MILWAUKEE ROAD COAST DIVISION 1976 to 1978 (Super 8mm Film Photography -- from John Crosby)
Take a Cab-Ride with Milwaukee Trainman John Crosby on Number 200, Engine 189 an SD-40, on the MILWAUKEE ROAD COAST DIVISION. Othello, 208 miles from Tacoma Washington is our goal.
Number 200 is the hottest train on the railroad, timed freight tends to be carried in truck trailers and ocean containers on so called piggyback cars hauled by pig trains. 200 is a pig train, most of its freight comes out of the Port of Seattle, number 200 also tends to carry the import autos from the Port of Portland.
The Coast division was renamed Washington division in 1976, most of this Super 8mm footage is from 1978, the remainder in 1976.
See where a million dollar reefer load of uninsured Bellingham originated king crab ended up in eighty degree weather, the Railroad hired every high school kid in kidacas county to transfer that load to u-hauls. Details of the fifteen car derailment which was caused by a hot box, can be seen in John Crosby's thirty five millimeter slide collection of 343 Hi-Rez Photo's which are included in our Special Features on this Disc--Includes a 25 Minute Video Slideshow of these photo's, also included are High Rez photo's of Maps and Timetables of this operation.
Follow along with Trainman John Crosby as he narrates all the details of his typical routes and workdays on the Railroad. You can also change the audio to hear a Brand New Green Frog narration track, and you can change the Sound Track to Just the Train Sounds only! Notes from John Crosby--There is the scene of Engineer Grigsby talking on the phone/radio, to I think the section foreman or road-master. I think we see a white hat in position to inspect the train right after that conversation, track car off to the side. The conversation would have been something typical of any railroad, "number 200 to road-master, we're out of Easton." Then a reply.
The Road-master by the way, was quite famous on the Coast Division, and was there until the end of Lines West. His name was Cecil Geelhart.
The mainline road engines were usually SD-40's, possibly SD-40-2. Engine 189 was an SD-40. The work train was probably a GE. The meet at Tacoma Jct. with the arriving train was all SD-40's, including the famous Bicentennial Engine 156. The yard engine in the drag from Seattle to Black River was an MP-15. The MP-15's were purchased new in 1976.
Locations Include: Mains Tacoma round house area, Tacoma Junction, Cle-town, Garcia, Columbia River, Hanford branch, Beverly Depot, 11th Sub, BN's Brenton Depot, Othello, Tacoma, Black River, Kent Depot, Stacy Street Yard, Spokane Street Tower.
Bonus Rom feature--Put this Disc in your computer to view 343 Hi-Rez Photos, plus Hi-Rez Maps & Timetables
Super-8 Color Film Transferred on a State of the Art Frame by Frame Transfer Machine into 1080 High Definition Video for the Ultimate Color, brightness and Detail.
3 Audio Tracks -- Including John Crosby Original Narration
Time Approx: 50 Minutes Total Main Program- 22 Min. Photo Slideshow- 25 Min. Timetables- 3 Min.
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround & 2.0 Stereo Narration On / Off Motion Menu's Chapter Search
Note: This DVD has been down-converted from our High Definition Video Master, and formatted for both Wide-screen and 4x3 TVs -- This DVD will properly play on Wide-screen televisions as 16x9 and on 4x3 televisions as pan & scan 4x3