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To lovers of steam railroading, the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad ranks as one of the classic railway rides, offering spectacular scenary and vintage 3 foot gauge steam in the Colorado and New Mexico mountains.
This video concentrates on the strenuous 4 percent (1 in 25) climb from Chama New Mexico to the 10,015 foot Cumbres Pass, and onwards into the Los Pinos Valley. All the best photo locations are detailed. It provides a comprehensive guide to the most easily accessible parts of the line.
All three 2-8-2 locomotives types used in recent years are featured, the K-27 #463, K-36's #484, 487, 488 and 489 and K-37 #497. Scenes in Chama Yard are followed by full-throttle action, both single and double-headed, with maps and narration. The film has scenes from 1997, 2000 and 2003 and has a brief historical introduction to the line and gradient profile together with several on-train scenes throughout the climb from Chama to Cumbres Pass with 463 double-heading 489.
Filmed in digital video/stereo sound with some digitally remastered Hi8 scenes. The DVD version includes a photo location/chapter list and the option to view the video with or without narration.
Chapter / location list:
Chama Yard - Milepost 344.1 (463 and 489 plus brief side view of 463 shot at Cumbres Pass in 2000, the lonesome 487 in 2003, and 497 in 1997)
First Highway Crossing - MP 343.3 (side view of 463+487 in 2000)
Nearing the Narrows - MP 342.4 (487 in 2003)
Lobato - MP 340.5 (463+487 in 2000, 487 in 2003 and 487+488 in 1997)
Lobo Lodge - MP 339.2 (487+488 in 1997, 463+487 in 2000 and 487 in 2003)
Second Highway Crossing - MP 337.5 (487+488 in 1997 and 463+487 in 2000)
Cresco - MP 335.1 (487 in 2003)
Third Highway Crossing - MP 332.7 (487+488 in 1997 and 463+487 in 2000)
Windy Point - MP 331.1 (487+488 in 1997 and 463+487 in 2000)
Windy Point - MP 330.9 (487 in 2003)
Cumbres Pass - MP 330.6 (487+488 in 1997, 463+487 in 2000)
Tanglefoot Curve - MP 329.9 (on train with 489 iin 2000)
MP 328.7 (488 in 1997)
MP 326.1 (487 in 2003)
Los Pinos MP 325.4 (on train with 489 in 2000 and 487 in 2000 and 2003, 497 in 1997, and brief shot of 484 in a hailstorm in 1997)
Tangefoot Curve MP 328.8 (489 in 2000)
Total running time approximately 1 hour 2 minutes. Filmed in digital video, stereo sound, except for the 1997 clips which are digitally remastered Hi8 video. Informative maps and narration included.
The DVD (only) also contains an eight minute 'Railway Sampler' bonus which features both UK and US scenes including British 7.25" gauge steam, BR Rebuilt Bulleid 4-6-2 on a recent excursion, BR USA-built 0-6-0 tank at Guildford (Surrey) depot in 1965, engineer's view of the Eurostar entering the Channel Tunnel, cab scenes on the Royal Gorge, Milwaukee #261 @ Lincoln NE, and the Durango & Silverton at Rockwood CO.
"DVD arrived safely, thank you! Marvelously rapid shipping. We enjoyed it a lot (my 18 year old son and I) ... enjoyable to watch as you progress along the line. I also got a big kick out of the use of the map and the little rectangle that opens to the various scenes. That was a really nice new arrangement I've not seen before ... "
(Quote from 'John', Omaha Nebraska)
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