In 1994 we did our first America By Rail video, which included Strasburg 475 and Ohio Central 1551. This is footage from that trip, but we show you the whole scenes, and much more than what you may have seen in the previous 1994 video. Ex-Norfolk and Western 4-8-0 number 475 operates from East Strasburg to Leaman Place (Paradise) Pennsylvania. We see shots at the station, plus several trackside runby’s. There are also servicing scenes of 475, and running around the train at Leaman Place. There is a nice little grade on the return trip which we cover 2 or 3 times. There is also a little music video of Amish at work and in buggies. This railroad has some of the largest ridership in the country.
Our next stop is in Sugar Creek, Ohio, for the Ohio Central Railroad. They operated a tourist train 5 miles to Baltic and back. Ex-Canadian National 4-6-0 number 1551 is the power. Some of this footage was also used in the America By Rail video, but some is also new, including the 1551 switching a freight car in the late afternoon the day before we shot the tourist train. That was a rare sight for the 1990’s. In addition to the 1994 trackside views, we added some footage we shot on a later visit around 2001 of 1551 on the same line. That is all new footage. Ohio Central was sold to a shortline operator and 1551 has not operated since about 2001 or 2002. So this is somewhat historic today.
Our next stop is the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad with engine number 734, operating from Cumberland, Maryland to Frostburg which is mostly upgrade. This was all new footage shot during October 1995 in fall colors. We got a couple of shots along the old service road, which today is all fenced in and is a bike/hiking trail along the railroad tracks. There is a shot at Brush Tunnel, one in the valley, some at Cumberland, and we end with the famous Helmstetter’s Curve in the afternoon. 734 is out of service since 2016, and a new engine is being restored to operate on the line. Thus this 734 is something you may not see anytime soon. There are some nice fall colors in this segment.
The final stop on this video is a 1995 visit to the Kentucky Railway Museum in New Haven, Kentucky. Our star is former Louisville and Nashville 4-6-2 number 152. This was our first visit to the museum, but we had seen this engine several times when it ran mainline excursions between 1985 and 1988, including a special charter we did in 1988. In this video we will first ride the train departing New Haven toward Boston, with only a few views from the coach vestibule. All this footage was shot with a professional Betacam-SP camera, which was heavy and difficult to shoulder hold in a train vestibule. It’s why we use a tripod 99% of the time shooting trackside views. We chased the last trip in the afternoon, after getting some close-up shots at Boston when we rode the train. There are two really nice scenes, including a departure shot in New Haven, and a fast-moving shot closer to Boston. 152 is out of service and hopefully someday will be restored to operation once again. It last operated in 2011. By the way we have two additional videos on this engine from the 1980’s. See Eastern steam (Scroll down).
We think you will enjoy this look at 4 different operations in the eastern portions of the United States. Live audio and minimal narration
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