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Rio Grande Vintage Steam DVD
This is a quality show with 16mm original films expertly transfered to video for your viewing pleasure. There is a wealth of material here with both riding and trackside views between 1954 and the early 1970's.
First we see 1954 servicing and turning of engines in Durango, plus see a freight with 492 on the line to Farmington. In 1956 we return to Durango, and ride the train to Silverton, followed by some trackside views, and more scenes around Durango of servicing. In 1958 we are in Alamosa and see servicing near the roundhouse before chasing a doubleheader south toward Antonito. Then we board the Rocky Mountain Railroad Club trip of 1958 with engine 476 headed for Durango. Lots of scenes from the train, plus some runbys, and a freight departing Chama with a mid-train helper. At Durango we have more engine scenes, including 493 being prepared to take the train to Farmington, since a flood on the Silverton line prevented the use of it on that day.
After this we chase an Illini RR Club trip with engine 476 before arriving in Chama. We then see a two engine freight from Chama to Cumbres with engines 480 and 491, with some very nice scenes late in the afternoon.
In 1963 we visit Durango once again, and see some interesting switching moves with yard engine 473, which has been freshly shopped. K-27 464 is seen being moved with the help of a bulldozer and then 473, as it is parked by the car repair shop where it rested until being sold many years later. We then see more switching in the yard, plus a speeder being unloaded from a pick-up, and some 473 shots near the depot switching freight cars, making up a freight for 497.
We then see 497 back onto the train, and chase it eastward toward Chama. There are several good scenes of this train including the climb on Bocea Hill, and switching cars at Ignacio. A couple more scenes before the final shot near Arboles.
There is also a little bit of footage of the Silverton Train from Durango, which we believe to be the early 1970's.
- Run Time 1 Hour 38 Minutes
- Color, Music, Narration, Maps
- Screen Format: Full Screen (4:3)
- Region code 0; Worldwide NTSC
- Produced by Greg Scholl 2017