Across the Top, Steam in the High Rockies

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Here in a single program are the only known records of steam engines in motion across the highest railroad passes in the United States. (Ships to USA & Canada only.)

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Here in a single DVD are the only known records of steam engines in motion across the highest railroad passes. Filmed in the Colorado Rockies over several decades, starting with rare footage from the 1930s, this DVD is a feast for both narrow and standard gauge fans. From the 1930s we get to watch the ore trains descend from the Blackhawk Mine on the Colorado Central to Clear Creek. The South Park Line is shown with quadruple headers battling upgrade through South Platte Canyon. We also see the last passenger train from Leadville to Denver.

From the 1940s: Ride the “San Juan” from Toltec to Durango; watch both freights and mixed trains on the Silverton. Ride over Marshall Pass and down the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Scenes of the “Shavano”, the Transcontinental Express of the thirties, at Gunnison and the Colorado Museum’s #346 as it really used to be. Finally, climb aboard and pull the throttle on the climb from Leadville to Climax. This DVD includes early 1400 class Mallets double-heading and the monster 3400 series, the last steam built for D&RG.

Narration. Sunday River Productions programs may feature Color film, B&W film, Music, Dubbed Sound and still photos.

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  1. 5 out of 5 Awesome!

    This DVD is awesome with tons of must see footage for anyone who loves Colorado railroading. Great rare scene of the D&RGW C-19’s leased to the C&S climbing up Boreas Pass including 346 which survives today. Easily a favorite!

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