Ultimate Steam (DVD)




Ultimate Steam (DVD)

Presented in widescreen, for the first time, this MUST SEE program is a spectacular compilation of scenes filmed during the final decade of steam locomotive operation on the Queensland Railways.

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The original films have been digitally scanned using a frame by frame method, producing a superior quality reproduction. Each frame has been captured to its outermost edges to present the films in widescreen (16:9) for the first time!

Narration by respected author John Knowles, and specially composed background music have been added.


*Digital frame by frame widescreen capture of the original films (33% more image)

*Additional Scene:
BB18 & ¼ recovery after 2nd crash at Yeerongpilly, 1964 

*Additional Scene:

Steam operations in and around Rockhampton, c1965

* DVD previews

* Quick Scene Access

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Ten different classes of locomotive can be seen working a variety of trains on main, suburban and branch lines. 

Highlights among the many nostalgic scenes are: 

* Trains passing along Denison Street, Rockhampton
* Pacing and riding a Beyer-Garratt hauling a goods train south from Bajool
* Riding a mixed train on the Mungar to Monto branch
* Action at Mayne and from Central to the Western Suburbs
* Wooloongabba locomotive depot and the famous level crossings with the flag and bell man
* Passenger and goods trains on the Lota branch
* “Pompey” shunting at Ipswich workshops
* Coal trains on the Rosewood to Birru branch
* Mail trains south of Warwick (one powered by a BB18¼ 1072, now on the Zig Zag Railway)

As well as enjoying the steam action, the viewer will want to replay it to see the things that have disappeared, like semaphore signals, wooden rolling stock, and now closed lines.



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