With renewed interest in the 4449 after its trip east to Michigan in 2009, fans will surely enjoy this video that is new to dvd in 2009. First we start with 4449 traveling from Portland to Kennewick, Washington along the BN mainline through the Columbia River region with majestic scenery. 4449 hauled coaches to the host railroad from Portland. The Washington Central, a private operator in 1990, was the host for trips operating on former Northern Pacific Trackage. On Friday we watch 4449 on two roundtrips from Kennewick to Prosser, and watch it depart Kennewick at dusk to Yakima on a dinner train.
On Saturday we watch 4449 on two runs to Ellensburg through the scenic Yakima Canyon. On Sunday the 4449 makes an all-day trip from Yakima to Cle Elum, traveling through the scenic Yakima and Cle Elum canyons on this round-trip. In addition to 4449 action we also see former Great Western 2-8-0 number 51 on two trips during this weekend, as it was based in the area at this time. There is even one meet with 4449. None of the these excursions have diesel assist like we have today on mainline trackage.
Rounding out the coverage is 4449's one-way trip from Yakima to Portland, ending with 4449 spinning on the Portland turntable and entering the roundhouse. This trip marked the only run for 4449 in 1990, and included some great action, with super scenery in Washington state. Former NP semaphores are a nice bonus as well. The engine sounds great and looks nice in the cool weather of October 1990 producing some good steam effects that are often missing from this engine. The original VHS tape released in 1990 was only 60 minutes, but we have included a few more scenes, and made others a little longer so you get more for your money.
Nikhil Murthy (Washington) on 2016-01-20 17:55:43.
People who found this review helpful: 4
3 of 5
This program shows the 4449 on her way to Steamfest '90. Here is a summary of the segments in this program:
October 10, 1990: Portland, OR to Kennewick, WA October 12, 1990: 2 Roundtrips from Kennewick to Prosser with 4449. Great Western 51 will make a roundtrip from Prosser to Granger. At night, 4449 heads from Kennewick to Yakima while 51 heads to Toppenish. October 13, 1990: 2 Roundtrips from Yakima to Ellensburg with 4449. Great Western 51 will make a roundtrip from Ellensburg to Cle Elum. October 14, 1990: 1 Roundtrip from Yakima to Cle Elum with 4449. October 15, 1990: Yakima to Kennewick October 16, 1990: Kennewick, WA to Portland, OR
This program should be for all fans of 4449. In addition, 4449 had 3 whistles equipped on her (her regular whistle on the engineer side, an auxiliary whistle on the fireman's side, as well as the rarely-used air horn) and this is one of the few programs where all 3 are used.
Additional remarks by Nikhil Murthy: Narration:Just enough. Would kids enjoy this?Yes. Image quality:Good. DVD Value:Good Value Recommend to others?Yes.
OK I think you did an excellent job on the summary of the program itself, but perhaps the reason why you rate 3 out of 5 stars is because this program was originally released as a full hour video in January 1991(25 YEARS AGO!). But when this was converted on DVD for Greg's 25th anniversary of his business in 2009, it was transformed to a 90 minute video. Want to know something wrong? Greg Reused the original 1991 Narration recording for this dvd.
SP 4449 Washington Steamfest
Dietz on 2009-09-07 11:45:17.
People who found this review helpful: 3
4 of 5
This DVD is very well put together. I totally enjoyed it. Recommend it it all ages.
Additional remarks by Dietz: Narration:Just enough. Would kids enjoy this?Yes. Image quality:Good. DVD Value:Good Value Recommend to others?Definitely.