Steamboy (Revere MA US) on 2018-12-25 08:28:07.
In volume 1 which in my own words I called it ï¿½Eastern Steam in the 90sï¿½, we start with N&W 475 leaving groffs grove, Louisville & Nashville 152 leaving new haven Kentucky, CN 1551 Going backwards, and LS&I 734 in the Maryland mountain side. Then Christopher Kovacs (Trainmaster844) introduces all 4 of the engines staring with 475 at the Strasburg railroad in Lancaster county Pennsylvania to have some preparations ready for the dayï¿½s run on one of the most popular tourist attractions in America. Next 475 couples up to the coaches at the main platform and after that everyone got ready to board the coaches for the run to the electrified mainline at Leaman Place junction in paradise. At the NS & Amtrak interchange, 475 uncouples the coaches and runs around them to couple up to the opposite end of the consist. Everyone onboard cheers at 475ï¿½s crew for a job well done. All too soon all of the passengers mostly children waved and Greg. And all too soon, we are back at the main station. Over the years, The Strasburg railroad has been changed many times over the years such as the run around at paradise, the bridge between the ghost whistle crossing and the electrified interchange, and also new tracks were added for their own freight yard. Not to mention some of the coaches painted yellow. 475 comes to a complete stop, and in the next scene, the engine whistles at carpenters crossing plus it passes by the groffï¿½s grove picnic area at cherry hill. This footage was shot way before the corn maze county fair. On a different trip, 475 makes a stop at the picnic area. and after that, the engine departs. On another different trip, 475 whistles through carpenters crossing. Afterwards, a musical segment with horses, cows, and Amish farmers are included. Interestingly enough, this song was shown on Montana Rails from 2000. This was one of the very first gene Michael productions songs ever made. The name of that song was Inaï¿½s song from the album: memoirs. Our final shot on the Strasburg railroad shows 475 passing by the red caboose motel. This clip as well as the engine leaving the picnic area was shown in N&W steam freights from 2004.
Moving on to the now gone but not forgotten Ohio Central railroad, we see Canadian National 1551 hauling a boxcar of bricks on Thursday June 9, 1994. About 2 days before my parents got married. After uncoupling the boxcar, 1551 heads back to sugar creek. Note the alco diesel powered switcher in the background. The following Friday June 10, 1551 runs light going backwards and itï¿½ll also have to couple up to the coaches for the run to Baltic. Next the engine had to get some service ready from crewmembers. As 1551 leaves sugar creek with the first train of the day, this clip was shown in last yearï¿½s (2017) DVD: Steam Cab Rides. But with Brian Sellers narrating. Since 2008, the OC system had since been solved and operated by the Gennessee & Wyoming Freight only railroad. And like many of the steam engines on the OC that the late Jerry Jacobsen owned, 1551 is still on display at the age of steam roundhouse. At Baltic, 1551 leaves the coaches behind, and we are at an unprotected crossing where people and automobiles ignored 1551ï¿½s whistle and also the blinking red lights. This crossing at the runaround siding is located on Ohio state highway 651. After the conductor throws the switch, 1551 starts to go backwards running light, and everyone else got their right of way to cross the tracks again. On the opposite side of the siding, 1551 couples up to the coaches and heads back to Baltic tender first. Next Christopher does a little more narrating such as Jerry talking to a female Amish farmer, a still image of 1551 in October of 200, and 2 female farmers trying to load Haybales. While 1551 is the main focus of this Segment, Canadian pacific 1293 also appears on a fan trip. Back to 1551 however, we see the birds eye view of the little Switzerland of Ohio as this clip was shown in the heartland video but with the late John Edward Hingsbergen narrating. Next we fast forward to 7 years and 4 months later to October 20th 2001 as 1551 leaves sugar creek. These scenes were Made during production of Grand Trunk Western 6325 return to steam. Afterwards, 1551 whistles through Baltic, and a horse drawn buggy crosses the tracks. Next we see more horse work as 1551 whistles in the background, plus running tender first back to sugar creek. Next 1551 leaves the station for the afternoon train. Afterwards we are back in Baltic as We bid farewell to the Ohio Central, CN 1551, and also the 2 America by rail the heartland segments with the 6325 supplemental.
Moving onto October 14 1995, we see one of the most popular steam locomotives in the Allegheny mountains, but was never shown on any other GSVP titles until now. The engine is none other than Lake Superior & Ishpeming 734 on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. Our first scene with the chunky consolidation is at woodcock hollow road crossing before and after the crossing. The noise gets louder and louder as 734 whistles through. Oddly enough, 734ï¿½s whistle sounds quite identical to SP 4449 between 1990-2010. Next 734 whistles through brush tunnel, as it heads back to Cumberland. Back at cumberland, 734 drops the passengers off and it crosses over the Potomac River to Ridgely West Virginia. After turning on the Wye, the engine pulls into the station for the afternoon trip up the mountain, but with only 3 coaches and a caboose. Note that former Chicago And Northwestern RSD5 1689 is sitting on display. Some changes have been made to the WMSR over the years. Our final scene on the Cumberland to frostburg line is at helmstetters curve where 734 whistles through. Sadly since 2016, the engine is still in pieces, as the crew is still focusing on the restoration of C&O 1309.
The final segment in this program was also shot in October of 1995. This time its at the Kentucky Railway Museum with Louisville & Nashville 152. A Santa Fe Blue and yellow diesel is added on the rear. As 152 stops at the platform, everyone got onboard the coaches as we are riding on one of the coaches with 152 to Boston. Fun fact alert: this segment was recorded the day after the Western Maryland scenic segment. To ride on the whole line from new haven to Boston, please check out L&N 152 Pride of Kentucky shot 15 years later in 2010. At Boston Kentucky, 152 gets some maintenance done as everyone onboard got a chance to see some close up looks of this 1905 pacific. An unexpected cameo shot of Gregï¿½s wife Kathi and Daughter Heather is shown. From the rear of the train, AT&SF 2546 Powers the return trip. This footage was shot way before the Runaround track was installed. Back at New haven, 152 leaves the museum with the afternoon train of the day. Sadly since 2011, the official steam locomotive of Kentucky is still in pieces. Next 152 whistles through the crossing. Back at Boston, 152 is sitting still as Joe Bratcher inspects the bearings. We close the video with 3 men dressed as president Lincoln and a female resident dressed up as the presidentï¿½s wife Mary.
Like many of Gregï¿½s 2018 programs minus the original 1988 editing of cotton belt 819 Arkansas steam, and the Un-narrated return to Deshler on Blu-ray, this was narrated by Christopher Kovacs (Trainmaster844).
Additional remarks by Steamboy:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Yes.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? A "Must Have"!
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