Steam Rotary Snow Plow OY

ROTARY-DVD

Producer: Pentrex

Timeframe: 1991 (2019 Reissue)

Locations: Chama, Cumbres Pass

Length: 39 minutes

Sources: David Busse, Martin Orozco

Narrow gauge action, on Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad. Watch, Steam Rotary Snowplow OY. It operates, on the 10,000 foot Cumbres Pass, with two Steam locomotives! Plenty of additional C&TS, train moves. Classic Museum Railroading.

This show is on a DVD-R. There are no extras. Save a preview, at the conclusion. Familiar voice of David Drui handles the narrative. Script is nicely written. High quality production throughout!

vlcsnap-2020-02-14-10h58m08s998The show begins at the C&TS yard in Chama, New Mexico. An operational steam rotary is a rarity. This vintage OY unit, was from Rio Grande. Actually, this was first OY usage in a decade.

Engines 487 and 488 are the steam power, for this snow removal train. A couple of work cars and a caboose


vlcsnap-2020-02-14-11h06m18s699Water stop. All this steam equipment needs to be topped off.

vlcsnap-2020-02-14-11h13m36s937Plow and locomotives work hard upgrade.vlcsnap-2020-02-14-11h09m27s754Some heavy snow encountered at Windy Point.

vlcsnap-2020-02-14-11h22m46s405Cumbres Pass Station. Deteriorating weather conditions.

vlcsnap-2020-02-14-11h29m02s605 A passenger special. The Chama Turn, it was once called.  Would turnback at Osier, Colorado. The run was 32 miles. Not discussed, although it might be the same move.

vlcsnap-2020-02-14-11h41m55s355Now, the opposite direction. The downhill snow removal train, only requires a single locomotive.

vlcsnap-2020-02-14-11h37m54s371The other engine, follows with passengers. Doesn’t this scene appear to be a Model Railroad?

vlcsnap-2020-02-14-11h35m00s474This show has recently been reissued in 2019. Likely, a fresh remaster. It looks great! Never saw the original. The rather short running time, makes the most of it. The chief concern for value.

vlcsnap-2020-02-14-11h33m09s265The trains are naturally, a slow paced affair. By using multiple camera angles and creative editing, it appears to pace faster.

There is everything here for steam fans. It reaches beyond, being a boring, watch the rotary turn endlessly, type of show! Smartly produced and a worthwhile additional to any Railfan’s collection.

Rating: 4 1/2 Stars

 

 

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