The Big ‘A' begins with first journey of the last remaining Class A articulated engine, #1218 newly rebuilt in 1987.
Pace 1218's inaugural trip north homeward to Roanoke after two years of reconstruction in Birmingham. Spectacular coverage includes aerials of 1218's first excursions on the Bluefield, Blue Ridge and Christiansburg grades - the only helicopter coverage that we know of the engine's assaults on the Alleghenies. Catch 1218 thundering both eastbound and westbound from Roanoke for magnificent steam action!
In the finale we present Archie Julian's classic: “Battle for the Blue Ridge.” Here the monsters of the steam era on the Norfolk and Western attack the Eastern slope of the main line from Bluefield over Christiansburg Hill and across the Blue Ridge. See both the A and Y class engines with the Y's spinning out on the 3% grades to the mine branches and Pacifics, a rare breed on the N&W, double and triple heading. The J class 4-8-4s bust their guts doing 70 MPH on the main line 2% grades. Even shows the ‘Jawn Henry', the N&Ws experimental steam turbine in helper service. Feel the energy from the era of authentic working steam.
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The Big A 1218 DVD
1 Hour, 03 Mins
Sunday River Productions
0 Worldwide NTSC
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The Big A 1218 DVD
dmacleo (Etna,ME) on 2015-03-11 11:38:41.
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could have used more narration, some good shots of the unit running but its mostly just run-bys
Additional remarks by dmacleo: Narration:Could have used more. Would kids enjoy this?I doubt it. Image quality:Good. DVD Value:Seemed a little high, but not too bad. Recommend to others?Not unless they REALLY were interested in the subject matter.