Length: 64 minutes + short bonus
Time Period: 1955- 1957
Locations: Willard, Deshler, Fostoria, Cincinnatti, Ohio
Source: John Szwajkart
Vintage 8’s Series
Vintage 8’s continues with B&O Collection. Filmed in 8mm and mostly color film. This show is a steam based one. These are amateur shot reels and presented on DVD. No narration or any other extras. It is a silent movie and the only sound is a movie projector.
The presentation is divided into 5 main chapters. The timeline has 5 separate trips to the towns in Ohio. The main attraction is classic Baltimore and Ohio steam power. Nickel Plate Road and New York Central are also in this collection.
Willard, OH. in 1955. Major division point on Chicago to Baltimore mainline. This early assortment is rough from an image quality rating. Color balance and shaky camera.
Diesels are making inroads on the steam. Fostoria, 1957. Notice the image, much of this later film looks like this, as far the colors being off balance. Many of these scenes are good candidates for restoration. They are not up to modern standards.
B&O Collection does offer many classic steam locomotives. The film quality is the trouble with this release. While some scenes look pretty good, the majority haven’t aged well. Color balance is a big issue. Some edits are abrupt, and lead to jarring transitions. There is quite a bit of camera shakiness. Sometimes, the shaking just ruins the scene. In comparison, the IC Collection has higher overall quality. B&O is rough to watch.
Although this B&O show has the right trains, it doesn’t compare well to most other vintage productions. Not essential for most people. Hardcore fans of B&O, may want it anyway.
Rating: 2 Stars