Into the Allegheny Range Volume 1

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Producer: Pentrex

Timeframe: 1992-93

Locations: Magnolia Cut-Off, more..

Length: 3 hours

Source: Iron Horse America

A comprehensive tour of the highly scenic 55 miles, from Hancock, West Virginia to Cumberland, Maryland. Spectacular, Magnolia Cutoff is the centerpiece. A longtime railfan favorite!

Iron Horse America, in co-operation with the CSX Railroad. They spent 4 years filming what has become, an extensive 4 volume series on DVD. All the seasons. Any weather conditions.

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A Pentrex release. Quality is expected to be of a high standard. The only issue, is a menu that doesn’t illuminate the check boxes properly. Fine otherwise.

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What we have here…

Into the Allegheny Range Volume 1 Hancock, West Virginia. to Cumberland, Maryland.

Former, Baltimore and Ohio trackage. This route follows the Potomac River in a Westerly direction. This line will eventually reach the world famous Sand Patch Grade, in a later volume.

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There is plenty to see in this first release. All seasons. Any weather conditions. A cornucopia of views!

Loaded with all the trimmings! Just the way it should be. We deserve the full treatment.

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Don’t forget some fine maps. Iron Horse provides a large supply. Frequently referenced. Nicely done.

Good narration. A well rounded but not overblown script. Sits in the pocket. Viewers get to listen to the trains.

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On screen graphics with: location, train designation, month and year. Directional, mile marker and more. Is that info for you people? Plenty for me.

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Videography is professional level. Everything is clean. Great composition. An eye for the artistic. Yet not overindulgent. Scenic awareness.

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Audio is equally at a high standard. Levels are balanced. Environments reflected in the ambient sounds. Play this show through a sound bar for maximum enjoyment!

This is a first class presentation. A thinking man’s show. Also, a Railfans treasure.

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Hancock Yard is a humble beginning. Compared to the tour that is ahead. Check the former Seaboard Coast Line GP40.

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Several run throughs, add to the endless parade. Conrail is the most frequently seen.

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The 1992 era trains have plenty of pre-merger paint in their lash-ups. B&O, L&N, Seaboard Coast Line and Chessie, are a few. Above is a Seaboard System, for another.

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Magnolia Cutoff is a large area. Mountain region with four tunnels. Iron Horse covers this extremely well.

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Randolph Tunnel is a super trainwatching location. East and West portals. As are all of the tunnels filmed.

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A MARC F rebuild. Leads a Baltimore Orioles Special, at Randolph Tunnel.

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Stuart Tunnel is a remote one. It has even more high paced action. With 50 mph speeds and a deep rock cut. Even makes a fine Amtrak Capital Limited image. Model Railroaders would love this scene on their pike!

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Stuart Tunnel in a closer view.

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Cross a river. Over a long bridge. Enter Maryland…

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Kessler bridge. Graham Tunnel.

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The Concrete Wall is better than it sounds. Natural lighting varies.

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South Branch Valley Railroad. A Shortline. A Tourist Line. Quick visit.

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Carothers Tunnel. An extra long lash-up. The small town of Paw Paw is nearby. Yes, the town gets a quick visit. No extra fare!

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A show providing plenty of movement. Local historical items are included, as well. The original C&O canal for one.

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Conclusion at Cumberland. Narrator leads into offerings on upcoming releases. The credits mention the use of improved video equipment in the later volumes.

Into The Allegheny Range, Volume 1

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This program is a winner! Excellent all the way around. An action oriented show that will satisfy railfans, model railroaders and most of the family. Something for everyone.

Rating: 5 Stars

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