Sunday River Productions
Length: 54 minutes
Time Period: 1950’s
Locations: Bluefield to Portsmith Ohio… more
Sources: Guy and Betty Brant
Producer: Alva Morrison- Digital Remaster 2007
Steam in the East Series
Norfolk & Western operated classic articulated steam locomotives, which were adept at many tasks on the railroad. Useful in coal service, freight and passenger assignments. Anything from slow to high speed manifest freights. N&W held off dieselization until 1957. Last steam there was operated in 1960. The cover artwork is titled Norfolk and Western. The film title displays Norfolk and Western Articulateds.
Same train, the film looks excellent overall.
Sunday River has compiled over 100 runbys of colorful action on NW. The program features the A Class 2-6-6-4 in high speed moves. The huge Y Class 2-8-8-2 have those massive low pressure cylinders and haul their heavy trains over the Appalachians at a slower pace.
The all color films were restored and look great. The camerawork is mostly excellent. A few shaky scenes are present. Special mention goes to O. Winston Link, who was the source for the vintage live sound recordings. Note, the sounds are excellent, but are not the actual trains being viewed. Originally released in 1986, it is a product of that videotape era. Narration by Alva Morrison. Script does contain good information. The narrative and musical background does show it’s age. A Chapter Menu has the A and Y Class with some location subset chapters.
Digital remaster that was done in 2007. This all steam show looks excellent. Appearance is what carries the program. There are more than the two locomotive classes included. Watch for a Shay locomotive on a shortline. N&W Z Class and S1 switchers appear. A wide variety of locations and viewpoints keep the interest level up. Editing is very smooth, and it is a 2007 re-edit.
Norfolk and Western Articulateds Part 1. Showcases the nimble A Class locomotive.
Norfolk and Western Articulateds Part 2. This title contains the feature on the Y Class engine. Much of the action is around yards or in town at slower speeds. An advantage is an opportunity to study the huge compound steam engines operating.
2176 is seen running on the Spice Creek Branch.
Norfolk and Western is a fine steam show. All color and a clean looking program. The 2007 update should be worth the upgrade, for those with an older release.
All steam fans should find this solid collection of N&W articulateds impressive.
Rating: 4 1/2 Stars