Length: 46 minutes
Time Period: 1897- 1950’s
Locations: Philadelphia, Bethlehem Branch, PRSL, Mt. Ararat, Confluence, Bellows Falls,more..
A&R Productions has a compelling collection of vintage steam, in the Northeast. There are a handful of featured railroads, from the first half of the twentieth century. Reading, Rutland, Delaware and Hudson, with Baltimore and Ohio, as the major lines. Lehigh Valley, Penn Reading Shore Lines, plus Ulster and Delaware, round out the assortment.
This is largely black and white show. A smattering of color spices things up. Quality improves by the progression of years. The 1897 footage is the earliest and roughest. Overall, the collection appears good . Train sounds are in the program.
Narration by Ted Kalaku. Script has good details throughout the program. No maps, but it is a compilation. The way the scenes jump around, a map isn’t really necessary.
Reading Lines chapter is a fast paced one, that is packed with trains. All black and white film. Mostly good imagery and ranges down to fair. Some of this footage is ancient. Consolidations, Pacifics and even Mother Hubbards. Cameos of CNJ and LV too.
Rutland has The Whippet, as a highlighted freight ‘name train’. Bellows Falls yard. Ten wheelers and Green Mountain Flyer.
Delaware and Hudson has the big Challengers. See these monsters as they conquer the grade at Ararat! Additionally, Northerns and Pacific class locomotives are present.
Experienced viewers will find a mixture, with of a high percentage of rarities It is a worthwhile variety, with the running theme of Northeastern railroads.
Northeast Steam is a fascinating compilation of antique footage. Mainly in black and white, the show has plenty of action. The production plays well. An enjoyable look into the past.
Rating: 3 1/2 Stars