Steam to Chicago – The 1993 NRHS Convention

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Excursion trains of the 1993 NRHS Convention in Chicago! Steamers include NKP 587 and 765, UP 3985, N&W 611 and Southern 4501.

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Pentrex presents exciting steam railroading as five of the nation’s most prominent and historic locomotives pull their excursion trains to the 1993 NRHS Convention in Chicago. The inbound Independence Limited, from Knoxville, Tennessee, is powered by four different steam engines on its four-day journey. Ex-Southern locomotive 4501 pulls the Special on day one from Knoxville to Richlands, Virginia. Then the famous Norfolk & Western streamlined class “J” 611 takes over for days two and three on its way to Portsmouth, Ohio, and into Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The last leg of the trip is led by ex-Nickel Plate engines 587 & 765 doubleheading over the former Nickel Plate Railroad mainline from Fort Wayne to Calumet Yard, south of Chicago. The weather is clear and sunny as we watch the locomotives working hard, putting on a perfect show. Meanwhile, the mighty Union Pacific Challenger 3985, on its way to Chicago, is re-routed through Nebraska and Kansas by severe Midwestern floods. The train’s progress through Missouri is endangered several times when rising floodwaters almost reach track level.

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8 reviews for Steam to Chicago – The 1993 NRHS Convention

  1. mr.dj2011

    This is a great documentary to have, a lot of main line action.

  2. Zac

    Great job to Pentrex for staying on the ball for being able to follow both trains even with all of the challenges that mother nature threw at them. A great video for the steam fan.

  3. andyweise

    I wish there were more videos from the early 90s. I love seeing the interesting footage. Not being a steam fan, but there was some freight train footage that is mixed in. This and steam to Atlanta are great videos by pentrex.

  4. andyweise

    I wish there were more videos from the early 90s. This video was shot in my back yard, and I love seeing the interesting footage. Not being a steam fan, I really like the freight train footage that is mixed in

  5. NorthAmericanSteelVeins

    Pentrex did an excellent job with this. I’m glad they went out to document as many of these steam specials in the 90s. There may never be another era like that ever again. This DVD is another must-have for anyone who loves the action of mainline steam excursions.

  6. Ron Harber

    5 big steam engines put on a fine show including a fantastic doubleheader on the NKP main as they intend to Chicago for the convention. U.P. Challenger 3985 was more challenging than NS steam locomotives did due to Mother Nature and flooding cancelled most of the routes for a while

  7. rrvideoman, Delisle Saskatchewan

    Pentrex did good putting this video together. 1993 was a bad year for USA flooding and rail travel was difficult. Having to follow detoured trains became a challenge, and Pentrex met the task. While not a huge steam excursion fan, I did find the video quite interesting and would recommend it to the steam fans.

  8. Adam Bass

    This DVD has alot to offer a must have for a steam fan it shows the journey of the steam engines to the convention in Chicago

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