Producer: C Vision
Timeframe: late 1970s
Locations: MI., OH.
Length: 1 hour 20 minutes
Source: Fred Crissey
Take a whirlwind tour back into the late 1970s. A cornucopia of locations. Multiple railroads. Some rarities that are worth the price of admission!
Fred Crissey was a busy Cinematographer. He was traveling in Michigan and Ohio here. Using an 8mm movie camera. All color film.
A detailed Chapter Menu. On screen location graphics.
Plenty of handy little maps.Switchable On/Off music. There are no train sounds.
Full narration. A good script. Provides details on used locomotives. Certain train movements. Many of the lines. Probably, as complete as Fred’s notes.
Don Grant performs a smooth narrative.
Films are very clean overall. Color balance is very good. Well preserved.
The show begins with a long Detroit, Toledo and Ironton segment. A show within the show.
A scene of Street running in Ironton.
Fred also shows trains, in context.
He could do the mood shots too!
The early Conrail material is the bomb! Much better than some of the competition. The paint still appears new on several ‘cockroach’ repaints.
Former Penn Central F7A #1707 hits the diamonds. Renumbered in April, 1976.
Two Alco RS3 locomotives ,and a Baldwin. These on Michigan Northern. Rare film. This train is chased from Cadillac, Michigan. Former, Chicago and Northwestern 1617. The 2036 is an ex: Southern.
Alexis Tower is a definite highlight! A ton of action.
Conrail paint is beginning to be seen.
Chessie System in the 1970s was fantastic! Unmolested blue units could be seen from both; B&O plus C&O. Fred found both leading near Detroit.
Try and find a C&O 5911 leading. A rare shot on 8mm film. Good supply of C&O.
Chessie System steam suddenly appears!
There is not much regular Chesapeake and Ohio out there. Let’s see some more. The 3575 is a GP35, in factory EMD paint.
Ann Arbor is visited.
You are asking. What about Grand Trunk? Only this one. Canadian National is present, as well.
Remember , the rarities in this show.
A plethora of rolling stock is included, as this Burlington Route box car. He sometimes shows the entire train. Albeit, the shorter ones. Model Railroader alert!
In fact, he did it here. Check the C&O caboose. Enjoy all of the hard to find C&O!
A fun trip back to a favorite time of mine. The variety really gets rolling, and you never know what’s next. Much like the old days!
A solid show. Must see for 70’s railfans.
Rating: 4 Stars