We're pleased to present a DVD featuring two classic steam locomotives operated today by a couple of outstanding volunteer organizations. Western Maryland 734 and Soo Line 2719 are among the small number of steam locomotives that escaped the scrapper’s torch, nor did they decay from rust. Luckily, they were saved, lovingly restored, and are still with us today.
WM 734 is a 2-8-0, built by Baldwin in 1916 for the Lake Superior & Ishpeming Railroad in Marquette, MI. In 1991 it went to the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, where it was restored to operate on the line between Cumberland and Frostburg, MD. Our program, from videographer Jonathan Eau Claire, brings alive the stunning autumn colors, steam, smoke, and pounding soundtrack during a Carl Franz photo charter.
Soo Line 2719 is a 4-6-2 built in 1923 by ALCO. It retired in 1959 after performing in freight and passenger service for the Soo Line. Today, 2719 operates a limited number of trips each year on the North Shore Scenic Railroad between Duluth and Two Harbors, MN. With its first 15-year operating certificate due to expire in 2013, we spent three days with the high-stepping Pacific during the 2012 season to capture memorable scenes of the locomotive pulling trains, and moving in the yards at both ends of the trips.
Steam Stars - Western Maryland 734 & Soo Line 2719 is 87 minutes long, organized by chapters, with narration limited to short chapter introductions. As always, our footage is captured with multiple tripod-mounted HD cameras.
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