Diverging Clear Productions
Length: 1 hour 16 minutes
Time Period: 2010-2011
Locations: Chattanooga, Knoxville, TN and Monticello, IL.
Source: Mary McPherson
Three former Southern Railway 2-8-0 Consolidation class locomotives have recently returned to service. All of the rebuilt Southern engines were filmed by Diverging Clear in the spring and summer of 2011. Two of them reside in Tennessee. The third one in Illinois. Each is presented with a feature on this program. There also is 20 minutes of bonus footage and previews.
Southern 154 is at Three Rivers Rambler in Knoxville, TN. Schenectady built in 1890.
The #630 is the most widely known of the trio. Mary has a detailed history in a brief narrative. The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum at Chattanooga. A scenic location with a longer chapter. There is a wealth of scenic photographic opportunities. Our cinematographer has plenty of classic looking scenes.
There is a chapter menu that also contains selections: for bonus footage and previews. Natural audio dominates the soundtrack. The sounds of these steam engines are great! Narration is informative and with a minimalist approach.
Southern Steam Returns is a finely produced three for one program. DCP has hit a home run. Any railfan and their families will find this an enjoyable presentation.
Rating: 4 Stars