New Jersey Transit Push – Pull

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Producer: Neff Video

Timeframe: 1980s

Locations: Long Branch, Ashbury Park, more

Length: 1 hour

Source: Neff

A non-narrated effort by Neff Video. New Jersey Transit Push Pull. Contemporary, New York and Long Branch line. Viewers can look, but will not hear anything about the operation. Except, the environmental sounds.

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These types of shows are extremely outdated. Station signage and on-screen graphics. A rather primitive approach.

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Coming to this show, with very little knowledge of NJ Transit. It is the Producer’s responsibility to educate the viewer. At least, for the best possible experience. This presentation fails in this area. I get no pleasure in this. Nor does the lack of a narrative, provide any enjoyment.

This is one of the most boring shows.

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Evidently, the station at Long Beach is a new one. No prior history is given.

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Seems a couple of original shows were merged, for a DVD release. Title screens, list Part 1 and a separate Part 2. Both begin at Long Branch Station.

Most of the Videography is fine. Audio is adequate. Some strange background noise at high levels, at Long Branch. Traffic noise or generators. Should have been leveled.

Didn’t waste my time on the big screen. Looked good on the laptop. Nothing weird.

vlcsnap-2019-11-03-14h15m41s883The opposite end of a Push-Pull.

vlcsnap-2019-11-03-14h49m12s395Part 2 features an electrified line. No explanation is offered.vlcsnap-2019-11-03-15h02m56s383Numerous shots, are from across parking lots. Perhaps, tight clearances. Pretty ugly.

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Bay Shore is the end of the line.

This show is also available in, Trains around New York and New Jersey. A Green Frog set.

vlcsnap-2019-11-03-14h04m45s545An unsatisfactory, non- narrated show. Hold your ticket. Plenty of other shows.

Rating: 2 Stars

CSX 13 The Big Sandy (Sub)

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Producer: Green Frog

Locations: Shelby, Martin, Dante, Coal Run Jct., Garrett, more

Timeframe: 1999

Length: 84 minutes

Source: Rich Scheid

A story of Eastern Kentucky coal. CSX from Kentucky into Virginia. Diligent video follows the routes. Cab Ride action. Tunnels, mines and pushers. Great scenery, as well. Third generation General Electric power, was found to be a perfect match for coal service.

vlcsnap-2019-11-30-16h00m43s999Here we have Volume 13. This Green Frog series on CSX, is comprehensive. High production standards. Chapter Search. No Chapter Menu.

vlcsnap-2019-11-30-15h46m43s247Narrated by Peter Youngblood. Natural audio soundtrack. Several on-screen graphics. Could have used more. No maps are supplied. Videographer is excellent. CSX 412, is a GE AC44CW locomotive.

vlcsnap-2019-11-30-14h50m12s649Former C&O tracks at Shelby yard, in Shelby , KY. Hop into the locomotive cab!

vlcsnap-2019-11-30-14h52m28s288A cab ride on , the Pushers. Quickly we enter ex: Clinchfield rails. Now, we are into Virginia. Riding on a CW40-8. The route is loaded, with tunnels.

vlcsnap-2019-11-30-14h56m10s096Dante is where the Pusher cuts off. This   was original Clinchfield northern terminus. (Looked it up!) Pusher set returns to Shelby. Each tunnel is discussed. Nice tour of the Clinchfield.

vlcsnap-2019-11-30-14h58m44s364Sandy Ridge Tunnel, is the longest one.

vlcsnap-2019-11-30-15h07m15s071State Line tunnel. Viewed from high on the opposite side of the canyon.

vlcsnap-2019-11-30-15h13m28s384CSX 420 exits at Pool Point Tunnel.vlcsnap-2019-11-30-15h10m02s456Pool Point Tunnel. This near Elkhorn City. Stone entrance, instead of concrete. Trestle over a river.

vlcsnap-2019-11-30-15h56m58s715CSX locomotive, with a good side view.

vlcsnap-2019-11-30-15h51m59s828Coal Run Jct. is a busy hotspot.

vlcsnap-2019-11-30-15h56m32s165Check the twisting trackage. That is old Chesapeake and Ohio.

vlcsnap-2019-11-30-15h57m57s986Down here, the local moves have their own names. Martin Creek Shifter. Pikeville Shifter, and such. They serve the mine runs.

vlcsnap-2019-11-30-16h17m46s188Garrett, look how the town is squeezed on top of the railroad. The narrow valleys often have limited space, for railroad and buildings.

vlcsnap-2019-11-30-16h16m00s112A big blue, renumbered Conrail engine breaks up the gray CSX army.

vlcsnap-2019-11-30-16h24m13s272Mine facilities are trackside. Often, towering over the trains.

vlcsnap-2019-11-30-16h24m21s193Brief and effective close-ups, of procedure to load a coal train. See one, see them all.

vlcsnap-2019-11-30-16h13m17s373 A pair of CSX cabooses are filmed too tight, for a better view. You get, what you get. Cross Tracks Safely.

CSX 13 The Big Sandy (Sub)

Green Frog gives an up close look at the lines. The Cab Ride on Clinchfield rails, really adds to the show. Very well done overall.

Rating: 5 Stars

 

 

CSX 6 Pittsburgh to Willard

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Producer: Green Frog

Timeframe: 1990s

Locations: Pittsburgh, Akron, Willard

Length: 58 minutes

Source: Rob McCormack

CSX 6 leaps over to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The riverfronts and cityscape, are the setting for the initial round of trains. Pretty fall colors and wet weather will follow us Eastbound. The destination being the traditional hotspot of Willard, Ohio. A key facility dating back to B&O days. About 200 miles.

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This sixth volume in the comprehensive CSX series by Green Frog. Consistent production as the previous installments. Highly competent, Rob McCormack is the Videographer. Bob Carrera performs the professional narrative. A decent script.

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Seems to be a mid-1990s era. Plentiful, General Electric 3rd generation locomotives.

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Pittsburgh scenes are mostly panoramic. Visit is brief.

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At Rochester, a former P&LE bridge crosses the Ohio River.

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CSX 9000 rounds a tight curve at Cuyahoga Falls.

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BPZ400 at West Pittsburg for Buffalo and Pittsburgh. Using Rochester and Southern 101 and 103. New Castle Yard.

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The abandoned Pittsburgh and Lake Erie facility, a striking contrast to the busy CSX mainline.

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Chessie System power leads a short train. Viewed from inside SF Tower. Quick visit inside.

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Akron, Ohio has a Conrail train passing over this CSX switching move at AY Tower.

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At Kent, Ohio. This waterfall steals the spotlight.

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Chessie System paint can be found on a rock train.

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Autumn at a rural road in Sullivan, Ohio.

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Greenwich Jct. crossing Conrail.

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Unit Coal is plentiful. This train seen from SF Tower.

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Amtrak test train, with a cabbage unit.

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Was expecting to see more of the facilities, at Willard, Ohio. Maybe, his access was restricted. Little more than a yard lead. This local waits to leave.

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Engine 163 departs J Tower at Willard, Ohio.

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Another CSX move, on a yard lead, entering at Willard.

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Several cabooses in this show. None in a perfect picture pose. This shot will suffice.

CSX 6. Pittsburgh to Willard.

A well filmed trip. Contemporary railroading isn’t the most thrilling. The show is nicely done. Does contain some really good scenes. Bump it up, if you are a CSX fan. A fine volume to have.

Rating: 4 Stars

 

CSX 5 Evansville to Chicago

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Producer: Green Frog

Timeframe: 1990s

Locations: Evansville to Chicago

Length: 1 hour

Source: Rob McCormack

I’m Volume 5 the CSX route is followed from the yard at Evansville, Indiana to the Chicago area. Mirroring the real world, there isn’t a whole lot to see in-between. Figured it would roll this way. The extended time spent in Evansville, tips their hand. Endpoints!!

vlcsnap-2019-11-19-17h25m59s585The production standards are the same as the previous volumes. A couple of improvements. There is a route map! The script is a better one. On/off narration. Chapter Search. Narrated by Bob Carrera. Enviornmental soundtrack. Also, available on the CSX Special set.

vlcsnap-2019-11-19-16h35m48s056Return to a single Videographer. Rob McCormack. Improvements in the visuals, as well. Solid and consistent. The show opens in Henderson. Just long enough to leave town. Here, crossing the Ohio River.

vlcsnap-2019-11-19-16h37m39s346Doesn’t this resemble a Model Railroad kit?

vlcsnap-2019-11-19-16h47m33s729There are outstanding night scenes around the Evansville engine servicing facility. Very well lit. Top notch video capture!

vlcsnap-2019-11-19-17h05m06s288A cornucopia of additional railroads make this an interesting show. Soo Line, Norfolk Southern, with Toledo, Peoria and Western, as well.

vlcsnap-2019-11-19-16h54m10s104The journey North towards Chicago is every bit as unremarkable, as one would expect. Not much to do, or see. They seem aware of this reality. Small towns are covered, as succinctly as possible. Decent trains along the way.

vlcsnap-2019-11-19-17h00m03s429Here is an Indiana highlight. An old coaling tower, still stands. CSX 7801, C40-8W.

vlcsnap-2019-11-19-17h04m46s761Danville has a small engine facility. A GP30 in a hard to find, early CSX scheme.

vlcsnap-2019-11-19-17h11m16s238Things quickly pickup in the Illinois half. Gilman, is a traditional Illinois Central hotspot. Didn’t know that IC E8s came in gray!

vlcsnap-2019-11-19-17h11m56s950Chicago and North Western #8523. A GE  C40-8, leads an Electromotive locomotive.

vlcsnap-2019-11-19-17h08m17s414Several locomotives in Pre-Merger paint. The Family Lines General Electric has seen better days.

vlcsnap-2019-11-19-17h13m19s115Of all things. Who would expect a Green Bay & Western with a Kankakee, Beaverville and Southern? Alcos to boot!

vlcsnap-2019-11-19-17h10m54s500Amtrak has several appearances.

vlcsnap-2019-11-19-17h16m31s575You know you hit Chicago, when it gets cloudy, and the weather turns bad. CSX C40-8W, at Crete. Bet it was on a weekend. Why? It always seemed to rain or snow then!!

vlcsnap-2019-11-19-17h19m24s093The variety, picks up around the Chicago vicinity. The Southside is this CSX Gateway. An Elgin, Joliet and Eastern SD40-2, leads a Duluth Missabe and Iron Range unit.

vlcsnap-2019-11-19-17h27m31s375Barr Yard, was the former Chessie System (B&O) classification yard.

vlcsnap-2019-11-19-17h26m41s378Thornton Junction is a Southside hotspot. Indiana Harbor Belt, a common sight, in that part of town.

vlcsnap-2019-11-19-17h24m27s827A freshly repainted Canadian National GP40, nee GT. This leads a lash-up, of Grand Trunk power. Note the Operation Lifesaver GP38, in the second spot.

vlcsnap-2019-11-19-17h28m21s417Dolton, another hotspot. Instead of the ubiquitous road power. Let’s see some Union Pacific switchers!

vlcsnap-2019-11-19-17h17m39s967Not a caboose, anywhere. So, we close a CSX Engineer waving, from this SD40-2. Which tells the story of a wave. Hello or Good-Bye?

CSX 5 Evansville to Chicago.

A worthy addition to the series. The use of the better end points, define this show. Train variety is excellent. Solid entry for CSX series.

Rating: 5 Stars

 

CSX 4 Louisville to Cincinnati

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Producer: Green Frog

Timeframe: 1990s

Locations: Louisville to Cincinnati

Length: 59 minutes

Sources: Steve Neff, Rob McCormack

Volume 4 has scenic territory. Short route mileage and a high percentage of curvature. A former L&N mainline. This is a key artery ,with many curves and grades. Nice variety of power in this show.

The DVD-R has on/ off narration. Chapter Search. No maps or on-screen graphics. Production values consistent with the series. Dan Chandler Narration is a basic one. Locations and train symbols, mainly.

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The videography is inconsistent. Too tight to the tracks,on too many scenes. Makes trainwatching frustrating. However, other scenes are normal. Digital master has a good image on a 4K screen.

vlcsnap-2019-11-14-11h32m27s960Where’s those maps? Calling out these little towns are useless. Need a reference point. Norfolk Southern tracks crossover the CSX line here.

vlcsnap-2019-11-14-11h19m01s530Grand Trunk was probably running through from their Ohio lines. The narrative never addresses, where all of the GT units are coming from.

vlcsnap-2019-11-14-11h36m05s890The top heavy 10 locomotive lash-ups are likely, power balancing moves. Again, the script is lacking a bit. Besides that, it would be better, to see the actual locomotives!

vlcsnap-2019-11-14-10h44m46s585LaGrange, Kentucky is famous for street running. A little more distance from the camera would be an improvement. As with the caboose scene, at the end of the review. Compare, with the following shot below…

vlcsnap-2019-11-14-10h46m42s251Opposite side of the street. Better perspective. One can now see the train.

vlcsnap-2019-11-14-11h29m51s305The narrative mentions, that there are 16 more trestles. They supposedly, get big and better. A couple are seen.

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Richardson Trestle.

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Yankee Tunnel sees some action. That face is butt ugly. This shot is the one.

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See the BQ23-7? Notice that it appears to have been permently converted to a B unit. It would have been interesting to hear about it. Not just… The 1st wide cab. By the way…CSX had done just that! Also, Same as a regular B23-7, except the larger cab. Q stands for Quarters. (Armchair Narration)

vlcsnap-2019-11-14-11h28m39s355Twisting trackage is very visible in this scene.

vlcsnap-2019-11-14-11h00m20s639A hard to find, early CSX paint scheme. These usual suspects are also found, in pre-merger paint. Family Lines, Seaboard System and Chessie System.

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CSX 4 Louisville to Cincinnati. Another entry in this long series. Good scenery and locomotive assortment, are the strong points. Camera leaves room for improvement, as mentioned. Still, a pretty good show.

Rating: 3 1/2 Stars