Length: 75 minutes
Time Period: 1992 + 1998 (261)
Locations: Topeka to Chicago, and more.
Sources: John Steenwyk, John Szwajkart
Steam on the Santa Fe has the concept of viewing a couple of employee specials. Santa Fe 3751 is one of the steamers featured. Milwaukee Road 261 is the half of the equation. Each locomotive has it’s own part within the show.
A no frills train video from John Szwajkart. No narration, maps or extras. John doesn’t use a tripod, expect shaky camerawork. The 2nd cameraman will have to be seen..
The first portion has a steady camera. Shot on a consumer grade, VHS camera.
At Chillicothe to Streator, there is rain. Sloppy conditions = sloppy results. The rain continues as the special travels towards Chicago. Not his fault for the rain, but there are other clear weather 3751 shows, available in the marketplace. Why spend time watching it rain, and view a beaten down smoke plume?
At Chicago, the following day, clear weather follows. There are some Warbonnets on a freight. 3751 is seen, and the windy breeze hits the microphone pretty hard.
Hey, this excursion is a mess, overall. Bad weather, bad wind noise, and when the 3751 appears, a shaky camera. Unedited audio includes more unneeded noise. Lack of good video editing, adds to the uncomfortable atmosphere of this special. Next……….
Part 2 has Milwaukee Road 261 operating on the Santa Fe.
Ding. ding, ding by the crossing. We hear the ringing bells. 261 in reverse, on the rear!
As both locomotives are readily available in higher quality, I don’t see the point of this show.
It’s not rare, or a joy to watch. The trackage may be the only reason for the show.
Rating: 1 Star