Length: 21 minutes
Time Period: 1958
Locations: Cheyenne,Grand Island.. more
Source: Dave Gross
Here is another show that features large Union Pacific steam. The title is similar to and not to be confused with, the superior Union Pacific produced release. This WB Video show was filmed in 1958. Dave Gross was a teenage cameraman. He used 16mm, all color film. The subject has been covered in other programs in detail and high quality. How does this 20 minute release stack up?
Chapters are divided by locomotive class. Big Boy 2-8-8-4 contains about one third of screentime. It is nicely done. Nothing that experienced enthusiasts haven’t seen elsewhere. Action at the Cheyenne Roundhouse. Number 4017 is briefly chased with a freight leaving town.
UP 8444. What steam show doesn’t include this one? The concern with having this inclusion is obvious. How much time does this take? Is it shown in excursion service? The 8444 is shown in excursion service. It uses approximately one third of the total program time.
WB Video expends over 2/3 of this release on Big Boys and 8444. The narrow focus yields only a handful of locomotives. Compared to the overall marketplace, this one doesn’t compare favorably. It is not a bad show. As a standalone show, it doesn’t give much value. Still, for the Union Pacific fans that want everything, it will do. One viewing for the rest of us.
Union Pacific’s Steam Giants, is a brief 20 minute show. In summary, this short reel release doesn’t contain any unique material. It is non essential.
Rating: 2 Stars