Timeframe: 1950s- 60s
Length: 1 hour 10 minutes
Source: Bruce Ward
A combination of two shows on this single DVD. East and Western steam in the United States. Filmed in 16mm. All color and multiple railroads. End of the steam era. Late 1950s into the early 1960s.
Interested? Step right in…
Choices on the Top Chapter Menu offer: East, West and Bonus Material. Leads to detailed sub Chapter menus. No maps. On-screen location graphics.
Dave Drui with a good narrative. Detailed soundtrack with environmental sounds. High level of Pentrex production.
NW in 1957. Portsmouth, Ohio. Plenty of action in the state.
196 switches at Columbus, Ohio.
Bluefield WV in 59.
Baltimore and Ohio in 1957. Yellowstone EM- 1 type being chased.
A B&O freight train, smokes it up.
Street running at Grafton. The B&O added larger tenders to it’s switchers in later years.
A J1 class 2-10-4 on the turntable at Columbus.
Nickel Plate Road in 1957. Berkshire class. A Hudson class with rarely seen Elephant Ears on a freight.
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy. 1961 in Illinois and Wisconsin. Burlington Route ran fantrips. This one was The Illini Special.
Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range. The Illini Special in 1961.
Union Pacific in 1957. Grand Island, Nebraska. Elephant Ear Northern’s in freight service.
Diminutive switchers were once ubiquitous.
At Cheyenne, Wyoming. Class locomotive, Big Boy 4000, rolls in with smoking brakes.
Challengers are abundant! Compare the exhaust on this somewhat ailing Challenger to the GP unit, as they shove on a freight in the Wahsatch Mountains.
Southern Pacific. San Francisco and Oakland terminals.
Bakersfield in 1957. More shown in 56. A GS 4 meets a Cab Forward .
Colorado and Southern. Various scenes.
2-10-2 predominate. Note the double tender
C&S #641 was well suited to operate to Climax, at over 10,000 feet. Ran until 1961.
Great Western Railway steamer, is used at the sugar Mill. Loveland, CO. They used 0-4-0 saddle tankers too. Even more than expected is seen.
Steam Across America. Covers the advertised in fine fashion. Two packed shows of vintage steam action. The 16mm films look great! Fine viewing for anyone with an interest in steam locomotives.
Rating: 5 Stars