Producer: Steve Bransfield
Timeframe: 1940s- 1963
Locations: Chicago, Galesburg, Denver, San Francisco, and more..
Length: 50 minutes
Sources: Blackhawk collection
Burlington Route is the main railroad in this show. Chicago, Burlington & Quincy, had the connections that are featured. This leads into offshoot tangent storylines.
Therefore, Q Connections. The California Zephyr is a major part of this premise. Serving from Chicago to San Francisco, CA. This train involves multiple lines, as it traverses across the Western United States.
Program contains mostly color. Additional black and white films. No chapter menus.
Ted Dalaku is the clear voiced narrator. Familiar on A&R Productions. Full narration. Script is well written. To the point and descriptive.
Audio is dubbed with train sounds. Narration level is dominant. Actually, sounds unbalanced. The way a commercial plays too loud versus a program.
The images do vary by the source film. Good overall. Not by modern standards. Fine for older train videos. Editing is good. Everything is watchable. Nothing weird.
There are some maps. Older release. They are fine. Some interesting pan shots, of the old cities throughout.
Galesburg, Illinois had a major yard for Burlington Route. A pair of E7 locomotives lead different Zephyrs.
Burlington Route has the California Zephyr.
The CZ will origin at Chicago Union Station. There are multiple shows about the CZ. While a decent production. Quality on this one is not the best of the more modern CZ shows. Does have the vintage factor in it’s favor.
Denver and Rio Grande Western. Rio Grande, has spectacular scenery. DRGW locomotives were used to power the Zephyr over this portion of the journey.
Colorful, Western Pacific EMD F3 sets lead the Zephyr on the final leg of it’s journey. California has it’s own, Feather River Canyon. This alone, is a scenic as anything else on the trip.
Burlington Route steam fan trip in 1963. This big Northern type is from Denver.
Western Pacific Fast Freight. As an attached seperate film. A WP freight move in the 50s. Oakland to Salt Lake City, Utah. Number 62 travels the line. Cab ride and airplane shots.
The intricacies of moving this train are studied. A time capsule. An old black and white film. Apparently, a vintage Blackhawk release. Well done piece.
Additional vintage film. This one IS rare! An Iowa shortline that connected to the Q. The Manchester and Oneida. An old former, CB&Q 4-4-0 served the 8 mile long track.
A&R Productions has this assortment, released under the CB&Q flag. A collection of varying interest. Depends on your own interests.
“Q” Connections is a mixed bag.
Everywhere West and then some…
Rating: 3 Stars