Sunday River Productions
Length: 31 minutes
Time Period: 1950’s, 1970, 1980
Locations: System wide, Western Maryland, TP&W and more..
Source: Jerry Carson
Producer: Alva Morrison
NKP 3 * Steam in the East Series
Color coverage of Nickel Plate Berkshires in vintage years. Begins with classic 1950’s era. The 759 and 765 led specials, 1970 until 1980. This collection of films contains many various views of the steam engines. Sectioned by the timeline in ascending order.
This release is a 2010 remaster. An action packed half hour show.
Alva Morrison combined these individual films into this program. All the vintage films appear to be 16mm. The more modern footage appears to be video. These color films look fine. There is a step up in clarity for 1970 onward. Environmental audio on the more recent footage. Dubbed audio on earlier years. Each chapter has it’s own style. Standard runbys dominate the proceedings. Aerial footage has various views. Close-up and distant from the aircraft.
Narrated by Alva Morrison. Alva shares much background on the railroad and it’s dedication to operating steam, throughout the 1950’s.
Chapter menu divides the show into: Prime, 759 in: 10/70, Spring 71, Summer 1980 with 765. Overall, the films are generally runbys.
40 Years of Nickel Plate Berkshires has an appeal that will be a good choice for family viewing. Everyone likes to see big steam at work. The fast pace and continuous action will entertain anyone with steam train interest.
Rating: 4 Stars