Henry Hank Griffiths Jr. was one of the most prominent railroad cinematographers of the steam era. Traveling throughout Idaho, Montana, Washington, Utah, and other northwest states, he captured images of steam at work in locations other photographers seldom visited. Now you can see these vintage steam engines on DVD. In 1992, Video Rails compiled a fascinating collection of Hank Griffiths’ films, which they released on VHS as Classic Collectors Series Volumes 7 and 8. These two fascinating shows are now available from Pentrex on one DVD.
Hank Griffiths covered a wide swath to capture steam locomotives and the occasional early diesel seen here at work on the Union Pacific, Southern Pacific, Northern Pacific, Milwaukee Road, Denver & Rio Grande Western, Colorado & Southern, and the Sierra Railroad. You’ll also see the Oregon & Northwestern Lumber Company and other northwest logging railroads.
The famous locomotives featured in this show include Union Pacific Big Boys and Challengers; Southern Pacific Cab Forwards and Daylights, Milwaukee Road electrics; and Northern Pacific Challengers. There’s more: Highlights showcase the Rio Grande Zephyr, the UP 8444, a UP rotary snow plow, the last run of the Portland Rose over the Blue Mountains, and scenes shot at Promontory, Utah in 1969. This DVD is packed with an amazing display of American railroading history as seen through the lens of an expert craftsman. Every minute is a treat!