Green Frog Productions
Length: 52 minutes
Time Period: 1940’s- 1950’s
Locations: USA (see text)
Source: Gene Miller
MSRP: 34.95 for the single version. 59.95 for the 7 Pak.
Cajon to Horseshoe: Trains Across Mid-America and the West
The third of a trilogy from Green Frog. Gene Miller has an amazing collection of 16 mm films. He shot the footage from the 1940’s into the 1950’s. Plenty of it in color! The Gene Miller films rival, and complement the later cinematographer, Emery Gulash.
This show is fast paced! Narration is detailed, and delivered quickly. There is a plethora of steam and early diesel locomotives. Locations can jump too. Focus by railroad or location.
There are some rarities to be found. The usual engines too. The early diesels are as fascinating as the steam. Everything is all high quality. Digital mastering has most of the footage looking great. A few pinkish hues. Almost all of the shots are excellent.
Chicago is where the volume begins. Various railroads and locations are visited. Santa Fe, Milwaukee Road, Rock Island, Burlington Route, New York Central and Nickel Plate Road!
The show then features a St. Louis Kaleidoscope.
Union Pacific. The massive 4-12-2 class 9000’s stand tall! They predate the Challengers. Many more UP engines are seen. Big Boys and Challengers included. Denver and Cheyenne visited. Long and satisfying chapter. Predominantly black and white films. All excellent!
Cajon Pass is next viewed. Santa Fe steam and diesel power. Doubleheaders and helpers used on the grades. Helpers return caboose.
Southern Pacific cab forwards receive much attention. There are more types shown.
This program has some compelling viewing. One never knows what is going to be shown next. The wide array of: railroads, locomotives and locations keep the show hopping!
Detailed descriptions keep viewers apprised of the action. The sound of the trains is good. Narration does dominate the proceedings, and works well. Good entertainment for the whole family. This trilogy, gives an excellent overview of the 1940’s to 1950’s era.
Rating: 5 Stars