From the 1920s to the 1950s, travel in America was dominated by now-legendary steam locomotives. Such classics as the Southern Pacific 4449 or Santa Fe’s Super Chief captivated the American spirit for luxurious travel and adventure, thundering down the rails, billowing great clouds of steam and smoke. See these classics of yesteryear, lovingly restored, and go inside the engines to witness them at work. It all takes you back to another era–when steam ruled the rails.
DVD 1: Extreme Steam – Immortal steam classics live again, thundering down the rails, billowing great plumes of steam and smoke. Nine engines are featured including a side-by-side running of Ohio Central’s 6325 and 1293.Extra Features: Milwaukee Road 261 in excursion service; Mt. Rainier Scenic 2-6-2T #7, Heisler #2, and 2-8-2T #17.DVD 2: Classic North American Steam – Thrill to the sound of the finest steam locomotives still operating today, including the mammoth Norfolk & Western 1218 and the Cotton Belt 819.Extra Features: Last runs of the Frisco 1522 – Missouri & Oklahoma; St. Louis.DVD 3: Santa Fe 3751-Route of the Chiefs – Santa Fe’s mighty steam locomotive 3751 returns to the rails, making a classic run from Los Angeles to Chicago and back. Each segment of the eighteen-day journey is depicted.Extra Features: Union Pacific 3985 – Background; Across Wyoming; Across Nebraska.DVD 4: Steam ’98 – It was unforgettable year for steam locomotives. Classic engines are featured on multiple excursions, including a steam tripleheader!Extra Features: Milwaukee Road 261, on the BNSF main-line from Chicago to Galesburg; Milwaukee Road 261 & Algoma Central F-units, on the Wisconsin Central out of Green Bay.DVD 5: Union Pacific’s Clinchfield Challenge – The Union Pacific Challenger 3985 takes to the rails as the “Clinchfield 676” for the 50th running of the Santa Claus Special, bringing gifts and candy to children in mining towns in Kentucky and Tennessee.Extra Feature: Steam train photo gallery.DVD 6: Workin’ on the Santa Fe – From the Santa Fe archives come six safety training and promotion films made in the 1950s and the 1970s, offering a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at classic equipment and daily operations.Extra Features: Southern Pacific Daylight 4449 – To the New Orleans World’s Fair 1984; Washington to Hollywood; With the UP 8444, side-by-side run.