Green Frog Productions
Length: 70 minutes
Time Period: mid 1970’s
Locations: Cumberland, Connelsville, Elkins, Somerset, Bayard, Helmstetter’s Curve, Ohio Pyle..
Source: Emery Gulash
Green Frog states: Here is mountain railroading in the east at its best. Considering standouts as: Pennsylvania, B&O and Norfolk & Western. That is a bold claim. Can the Western Maryland be the best?
The renowned combination of Emery Gulash and Green Frog is great. Exclusive 16mm all color film is a key element. So are the production abilities of Green Frog…
Narration is pretty basic and slightly weak. Good locations, somewhat informative operations, and too relaxed. This is not a usual Green Frog narrator. Older release that (naturally) doesn’t have the modern extra features. There is a map in the middle of the show. A remote control operated chapter search, no menu. Norfolk & Western has a surprising presence of engines and cabooses.
Emery had a definitive ability regarding scene composition. Many times, the valleys and cuts in the terrain offer tight quarters for the cameraman. He turns a possible disadvantage into delightful close-up views.
In 3 days, Emery shot in: Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The weather turns gloomy in the middle of the show. Many of the second day shots are in inclement weather- not twilight. There are some long chases through the mountains.
Undulating terrain also provides nice overviews of the railroad.
Western Maryland “End Of An Era”. This a vintage showcase for Emery Gulash. An interesting array of, first and second generation locomotives. Scenic Appalachian Mountains. Some dismal weather on one day. A solid audio track of EMD power.
It is a top level, eastern mountain program. A great addition to anyone’s collection.
Rating: 4 1/2 Stars