Producer: Ron McElrath
Length: 140 min
Sources: R. McElrath, W. Sasser
One of three Rail Trek volumes. Eastern version. Wide coverage over 20 railroads. Updated in 2017 by Revelation Video for DVD release.
The new DVD has film repairs listed as: cleanup on splices and edits. Original sources of 8mm and Super 8. These still show limitations. Good to fair picture quality. Green overcast on occasional scenes.
A detailed Chapter Menu is a fine addition. This lengthly program needs this feature. Especially, as it spends too much time on certain subjects. Definite pacing issues.
A new, update (on- screen graphic) is used to correct previous narration mistakes. Even a bit of additional information.
The show is in full color. Brief segments with some live audio. Mostly a musical background. Same as previous edition.
Fully narrated by Ron McElrath. Same as the VHS series. Above scene from Marion.
Show is a mixture of lineside and passenger train ride films. Covers a huge range of territories! Waynesboro, if you have trouble reading.
There is more than a basic review can fully get through here. Overview with some of the important parts to know.
The railroads in the Southern states are hard to find. These alone, make this worth consideration. L&N, C&O, Southern, Auto-Train. Ride upon and view trains. You just don’t find much of anything, in the South on a train DVD.
Good developments, later in this show.
Earlier on, it was dragging badly. Roads that I like too. Just revolving, around and around, on passenger trains.
*Breakdowns are boring. The audience doesn’t care. Stuck like a bug on flypaper. Cut it short! The show is dragging…
Endlessly looking around on New York Central. Finally, get out of there.
Look! A neighbor, called New Haven. A chilly trip. Out and back, on a branchline
A huge commuter mover. More than just Jamaica Yard. Long Island Railroad. Receives maybe, a minute! Really? Ugh…
Only to get fixated, upon the very attractive Delaware and Hudson Alco PA locomotives. Move it along…
Norfolk and Western. This one scene is the best looking. Kind of loses it at Kenova. Experiments with shots and most don’t work. Chesapeake and Ohio. He blows most of the shots here miserably…
Louisville and Nashville. Excellent choice. Rides an oddly named Pan Am train.
C&O. 2nd chance. Gets it right now!
Southern. Look South. GP30 looks awesome with a high hood.
Birmingham. Hot Spot deluxe. A manned swing gate. Frisco here. More trains are seen. Who knew about this? Gate open…
Take another look… Gate closed. Excellent.
Florida. Auto Train gets a glimpse. Florida East Coast with a caboose is included within.
Florida has much more.
Pittsburgh in 15 minutes.. A fine chapter!
Obligatory Amtrak shot. Cooler than most, with Three Rivers stadium!
Pittsburgh and Philadelphia had vibrant trolley systems too. McElrath shows quite an assortment in both cities. I only have space for one. You’ve been told about it.
Still in Pittsburgh. B&O action all around.
Pittsburgh & Lake Erie. A train ride there.
ATVR bonus. The Orange C was a give to ‘Green team’. New York Central. Red P was supposedly Red team. PRR staff. Neither side was satisfied. Everything reverted back to all white lettering. The rare, Orange C sure looked better to me! At Marion.
In Ohio, things really get moving along. Erie Lackawanna is plentiful.
Detroit, Toledo & Ironton, shows up for a minute.
Marion Hot Spot. The ultimate all time?
Get your good Norfolk and Western here.
Recent early 1980s steam inclusion. Needless here. Better quality, easily is obtainable elsewhere. Quit when you are ahead.
Matter of fact. All steam on this show doesn’t really fit. Including, the poorly filmed breakdown outing, in the cold. Drags it down. Time waster that should not be here.
Now, Atlantic Coast Line is a caboose, one rarely sees in service. There are some hard to find ones, bringing up the rear.
Rail Trek Volume 1 The East The 1960s- 70s.
This show sure gets around. Large amount of railroads. A supply of rarities. Overall, weak on film quality. Needs some additional editing, for time. Create a stronger presentation. Nice updates on the VHS. You have: the good, the bad and the ugly. A mixed bag. Make your choice.
Rating: 2 1/2 Stars