Diverging Clear Productions
Length: 45 minutes + 37 minute bonus
Time Period: 2013
Locations: Alamosa to LaVeta Pass.
Source: Kurt Jensen
The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad.
Operates on former Denver and Rio Grande Western standard gauge trackage. San Luis and Rio Grande Railroad owns the line today. Original narrow gauge line was widened in 1899. The RGS was formed in 2006. Our train, is an out and back tourist line. Alamosa to LaVeta. Scenery and steam, with vintage passenger equipment.
The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad features LS&I #18, built by ALCO in 1910. Number 18 had previously operated on the Grand Canyon Railroad and the Mount Hood Railroad. Number 1744, is an ex: SP 2-6-0 Mogul, that began service in 1901 and was undergoing a rebuild .
Passenger equipment has 1930’s to 1950’s era on the trains. Painted in Illinois Central colors. The two observation cars are former ICRR. The railroad boss is from Paducah, KY. Hence, the Illinois Central influence.
Camera and zoom are a disappointment on main program. Jerks and jumps too often. A regular distraction. Anticipated some bouncing picture on the moving train ride. That was worse than expected. There are some nice shots, you’ll have to sit through the rest.
Audio is live sound and minimal narration. Kurt Jensen does the announcing. Brief history and a little vintage film open the program. Nice background on the operation and some of the equipment. Basic tourist operation is the main focus. The microphone picks up freeway traffic and excited passengers on some scenes.
Bonus section is riding the scenic line from Alamosa to LaVeta. Introductory narration. The camera bounces on the uneven track. Makes me dizzy to watch. This runs for a long feeling half hour plus. One ride will be enough.
The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad is probably best suited as a souvenir.
Amateur type of show. Diverging Clear has better releases in their catalog.
However, if want to visit this line in your home – here you go.
Rating: 2 Stars