Steamin’ In 2012

Steamin’ in 2012

Diverging Clear Productions

Format: DVD-R

Length: 70 minutes + previews

Time Period: 2012

Locations: Six States

Sources: Mary McPherson, Kurt Jensen

MSRP: 20.00

Producer Mary R. McPherson has had a very busy 2012. This new release contains six steam locomotives from this year’s operations. Available in: small, medium, large and extra-large sizes. Just in time for the holidays!

Experienced railfans have likely seen most or all of these before. The advantage of this ‘best of’ type collection, is to have the year of 2012 on a single DVD. Recommended for children too. The action is constant. Steam whistles and chugging locomotives keep this show at a brisk pace. DCP offers many steam shows. This is a great extended sampler.

Kurt Jensen narrates this program. An effective, yet sparse script that has the environmental, natural audio center stage. Brief intros for each featured locomotive.

Diverging Clear often has great railroad audio. Clear and lively. Accurate, occasionally too revealing. They also offer a variety of CD’s with railroad sounds.

Picture quality is excellent. Camerawork is generally excellent.

Cumbres & Toltec #488 and 484. Exterior shots of these narrow gauge trains, in the summer. Film and audio are excellent. Not always the smoothest panning here, though camera is on a tripod. Chama to Cumbres Station.

Opposing train is led by K-36  # 484. Yes, Windy Point is seen in this chapter. Return with 484 to Chama, New Mexico.

Union Pacific #844 is the big Northern 4-8-4. Footage from Shiloh 844 is shown. This was a sometimes windy affair, you will hear it yourself. Partial chase of this excursion. See the Missouri River and selected stops along the trip. Nice scenes from Illinois and Missouri.

Little River Railroad #110. Baldwin built in 1911. Number 100 was the smallest standard gauge Pacific type constructed! This gem is located near Quincy, Michigan. The run is straight out and back, swap the loco around- museum style.

Southern Railway #401, a 2-8-0 at Monticello Museum.  Push pull operation. The pretty 401 was returned to operation in 2010. Check the 1920’s era passenger cars. A Nickel Plate Road customized flatcar hauls a standing room only crowd! The Wabash caboose is a fine extra. Modern man elements appear in most scenes. Still, a pleasing engine.

Rio Grande Scenic #18. Alamosa towards LaVada Pass, Colorado. The coaches are decorated in, classic Illinois Central, chocolate and orange. The consolidation moves at a brisk speed. The steamer had served time on the the Grand Canyon Railway.

Nickel Plate #765. The well known 2-8-4 is at Fort Wayne, Indiana. An employee special for Norfolk Southern is the reason for the move. St. Louis is the destination. Highlight: a great sequence with 765 paced. For those who want more, DCP has a new release titled- Steam Returns To The Wabash.

Steamin’ In 2012…. At 70 minutes this program has fine balance. If you even seek more, check Diverging Clear for full length titles. Everyone in the family, should find this to be an enjoyable way to spend some time watching steam trains.

Rating: 3 Stars

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