Classic Steam of the ’20s to the ’40s

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Producer: Green Frog

Timeframe: 1920s-1940s

Locations: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Chicago, Kansas City, more.

Length: 1 hour

Sources: Frank W. Schlegel, Vince Ryan, Jack Alexander

A smorgasbord of films. Spanning 4 decades. Some rare and not so rare, steam locomotives. A Collection of: black and white, plus a little color film. Eastern Railroads mainly. Everything is worthwhile.

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See: Delaware and Hudson, New York Central, Lackawanna, Central of New Jersey and Frisco (above). Also, Pennsylvania  Erie, Wabash, Rahway Valley, B&O, and much more. Steam, Electric and several early diesels.

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Frog DVD-R. Nothing extra. Plays straight through. The Milwaukee Road Hiawatha. Nice runby…in Milwaukee!

The show is narrated by Dan Chandler.  Script is good. Fine work on the dubbed trains.

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Camerawork varies by source. As does the visual quality. Majority is fine. About what an experienced Railfan would expect, from a wide ranging assortment. Good on the big screen.

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There is way too much to cover the whole show. Highlights of this fine program. New York Central, Empire Star Express. Two steam pushers on the rear. The show’s gem!

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Reading Crusader at Dunellen, New Jersey.

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Camelback is a strange looking steam engine. It hauls a fantrip out on to the Long Branch.

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Turns around, the yard in Bay Head Jct. A joint CNJ and PRR. So, Pennsylvania power is there with K4s. Compare the access the people had, in those days. More PRR is seen, in their home state.

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A 1936 fantrip over the former, Ulster and Delaware. This one required a double header with a pusher, and ran two sections!  The New York Central ten wheelers were added to the head end. Former U&D power. Depart Kingston.

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Oneonta roundhouse on D&H was destination.

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Check the size of the people against this Lackawanna locomotive.

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Steam and Electric. New York Central. Harmon, NY.

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The big surprise is at Pennsylvania’s Enola Yard. Before retarders were used, brakeman manually controlled the cars, from the hump. Dangerous work in the winter. Unbelievable by today’s safety!

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The Alton. Street running! How rare is this?

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Middletown and Union, has a face, only a mother could love. Come closer..

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Venerable, Boston and Maine Mogul type.

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Rock Island at St. Louis.

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Erie passes with it’s train.

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Indiana Railroad was a large, Electric Interurban. Ran streetcars and freight.

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Delaware and Hudson Northern type. Plenty of D&H is within.

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Springfield Terminal in it’s original incarnation. Take a trolley. Quite a difference, from later SD45s in grey paint!

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A Lackawanna Milk Train, really harkens back to an earlier era.

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A Chicago, Burlington and Quincy sits in a huge yard. Burlington Route, was a road that ran steam late, on the Colorado and Southern.

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This is a cornucopia of steam era scenes. Here, the ice bunker reefers are loaded at the Chicago Stockyards. South Shore Electric cars to the right.

There are even bonus shots. City pan views (Philadelphia), street scenes, humoungous Chicago stockyards. A well thought-out production. Packs a bunch, into a fast moving one hour program.

Also available on the, Trains around New York and New Jersey – collection.

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Closing caboose is a Wabash.

Green Frog has a must see show, for any fans of steam era Railroading. The black and white film, adds to the vintage feel. Fascinating and varied visit to the past.

Rating: 5 Stars

Steam Across America: Combo DVD

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Producer: Pentrex

Timeframe: 1950s- 60s

Locations: many

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.

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NW in 1957. Portsmouth, Ohio. Plenty of action in the state.

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196 switches at Columbus, Ohio.

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Baltimore and Ohio in 1957. Yellowstone EM- 1 type being chased.

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A B&O freight train, smokes it up.

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Street running at Grafton. The B&O added larger tenders to it’s switchers in later years.

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Pennsylvania Railroad.

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A J1 class 2-10-4 on the turntable at Columbus.

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Nickel Plate Road in 1957. Berkshire class. A Hudson class with rarely seen Elephant Ears on a freight.

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Chicago, Burlington and Quincy. 1961 in Illinois and Wisconsin. Burlington Route ran fantrips. This one was The Illini Special.

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Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range.  The Illini Special in 1961.

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Union Pacific in 1957. Grand Island, Nebraska. Elephant Ear Northern’s in freight service.

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Diminutive switchers were once ubiquitous.

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At Cheyenne, Wyoming. Class locomotive, Big Boy 4000, rolls in with smoking brakes.

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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.

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Bakersfield in 1957. More shown in 56.  A GS 4 meets a Cab Forward .

Colorado and Southern. Various scenes.

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2-10-2 predominate. Note the double tender

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C&S #641 was well suited to operate to Climax, at over 10,000 feet. Ran until 1961.

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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.

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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

 

 

 

 

Pocahontas Glory Volume 2

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Producer: J.R.Herron

Timeframe: 1950s

Locations: Roanoke, Blue Ridge

Length: 48 minutes

Sources: Ben T. Young Jr., H.R. Blackburn, C.H. Snyder, Howard Robins

Visit the Norfolk and Western’s Roanoke area. Detailed views of: Roundhouse, Yard, Passenger area, and West End. Go to Blue Ridge and more.

Narrated by Ralph E. Morse. Sound and music. No Chapter Menu. Map is on the product case.

vlcsnap-2019-08-17-12h35m52s004All color film. High quality transfer by Disney Studios.

vlcsnap-2019-08-17-11h53m34s995The roundhouse at Roanoke was 40 stalls. One of the busiest at this time. The narrative is loaded with more details, throughout the program.

vlcsnap-2019-08-17-11h54m19s100A diminutive shop switcher serves the Roundhouse.

vlcsnap-2019-08-17-12h04m14s320Powhatan Arrow by Schafer Crossings

vlcsnap-2019-08-17-11h48m55s836See Y  class power in hump Yard service.

vlcsnap-2019-08-17-12h07m38s863Schafer’s Crossing Roundhouse.

vlcsnap-2019-08-17-12h09m44s753Jawn Henry weighed over one million pounds.

vlcsnap-2019-08-17-11h51m59s415The Roanoke Yards are a huge facility.

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There is a surprising amount to see at the Yard.

vlcsnap-2019-08-17-12h26m36s208The Roanoke Depot was a modern passenger type.

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Plenty of J class locomotives are here.

vlcsnap-2019-08-17-12h22m16s289West End are the yard leads and a great location to catch more action.

vlcsnap-2019-08-17-12h29m57s104In 1957, a Convention had the Roundhouse open for touring.

vlcsnap-2019-08-17-12h33m38s341A couple of 2-8-0 were pulling the ’57 fantrip.

vlcsnap-2019-08-17-12h25m38s926 A rare sight to behold. Nose to nose Y class engines at work!

vlcsnap-2019-08-17-12h38m42s080Blue Ridge became a famous spot to film the last stand of N&W steam.

vlcsnap-2019-08-17-12h44m18s546GP9 diesels were the successor to the steam power on the line. While not nearly as strong individually, they could be lashed in multiple unit sets.

vlcsnap-2019-08-17-12h40m47s954Here is an outstanding collection of films with N&W steam. Edited like a feature film. An enjoyable visit to the past. Great for the whole family.

Rating: 5 Stars

 

Huntington Steam Combo

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Producer: Pentrex

Timeframe:1991

Locations: Huntington, Owasso, Lima, Cincinnati, Kenova, Hurricane, Thurmond, more

Length: 3 Hours

Sources: Dan Hadley, Stan McInturf, Mike Topham

Pentrex with a two for one show. Steam to Huntington. Huntington Steam Celebration. Featured locomotives are: Pete Marquette 1225, Nickel Plate 765 and Norfolk and Western 1218. The two shows combine for 3 hours of entertainment.

National Railroad Historical Society event in 1991. Main celebration at Huntington, West Virginia. The first program shall be focused on the steam engines, as they travel to the gala.

vlcsnap-2019-08-01-19h25m33s021Here are the high standards of Pentrex quality. Visuals, audio, script and editing are all razor sharp. Too much to get it all. Some highlights within…

vlcsnap-2019-08-01-21h54m24s647David Drui is rock solid, with a smooth narrative on both shows. The choice of which program. No Chapter Menu.

vlcsnap-2019-08-01-18h25m24s523Nice maps on both shows. Timely usage.

vlcsnap-2019-08-01-21h24m16s852Plenty of on screen graphics with locations and dates. A lengthy preview section follows the program.

Steam to Huntington

vlcsnap-2019-08-01-17h57m04s315Pere Marquette 1225 is the lead-off player. At Owasso, Michigan. This will be her maiden voyage outside of Michigan. A 1941 Lima built Berkshire.

vlcsnap-2019-08-01-18h24m49s711The camera crews get many angles. 

vlcsnap-2019-08-01-18h28m22s186A tribute to the Lima Works at Lima, Ohio. The two engines sound their steam whistles as they pass their birthplace!

ne31 Included this shot is purely for kicks! Steam rules!!

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vlcsnap-2019-08-01-18h49m13s516A restored Nickel Plate caboose, on this train.

vlcsnap-2019-08-01-18h53m48s425Cab ride aboard the Nickel Plate.

vlcsnap-2019-08-01-18h59m38s844Norfolk and Western 1218 departs Cincinnati, Ohio. The behemoth, articulated is a striking contrast to the Berkshire types.

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vlcsnap-2019-08-01-20h58m15s514The N&W 1218 appears seperate. Reason being the trackage didn’t connect to the CSX.

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vlcsnap-2019-08-01-21h13m07s231Oiling around is a necessary and time honored tradition of steam operation.

vlcsnap-2019-08-01-21h38m31s810The 1218 is an awesome spectacle!

vlcsnap-2019-08-01-21h32m36s334The tail car on the N&W consist.

vlcsnap-2019-08-01-22h12m45s115NKP leads the PM on the double-header move. This is at Thurmond. A town that is frozen in time.

vlcsnap-2019-08-01-18h43m25s505The 365 is highlighted with some pacing.

vlcsnap-2019-08-01-21h52m14s555The main event is side by side running of these Berkshire class locos. Memorable!

vlcsnap-2019-08-01-21h40m28s532The NKP 365 was pulling a string of empty CSX Hoppers and this Chessie System caboose.

Huntington Steam Combo. A great show, that features a trio of classic steam locomotives. Beautifully recorded in the visuals and audio. Some fitting scenic areas. Perfect for family fun. One of the top Pentrex modern steam releases.

Rating: 5 Stars

 

 

The Fifties Express

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Producer: William Brown

Timeframe: 1950s

Locations: USA, Canada

Length: 52 minutes

Source: Irving E. August

Irving August is a notable railroad Cinematographer, from the 1950s. This impressive all color collection, is a wide ranging one. Covering a variety of lines, in the United States, and Canada.

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Mr. August filmed in high quality 16mm! A mixture of music, and train sounds. No additional extras.

Rege Cordic is the familiar voice on WB Video. He does a professional job.

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At under an hour, the pace is fast. Some of the edits are abrupt. Given the limitations of the period equipment. He probably ran out of film. For the rarity, it is a wash. Rather see those trains.

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Each railroad is billboarded. The corresponding footage is then shown. The earliest date quoted is 1950.

There is even more! Here are some highlights. Figure that it was probably the best of his own feels. More or less.

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Canadian National is west of Montreal.

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Boston and Maine. Pacific power on locals.

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New Haven is chased on a fantrip.

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Baltimore and Ohio. Action packed. Plenty of trains here Steam and diesel.

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Western Maryland, is using steam and diesels. Mid-train helpers and pushers.

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Milwaukee Road Little Joe electric locomotives, in rarely seen paint.

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New York Central has several trains.

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Nickel Plate Road, shared the right of way with New York Central, in Westfield, Ohio. Number 748 is one of the Berkshire class.

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Norfolk and Western, is one of the longest chapters. Although, there are no designated chapters, on a menu. Focus on the behemoth Y-6 class. The 600 series passenger locomotives are seen.

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An unusual scene. N&W work train in a backup move.

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Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range. Another extensive visit. Yellowstone’s, for certain.

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Canadian Pacific receives lengthy attention around scenic Kicking Horse Pass. Including some footage from a passenger car.

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Northern Pacific steam is hard to find. Irving has some here.

vlcsnap-2019-05-31-17h54m35s448A large coaling tower gives the feel of keeping large steam in service. Northern Pacific.

vlcsnap-2019-05-31-17h18m24s280Similar scene on Central Vermont.

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Caboose on Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range. The majority of cabooses were shades of red. These are standouts!

The Fifties Express

An Express tour seeing over a dozen railroads in the fabulous 1950’s. A fine presentation. Suitable for family viewing.

Rating: 5 Stars