Nikhil Murthy (Washington) on 2017-03-17 11:57:30.
This program shows the 3 steam locomotives that traveled from their home bases to the 1990 NRHS Convention in St. Louis, MO: Cotton Belt 819, Union Pacific 844, and Norfolk & Western 1218.
The program begins with Cotton Belt 819 being prepared at Pine Bluff, AR on June 11. Then the 819 is chased the following day from Pine Bluff to Illmo, MO aka Scott City. One of the highlights in this segment is meeting and exchanging whistle salutes with St. Louis, Iron Mountain, & Southern #5 at Delta, MO. The next segment traces the 819 from Illmo to Pine Bluff after completing an NRHS excursion that ended in Illmo on June 17.
Next, Union Pacific 844 is seen pulling three different freight trains on three consecutive days from Cheyenne, WY to Kansas City, MO with overnight stops in North Platte, NE on June 7; Marysville, KS on June 8; and Kansas City, MO on June 9. The interesting part about this is that the 844 was running late on all three of these days, especially from North Platte to Marysville where the engine was over 7 hours late upon arriving at Marysville. Then the 844 is seen on June 18 from west of Kirkwood (since Frisco 1522 was dropped off there which can be seen in "St. Louis Steam Celebration") to Kansas City, MO with an excursion train on its way back to Cheyenne.
Finally, Norfolk & Western 1218 is seen for the first 3 days of the 4-day Independence Limited starting on June 9 from Columbus, OH to St. Louis, MO. Day 1 is from Columbus to Cincinnati, OH (actually Ludlow, KY) via Portsmouth, Day 2 is from Cincy to Louisville, KY via Lexington, and Day 3 is from Louisville to Mt. Vernon, IL. Interesting highlights include the climb over Erlanger Hill on Day 2 and several tunnels encountered on the Day 3.
The narration was infrequent. But at least there were on-screen graphics to keep the viewer informed as to where the train is currently at, especially for the 1218 segment which had extremely limited narration.
Additional remarks by Nikhil Murthy:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Definitely!
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? A "Must Have"!
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