Length: 40 minutes
Time Period: 1960’s
Locations: small towns in Appalachia.
Sources: Andy Schools
Four steam shortlines are visited in the 1960’s. All in 8mm color. Narrated by Ted Dalaku.
This is an older release. Narration is nicely done. Script is well written. Editing appears messy for the most part. The scene to scene transitions are often rough. Other audio is music. No train sounds.
Cass Scenic. Bald Knob, VA. Amateur shot in the 1960s. This is a short segment, and looks like a home movie of tourist line. Not anything worth watching.
Buffalo Creek & Gauley. This was in Clay County Virginia. The year was 1962. A coal hauler behind 2-8-0 Consolidations. Majority of the program centers on the visit here. There are numerous pacing shots on a mine run. Interchange with B&O and a logging line connection.
The BC&G is the best filmed road of the bunch. Plenty of action. Also another rarity.
East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad. This is the Tweetsie. Shows a former Southern consolidation, in revenue freight service.
The rare nugget to see, is a fireless steam switcher at a chemical plant.
Rating: 2 1/2 Stars