Time Period: 1992
Locations: Altoona, Horseshoe Curve, Gallitizan, Cresson, Enola Yard
Source: Rolly Osmun
Conrail operating in the heart of the former Pennsylvania Railroad territory. Sounds like a promising show. Instead, this release is a major disappointment.
Amateur shot video footage. Shaky camerawork is omnipresent. Below average composition skills. The framing, lighting and adaptability to getting good shots, are areas for improvement. Zoomwork is not steady and unsure overall. Obstructions and wet weather are very problematic. All of this, to see mostly SD40 types on cabooseless moves.
Annoying to have to sit through this 2 hour mess. Did I mention the constant shaking camera?
The show is narrated by Mark Osmun. Train sounds from video camera microphone. Wind bangs on the microphone from time to time. Unintelligible background voices as well.
Script is amateur level. Narrative is extremely basic and boring. Little more than locations are conveyed. Actual train info , such as: “A westbound passes”, state the obvious.
Any Conrail fan should seek higher quality programs. There is nothing special here.
Pennsy Blues is a nearly unwatchable, amateur release. Eye strain is what viewers will find.
Rating: 1 Star