres gets much deeper and deeper as the crew calls it a day. Before that happens, they decided to plow a bit further from the highway 17 crossing, then it was decided to call it a day. As 488 heads to chama with the camp train, 487, & 497 are with the rotary. Unfortunately on the return trip to Chama, 488 was derailed at milepost 336.1 due to the amount of heavy snow on the ground, as evidenced by a still image. Meanwhile, some night scenes are shown as the OY with 487, & 497 have decided to spend the night at the cresco water tower to avoid anymore problems on the derailed site of milepost 336.1.