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Steam still thunders down the tracks on railroads across North America.
A new generation of railfan photographers, equipped with digital video cameras, is riding and chasing the trains, capturing them in all their splendour with fantastic images.
Pentrex has edited the best of the best to bring you a very special DVD experience.
Three hours of nonstop steam action delivers ten different steam engines, including the sought-after final run of Frisco 1522, side-by-side running of Ohio Central's 6325 and 1293, and SP&S 700 in Montana!
You can enjoy the exciting sights and sounds of:
Canadian Pacific 2816 (23 Minutes)
CP 2816, a 4-6-4, was built by Montreal Locomotive Works in 1930, retired in 1960, and sold to Steamtown in 1964.
Canadian Pacific reacquired the locomotive in 1998 and restored it to service in 2001.
We cover two of its trips through the spectacular Canadian Rockies.
First, in May of 2002, we follow the Hudson pulling a short passenger train from Yale, British Columbia to Banff, Alberta.
Some of the highlights are the Thompson River Canyon, Notch Hill, Glacier, Field, and Kicking Horse Pass.
On parts of the journey the 2816 works unassisted, while on the steepest portion GP38-2 diesel 3084, painted in classic CP maroon and gray livery, is added on the point.
Then in June of the same year we enjoy a mixed freight and passenger train on the Crowsnest Pass route with 2816 on the point followed by two tenders and the 3084.
Milwaukee Road 261 (8 Minutes)
Join us as we chase the mighty Milwaukee Road 261 from Minneapolis to Duluth and return during May of 2002.
Pulling a 16-car passenger special unassisted, the shiny black 4-8-4 looks great and sounds great roaring through the north woods of Minnesota.
Mt. Rainier Scenic 2-6-2T #7, Heisler #2, and 2-8-2T #17 (8 Minutes)
Three engines are steamed up for a railfan event in June of 2001. We visit the south end of this ex-Milwaukee Road branch between Elbe and Mineral, Washington.
Both freight and passenger trains are featured traversing this ultra-scenic territory.
Ohio Central 6325 and 1293 (48 Minutes)
We visit the Ohio Central twice in 2002. On our first visit in June, former Grand Trunk Western 4-8-4 6325 pulls a passenger special from Dennison, Ohio to Morgan Run, then a pair of F-units hauls the train north to Sugar Creek.
Later in the day ex-Canadian Pacific 4-6-2 1293 teams up with the 6325 on a doubleheader back to Morgan Run. The day ends with a diesel-powered run to Dennison.
We spend two days in October at the Ohio Central's Fall Photo Festival. FP-9s 6307 and 6313 make their debut in colors reminiscent of the Pennsylvania Railroad.
The first day is filled with photography of a diesel passenger train and a steam freight train pulled by the 6325.
On the second day we move to the double track mainline west of Coshocton for spectacular side-by-side runbys with the 6325 and 1293 pulling freight and passenger consists.
The day ends with the 6325 hauling a 54-car coal train.
This was the last major steam event on the Ohio Central before the railroad announced that it would discontinue all steam operations in May of 2003.
It could be your last chance to witness these magnificent locomotives in operation!
SP 4449 on Stampede Pass (16 Minutes)
Still wearing its black paint scheme from the previous year's BNSF special, the 4449 handles a 2-day passenger excursion in May of 2001.
The train heads east from Portland along the north shore of the Columbia River to Kennewick, Washington, then northwest to an overnight stop in Yakima.
The second day features the climb over Stampede Pass and a fast run down the double-track mainline from Auburn to Portland.
Spokane, Portland & Seattle 700 in Montana (18 Minutes)
A fall foliage excursion in October of 2002 provides the opportunity for SP&S 700 to stretch its legs on the route of Montana Rail Link.
The fall colors are at their peak, adding to the scenic beauty of the Big Sky state.
On the 3-day eastward journey we follow the train along the banks of the Clark Fork River and on the climbs over Mullan and Bozeman Passes.
Later we view the train leaving Billings on its 3-day return trip, running alongside the Yellowstone River, and climbing Mullan Pass once again.
Frisco 1522 (60 Minutes)
Relive the last runs of this popular 4-8-2.
In 2001 we follow the 1522 as it powers a BNSF Employee Appreciation Special through Missouri and Oklahoma.
Then in September of 2002 the steamer bids farewell as it makes its final runs from St. Louis to Newburg, Missouri and return.
We're trackside to document the grand finale of an outstanding excursion locomotive's career.
DVD Special Features:
Produced by - Pentrex
Running time - 180 Minutes
In Colour with Appropriate Sound and Narration
Full-screen (4x3) Format