Featuring 16mm film by Donald J. Krofta
Mr. Krofta made a series of trips to NYC's Indiana Division in 1956-57
to film the last steam operations on the New York Central. Locations
include Lafayette, Indiana to Kankakee, Illinois and Cincinnati westward
out of the Ohio River valley plus locations in the Cincinnati area.
Passenger trains had been dieselized prior to his visits so the action
is all on steam powered freights.
Beginning in the Lafayette area, L2 class 4-8-2's were providing most of
the action with some trains boosted out of Lafayette be H class
Mikados. There are chases of several freights including some excellent
pacing sequences. Don used a mix of B&W and color film and captured
some spectacular scenes of steam at it's best. You'll see coal trains
and mixed freights, all steam powered in this footage.
Turning to the Cincinnat area, L3 and L4 class 4-8-2's were handling
most assignments with some L-2 class engines and some Mikados as well.
The standard practice was to doublehead trains from either Riverside
Yard or Valley Junction over the double tracked grade to Sunman,
Indiana, where the helpers were cut off. Don captured several trains
making these moves plus yard scenes in Cincinnati with 0-6-0's and
0-8-0's working out their last days.
There are a few surprises, too such as an N&W mallet at Ivorydale
and some NKP Berkshires at Payne, Indiana as he headed home after one
trip to Lafayette.
The scene changes back to Lafayette to finish the program with added
sequences of L-2's and Mikados on Lafayette Hill plus more chasing. We
have followed the chronology of Don's trips in this program so you will
see the footage in its actual sequence of events. Don't miss this one as
it's really spectacular! Some prevues of Volume 2 are included at the
end of the program.
Much of the audio in this program is actual sound of the scenes in the
show, recorded on the scene by Jim Hawk, who accompanied Don Krofta on
many of his trips.Herron #041
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