Relive the glory years of steam on the Union Pacific with all new footage in this Volume Two of Union Pacific Steam Classics. There is a wealth of variety of material in this second video. Quality varies, but you can’t go back and shoot it now! We begin with late 1950s coverage of 800 series 4-8-4’s on the line from Council Bluffs to North Platte. You’ll see mostly freight operations with a few passenger shots. At Grand Island we step back to 1938 to see engine 815 doing a special test train. These early scenes are in Black and White, while everything else is in color. Next we visit Denver and the line to Cheyenne including a chase of 4-8-2 #7012 on a train to Cheyenne. At Cheyenne we see a variety of power moving around and departing the yard. There is a neat shot of a rare doubleheader with 2 Big Boys(4-8-8-4’s) headed for Sherman Hill.
There are other Big Boy and Challenger shots, as well as other shots. One rare shot has a Big Boy helper on the front of a streamliner exiting Hermosa tunnel. In this segment we also see riding footage of a Westbound streamliner which passes 2 freights powered by Big Boys. Next we move to Laramie for a selection of scenes, by various photographers, including a nice overhead view of an 800 series arriving and being serviced at the water spout. After this we see action on the Coalmont Branch, which heads southwest out of Laramie. We see a 1956 trip with engine 535 (a 2-8-0), in 8mm, then later a 1957 excursion with the same engine. This line is completely gone now, making this is very historic. No trains sounds as this was all silent film. Music has been added.