Midwest Steam 2009, Parts 1 and 2

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These nicely-done DVDs, each lasting approximately 100 minutes, cover the newly-restored Nickel Plate Road #765 at the Hoosier Valley Railroad in North Judson, Indiana; the Little River Road at Coldwater, Michigan; chasing the Southern Pacific #4449 in North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan; the Huckleberry Railroad in Flint, Michigan; and the 2009 train festival in Owasso, Michigan, as well as the SP’s all-day excursion from that festival.

Part I of the DVD covers more of the eight operating locomotives at the Owosso festival, as well as the movements by the SP’s #4449 to and from the festival, and the NRHS 2009 convention using Soo Line’s #2729.

With excellent narration, plenty of helpful subheads on the screen and excellent photography, we’re offered a great variety of action run-bys, closeup shots and switching movements of a wide range of steam power that should keep you glued to the couch for a long time.

From the Little River’s #110, to the heavy duty NKP #765, to tank engines, to the Huckleberry’s #464 2-8-2, and the beautifully streamlined and powerful SP #4449, the viewer will be more than pleased with this fast-paced series of train action.

These DVDs are well planned, organized and narrated.