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these, along with other programs, and re-re- leased them in DVD format. The original programs were entrancing, and it’s very good to see this material back on the mar- ket. The visual content and camera tech- nique are very good to excellent – sharp, well-exposed footage in scenic locations, usually in good sun or low light, with an ex- cellent camera panning style. Many train consists and some of their surroundings are seen. Passenger trains were caught leaving stations or at high speed. The film transfers are very good, and the Last Look is the best of the three. Original program soundtracks survive – low-fi music along with extensive and highly informative narration. Narration on the Ontario program includes the recol- lections of both Canadian Pacific and Cana- dian National engine crews who ran the lo- comotives, trains and lines shown. Steam Memories of


Ontario consists of two main segments: CN power in escalat- ing size classified by wheel arrangement, followed by CP power similarly treated. The number of runbys is almost uncountable this show is pure ac- tion with no filler. CN coverage includes a


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few 4-6-0s and 2-8-0s, various classes of 4-6-2s and 2-8-2s, then lots of 4-6-4s, 4-8-2s and 4-8-4s. Favorite locations include Bayview Junction (near Hamilton) and various branches and main line locations around the Toronto-Hamilton-Guelph area (specific lo-


cations are not given, as the narration con- centrates on firing and running steam in the day, including issues with smoke inspectors, mishaps, train assignments, and so on). The imagery is includes some doubleheaders and shots in the snow. The gleaming, green boil- ers of some Mountains and Northerns are great to see. CP footage follows the same pattern, starting with some great shots of a rare 4-4-4 Jubilee class. Unique footage here includes doubleheaded Pacifics, a great S curve on a grade that is visited many times (lots of smoke and different doubleheaders), various liveries on the Pacifics as they pull both passenger and freight trains, lots of Mikado action at Bayview, and, of course, various runbys of the Royal Hudsons in clas- sic maroon and gray paint running both so- lo and doubleheaded with Pacifics. Manitoba Steam in


the 50’s was shot mostly west of Win- nipeg in 1958 at and around St. James tower in the CN por- tion of the program where we watch a wide variety of freight and passenger trains powered by Pacifics, Mikados, and a few Ten Wheel-


ers and 4-8-2s. At Pacific Junction, two Mikados on freight and a 2-10-2 built in 1920 are shown. At the Dauphin round- house is No. 6000, a quite old 4-8-2 and an- other old 2-10-2. The CP segment includes some smaller classes but mostly Mikados, several classes of Pacifics, and a few Royal


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