CSX 15 Clinchfield Autumn Spectacular

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Producer: Green Frog

Locations: Elkhorn City, Dante, Kingsport, Erwin…

Timeframe: 2001

Length: 1 hour

Source: Rich Scheid

Final volume in this comprehensive CSX series from Green Frog. The former Clinchfield Railroad line is the centerpiece. Locomotives are now, predominantly AC powered.

Standard Green Frog production feature set. Switchable on/ off narration. Chapter Search function. Digitally edited, on state of the art equipment. All in high quality.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-17h41m26s765Rich Scheid with his first rate Videography. Peter Youngblood performs the narrative.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-17h24m49s703Action begins at Shelby, Kentucky. Right away, moves onto former Clinchfield rails at Elkhorn City. The Big Sandy sub.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-17h43m25s315Pool Point Tunnel provides memorable scenery. Above, is a pusher set.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-17h49m37s340State Line Tunnel. A long lens view.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-18h34m54s712Spectacular scenes throughout. Many various views of the tunnels.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-18h09m58s078Dante, is the location of the old Clinchfield yard.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-18h18m52s139St. Paul, Virginia. Here is the HO scale model railroad candidate town for the show!

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-18h24m57s159Copper Creek Viaduct, Spears Ferry , Virginia. Norfolk Southern has the lower line.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-18h28m51s025Norfolk Southern makes several appearances. Parallel and intersecting trackage.

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The combination of tunnels and trestles, show the challenging profile of the original Clinchfield Railroad. Still, a coal hauler a century after it’s construction.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-18h30m37s570Kingsport, Tennessee. The old Clinchfield Depot.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-17h57m16s027Here is a short tunnel. The Q manifest train at Gray, TN.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-20h34m03s489Erwin Depot is the conclusion of this series.

CSX 15. Clinchfield Autumn Spectacular. This is an interesting tour of the old Clinchfield Railroad in CSX times. Scenic fall colors are perfect. Rich Scheid delivers once again with excellent videography! Another high mark in the CSX series, from Green Frog.

Rating: 5 Stars

 

CSX 12 Pennsylvania and Western Maryland, Fall Spectacular

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Producer: Green Frog

Locations: Cumberland, Sand Patch, Harper’s Ferry…

Length: 84 minutes

Timeframe: 1999

Source: Rich Scheid

Green Frog with the twelfth edition, in their popular CSX series. Quite an overview of various routes. This one contains some of the best scenery in the CSX system. Fall colors make it even more desirable.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-09h59m30s740Consistent high quality. Standard Green Frog CSX feature set. Chapter Search. No Chapter menu or maps.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-10h20m42s613Very descriptive narrative by Peter Youngblood. Everything is reasonably well-covered.  Videographer Rich Scheid is excellent! Composition and variety of views. Only have space for some highlights.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-09h43m47s365Tour begins in Pittsburgh. Quickly moves along to Connellsville. A GP38-2 with a heavy transformer. This is perfect model railroad scene.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-09h48m32s816CSX and Conrail paint, at Ohio Pyle. A westbound empty pig train.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-09h52m07s461Meyersdale station in the morning with westbound  a Dash nine DC unit. Former B&O line.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-10h01m12s844An SD50 assists a coal train upgrade on Sand Patch Grade.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-10h01m57s471The tunnel and big cut on Sand Patch Grade.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-10h04m56s004An SD40 goes past the tower, with high cube boxcars. Also, on Sand Patch.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-10h12m18s639A GE powered work train. Note the Maintenance of Way, Orange paint on the locomotive.

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Amtrak Celebrate the Century train.

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At Mance, a little diversity. CSX, Soo, SP SD40T.

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Conrail paint at Foley, with a grain train of Candian National cars. Five pushers on this heavy move!

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Falls Cut Tunnel and a leased GE.

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Corriganville , Maryland provides a picturesque backdrop.

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Cumberland has the Western Maryland Scenic Railway. This is a sixteen mile tourist line. Steam locomotive on this scene.

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Back onto CSX rails. This is at the Narrows. Amtrak slips by a CSX freight train.

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Cumberland with some brief scenes of the yard and town.

Kessler Bridge on the Magnolia Cut-off. No, you will have to see another CSX volume, to tour this fantastic area.

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A final train at Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia is an odd choice to close. No fall colors here. Only a single freight at this historic site.

CSX 12 is surely one of the best in the series! All of the trains are nicely shot. Great scenery is the main highlight. Although, the trains are always front and center. A good script and fast paced action. Green Frog with a top shelf release!

Rating: 5 Stars

 

 

 

 

 

Historic Hot Spots Combo DVD: Railfanning Southern California in the 1950s, Santa Fe’s Pasadena Subdivision

HHS-DVD

Producer: Pentrex

Timeframe: 1950s

Locations: LA, Pasadena, Cajon Pass, Tehachapi Loop..

Length: 2 hours 20 minutes

Sources: Chet Hogan, Henry Wong, J. A. Hawkins, Leo Caloia, Trevor Clarke

A two for one bonus DVD. Both feature classic action in California. A cornucopia of vintage Railroading!

A single DVD. Master menu. Chapter menus. Previews.

Let’s look at the individual shows.

Railfanning Southern California in the 1950s.

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This coverage is organized by the feature set. One hour and twenty minutes show. The Introduction contains excellent street footage of Los Angeles area. Nice maps!

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Four notable Railfan’s guest star. Stan Kistler, Richard Steinheimer, Don Sims and Chard Walker. I know, they have additional and varied accomplishments with railroading. All offer mighty fine commentary!

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The Railroading begins at Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal platforms. Stan Kistler describes the busy trains of the era. Santa Fe, Southern Pacific and Union Pacific, long haul passenger trains are shown.

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Southern Pacific’s The Owl. Scenes from August, 1951. Chet Hogan filmed in a single day! Mission Tower..

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Double-header steam locomotives with an ice bunker reefer train.

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Amazing views of a snapshot of the transitional era.

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Southern Pacific. Richard Steinheimer takes over for this section. Photographer and how he began. Various black and white Steinheimer photographs.

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Don Sims chimes in after him.A mixed train is booked by a club. A Santa Fe Mikado handles this train.

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Cajon Pass. Henry Wong in June, 1949 is the Cinematographer. Stan Kistler explains. A 16mm camera with limited capacity.

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Retired Santa Fe Operation man Chard Walker discusses the end of steam on Cajon. He has authored some fine books!

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Banker’s Holiday Special 1954 to Bakersfield. GS and a Cab forward.

Tehachapi Loop is where this excursion stopped. A replacement set of steam locomotives were swapped from Bakersfield.

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Railfanning Southern California in the 50s. A fantastic look at the scene in brilliant, restored color film!

Santa Fe’s Pasadena Sub

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This show has a short Chapter Menu. There are a couple of previews, as well. Obviously, the story is centered around Pasadena. Runs for an hour. Stan Kistler is the guest star. Map and graphics.

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1951 and at Los Angeles Mission Tower. Chet Hogan films. All color and 16mm!

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South Pasadena is the beginning. Hogan footage. Steam is still present, but rare. Mostly passenger trains. El Capitan, Super Chief and various moves, going between LA and San Bernardino.

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Arroyo Seco Viaduct a scenic highlight.

Pasadena main station was very busy.

 

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 Cab Ride. Filmed by J. Allen Hawkins in the early 1960s. Aboard the Santa Fe Chief. LA to Barstow on # 314.

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Exciting film, as the Cab Ride continues across Cajon Pass. There have been changes, since the time of this filming.

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Assorted views, within and out of the F unit windows. Intriguing footage!

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Santa Fe Chief is a star of this delightful show. Pentrex remastered film has the program in stunning visual quality. A winner for all vintage Railfan’s, who have interest in passenger trains.

Historic Hot Spots Combo DVD: Railfanning Southern California in the 1950s, Santa Fe’s Pasadena Subdivision.

This is an outstanding combination! Perfect for fans if vintage, Western Railroading. Great for Classic Railfans and Model Railroaders.

Rating: 5 Stars

 

CSX 11 Greenwood to Atlanta

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Producer: Green Frog

Locations: Greenwood, Abbeville

Timeframe: 1999

Length: 1 hour

Sources: James T. Koch, John M. Koch

In Volume 11, we continue from Greenwood to Atlanta. This is the Abbeville sub. Former Seaboard Airline Railway, is 150 miles long.

vlcsnap-2020-04-02-14h09m58s128The setup is consistent with the others in this series. On-screen graphics. No maps. Full narration by Bob Carrera. Switchable narrative to on/off. Good script. High production standards. Professional videography.

vlcsnap-2020-04-02-14h10m27s053There is busy Maxwell yard at the beginning. Various moves come and go. An engine is swapped out.

vlcsnap-2020-04-02-14h18m08s772CSX Q211 stops at Abbeville. A crew change point. 8184 leads the Norfolk Southern units.

vlcsnap-2020-04-02-14h44m35s652Assorted meets and switching along this single track route.

vlcsnap-2020-04-02-15h09m10s865CSX 7722 leads on undulating trackage near Bogart.

vlcsnap-2020-04-02-15h16m00s230A C30-7 is paced near Dacula. An unedited pace is part of the bonus.

vlcsnap-2020-04-02-15h25m11s864The modern tour stops short of the city. 

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Older footage, that features the former New Georgia Railroad wraps up this show. This steam engine was part of that operation.

CSX 11. Greenwood to Atlanta. Another solid entry in this extensive series! Each territory has it’s own flavor. Green Frog, then creates an appropriate show. The single track main is average. By adding in, meets and switching, they increase the interest. The additional older footage is another point of interest. The bonus footage is out takes. What some release as part of a main feature. Here’s to Green Frog quality!

Rating: 4 Stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

Battle Up Sherman Hill

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Producer: Bill Lambert

Locations: Sherman Hill, Cheyenne

Timeframe: 1950s- 1989

Length: 1 hour

Sources: multiple

Steam to modern diesel in the never ending challenge to move trains over Sherman Hill. The fabled Union Pacific route is where some of the largest locomotives in the world have operated. This original Video Rails show, has been remastered by Pentrex on a DVD.

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Multiple film sources from decades of time. All color and Pentrex has it all in best quality here. Original and added sounds that give an authentic experience. Full narration by Jim Knight.

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This show plays like a videotape from that era. It has no Chapter Menu. A single map. Simply hit play.

vlcsnap-2020-04-01-11h24m54s475Divided mostly, into locomotive type chapters. Steam, Early Diesel, Turbines…

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Hermosa Tunnel is seen in different years. This scene from modern era.

vlcsnap-2020-04-01-12h20m29s228DD40AX. The largest diesels! Awesome to watch as they operate. Brief cab ride.

vlcsnap-2020-04-01-11h28m15s965Some footage may look familiar. That depends on what the viewer has seen. This review shall stick to this presentation.

vlcsnap-2020-04-01-11h31m16s857Big Boys and Challengers are no brainers. As are the big Northern type.

vlcsnap-2020-04-01-11h40m18s251Turbines receive a detailed Chapter. They were built in three variants.

vlcsnap-2020-04-01-11h44m04s273Early Diesels are always of high interest. Many types are shown.

vlcsnap-2020-04-01-12h10m10s707Double diesels are rare and memorable. GE U-50-B trio here. 

vlcsnap-2020-04-01-12h07m18s842Passenger trains are those long streamliners. Northern assistance to Amtrak era.

vlcsnap-2020-04-01-11h46m02s309Other Railroads has some surprises. Burlington Route in this scene. Southern Pacific is the most common.

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The current day is the best appearing. Also, not as fascinating. Dash 8 and SD60 here.

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Battle Up Sherman Hill. Delivers the goods! About half vintage and half modern. Although that itself, is late 1980s. All is satisfying Sherman Hill route. Plenty of variety. Well paced and enjoyable show!

Rating: 5 Stars