In 2011, we released a program chronicling the history of a southern Illinois shortline, the Crab Orchard & Egyptian. The C.O.& E. was the last common carrier to operate steam in daily freight service in the U.S.
Some of the footage in that program was shot of C.O.& E. 2-8-0 #17 in 1985 and 1986 by George Redmond. Only a small portion of his footage was used for that program. This release in The Heritage Series presents the entire footage Mr. Redmond shot of the last steam powered railroad in the U.S.
Shot in March and October, 1985, and February, 1986, this video shows the daily workings of a steam powered shortline.
The featured locomotive is #17, a 1940 product of the Canadian Locomotive Company in Kingston, Ontario. The locomotive was returned to service in 1979 and operated into September, 1986. We see her over three different days as she goes about her work on the 8 ½ mile line based in Marion, Illinois.
This is steam in daily freight service. No excursion. No passenger cars. Just a coal fired 2-8-0 hauling typical freight cars from the mid 1980s.
In addition to trackside scenes, we also ride the cab of the locomotive as she goes about her work.
Cold weather accentuates the exhaust from the locomotive, and we even see the railroad at work on a cold and rainy day in October.
This program is a unique last look at the end of daily steam operations in America.
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Crab Orchard & Egyptian 2-8-0 17 The End Of The Steam Era DVD
BigJim4Life (Morrisville PA US) on 2019-02-20 15:50:34.
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5 of 5
This is a great video - not for the quality of the images, but the quality of what is being filmed. There is, fortunately, a disclaimer at the beginning of the video, warning us about the quality of some of the imagery, being filmed on older VHS equipment. There are some greens here and there, some brighter than white hues - but nothing majorly off-putting.
What's awesome is the look at CO&E #17 working short line freight on three separate visits. There's no spectacular photo runbys, incessant clicking of cameras, no passenger consists. Just simple documentation of #17 going about it's work as if nothing out of the ordinary was happening - except it's not ordinary at all - but a very cool look at one of the last regularly operated steam-powered freight short lines. Definitely recommended!
Additional remarks by BigJim4Life: Narration:Just enough. Would kids enjoy this?Maybe. Image quality:A little rough around the edges. DVD Value:Excellent Value! Recommend to others?A "Must Have"!