Diverging Clear Productions
Length: 60 minutes+ previews
Time Period: 2013
Locations: Monticello, Strasburg, Chattanooga, Enola, Altoona, Horseshoe Curve
Sources: Mary McPherson, Kurt Jensen
DCP has a show highlighting 4 steam locomotives that they filmed in 2013. Southern #401. Strasburg RR #475. Southern #630. Nickel Plate #765. Three of the engines were featured in previous shows from this past year. All of these shows were reviewed on this site. Titles are in the preview section. Note, the Strasburg loco will have a show in early 2014.
Kurt Jensen has the way too sparse narrative. His style is: relaxed, and likeable. The remaining majority of audio, is all natural live sound. Everything is very clearly heard. That includes children in the background or crossing bells. Fortunately, the noises are at a minimum. Yet, the lack of a solid narration weakens the set.
The narration is in an introductory format. Background and some info to set the scene, After that, it is all environmental sound. No other information is offered. Didn’t care for this style. There could be alot to discuss. Feels like a quickie, throw it together show.
Southern Railway 401 is first up. The engine is seen operating at Monticello Railway Museum. Mixture of some decent trackside runbys. Also the cab ride that doesn’t really work. A soft steam whistle stands out on this steamer. Shot during a crowded Railfan Weekend, the museum has plenty of equipment in service. See the replica of an Illinois Central interlocking tower. See the crowd around the station too.
Strasburg RR 475 at Strasburg, Pennsylvania. This 4-8-0 was from the Norfolk and Western. Baldwin built in 1906. These passenger cars are on the ugly side. No information is offered, but they are an odd looking collection.
Southern Railway 630 is shown in the Chattanooga area. Tennessee Valley Railway Museum at Railfest 2013. The 2-8-0 gets to strut her stuff on the Norfolk Southern mainline. Recently restored and looking sharp! Another great steam whistle. No diesel helper on the main.
Rating: 2 Stars