Two shows on one DVD: Great Steam Trains Volume 1 and Great Steam Trains Volume 2. We see four locomotive segments in each program, and a wealth of steam variety.
In Volume One we start with a visit to New England and 0-6-0 # 7470 at the Conway Scenic Railroad during fall colors. This railroad features a historic depot, roundhouse, and pleasant countryside. Next we head to Frankfort, Indiana and see two round trips with Nickel Plate Road 2-8-2 # 587 from Frankfort to Muncie, Indiana. We then visit the cab of Norfolk and Western 2-6-6-4 # 1218 and get a tour of the interior from the engineer and fireman who explain the controls in the cab between excursion runs. Our last segment in Volume One is Norfolk and Western 4-8-4 # 611 on a trip from Cincinnati to Portsmouth in 1990. The engine stalls on Peebles hill and has to have the rails sanded by hand to inch its way to the summit, an incredibly rare sight on mainline rails.
Volume Two takes us to New Brunswick, Canada and the Salem & Hillsborough Railroad. First we see ex CN 4-6-0 # 1009 on several trips, both passenger and special freight trains arranged for our cameras. Then we enjoy rare scenes of ancient 4-4-0 # 29 in action on passenger trains. This video, shot in 1989, was the very last steam action for 29 as it later burned in a 1995 shop fire and is now on display in front of the CPR headquarters in Calgary. The next segment is a baseball special from St. Albans, WV to Cincinnati, Ohio with Nickel Plate 2-8-4 # 765 with some nice mainline running and a neat arrival view from atop Cincinnati Union Terminal. The last segment is a winter Santa Claus train with Kentucky Central 2-6-2 # 11 from Paris to Maysville, Kentucky in 1990. Nice sunshine and a Christmas wreath adorn the front of #11 while Santa waves to all from the rear platform of this festive steam special.
This is great steam action that can never be repeated as most of these do not run today. Menu feature allows segments to be selected. Live steam audio with minimal narration.