The thrill of nonstop steam action awaits you in this second volume of Extreme Steam! Pentrex transports you to ten railroads where 12 different steam locomotives put on dynamic performances, filling the screen with plenty of smoke, steam, and whistles. In this exciting show you'll see:
Union Pacific Challenger 3985 (19 Minutes) We cover two different excursions in July of 2003. The first is a railfan charter from Cheyenne to Laramie. We ride on board and join the photo line at several locations. Then a week later we chase the annual Frontier Days Special from Denver to Cheyenne and return. The sleek yellow domeliners are a sight to behold!
Pere Marquette 1225 (11 Minutes) This handsome 2-8-4 is the largest operating steam locomotive in the state of Michigan. In August of 2003 it powered a 2-day excursion on the Tuscola & Saginaw Bay Railway from Owosso to Cadillac and return. While in Cadillac, two round trips to Yuma were made for local passengers. We cover all segments of this run over former Ann Arbor Railroad trackage.
Nevada Northern 93 (26 Minutes) Nevada Northern Railway held its first annual Winter Photo Freight Weekend in December of 2003. Engine 93 is a 2-8-0 which has spent its entire life on the Nevada Northern. We catch it pulling several different freight consists on the branch between Ely and Keystone, and hauling passengers on the railroad's Polar Express. A snowstorm adds to the winter excitement!
East Broad Top 14 (15 Minutes) We attend a Fall Event on the East Broad Top Railroad in Pennsylvania, in October of 2003. This tourist line is the oldest operating narrow-gauge railroad in the U.S. Mikado 14, built by Baldwin in 1912, provides the power on a photo special composed of vintage freight equipment.
Milwaukee Road 261 (14 Minutes) Also in October of 2003, Amtrak operated two excursions from Minneapolis/St. Paul to La Crescent, Minnesota and return. Former Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 261 led the trains, assisted by two Amtrak diesels. The highly scenic route, former Milwaukee Road trackage, follows the west bank of the Mississippi River for most of the way. The steam-powered streamliner speeding along the river is an inspiring sight!
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic 487 (19 Minutes) Engine 487 and several freight cars, relettered Rio Grande for a special photographers' run, tackle the route from Chama to Antonito and return in the fall of 2003. Steam in the Rockies Rio Grande style!
Grand Trunk Western 6325 and Canadian Pacific 1293 (13 Minutes) Ohio Central Railroad held a fall photo event in October of 2003. Engine 6325, a 4-8-4, was repainted into its original Grand Trunk Western livery and performed in both freight and passenger service. We catch side-by-side runbys with the CP 1293 and 6325 on double track, and both engines doubleheading on a passenger train!
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge 473 (11 Minutes) A chartered photo freight in the fall of 2003 features the unusual sight of engine 473 repainted into the gold "bumblebee" scheme. Both the engine and freight cars are lettered "Denver & Rio Grande Western." Numerous runbys are made on the high line and in the spectacular Animas River Canyon.
Canadian National 89 and Strasburg Railroad 90 (13 Minutes) A photographers' special on the Strasburg Railroad features Canadian National 89, a 2-6-0, pulling a collection of vintage freight cars. We also see Strasburg 90, a 2-10-0 originally built for the Great Western Railway in Colorado, handling the regular passenger train. The two engines perform side-by-side, to everyone's delight!
McCloud Railway 18 (15 Minutes) We visit Northern California in October of 2004. Engine 18 provides the power on a passenger special to Burney and makes a photo run on the Lake Britton bridge. Then we return in January of 2005 for a midwinter snowplow run powered by the 18. Bucking deep drifts, the 18 propels a wedge plow and sends the snow flying in every direction!
DVD Special Features:
Bonus Footage: Enjoy a ride in the cab of engine 93 on the Nevada Northern Railway and scenes of the Georgetown Loop Railroad's engine 40 during its last year of service. (8 minutes)
Two stereo soundtracks, one with the natural train sounds, the other with narration added. The viewer can switch the narration on or off at any time.
Chapter Menu provides instant access to program segments.
2 Hours 36 Minutes (plus 8 minutes bonus footage) In Color with Stereo Sound and Narration Full-screen (4x3) Format No region code; can be played in any NTSC DVD player worldwide Packaged in Sturdy Vinyl Clamshell Case ISBN: 1-56342-184-4 UPC: 7-48268-00467-4