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Steam on Horseshoe Curve - PRR Steam From the 1930s to the '50s DVD
Here is mightiest steam in the Pennsy stable -- in fact on any railroad roster. Rare B&W footage from the 1930s and ‘40s shows K-4s, M-1s (Mountains), Js (2-10-4 Texans), the famed I Class Decapod (600 2-10-0s, the largest fleet in the world), even E-6 Atlantics, heavyweight Pullmans and brass rail observation cars climbing the curve. Sync sound scenes include the famous ‘banshee whistle’. See many high-speed run pasts rounding the curve from trackside plus views from on board and in the cab.
The Pennsylvania Railroad often required the additional power of a second engine to ascend the 1.8% eleven mile incline that includes Horseshoe Curve. In color footage from the 1940s and ‘50s more than 20 shots of doubled and some tripled engines tackle this famous grade including T-1 4-4-4-4s and Q-2 4-4-6-4s. Some engine pairs work as pushers and we even see a couple of steam and diesel combos marking the end of the era of steam! The DVD closes with the arrival of the diesels: a Baldwin Centipede, E-7s and E-8s and, finally, the lo-nose hoods.
- Run Time 50 Minutes
- Screen Format: Full Screen (4:3)
- Region code 1; US & Canada NTSC
- Produced by Sunday River Productions 2010