Superior Railroading

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Producer: Greg Scholl

Timeframe: 1990

Locations: Schreiber, Cavers, Jack Fish, Red Rock, Mink Tunnel

Length: 87 minutes

Source: Rail Innovations

A two for one release from Greg Scholl. Travel along the shore of Lake Superior. Ride a diesel, hy-rail and helicopter! See CP Rail operate in Summer and Winter. Beautiful scenery. Rugged and very remote locations. Interested? Step right in…

These shows were originally produced by Rail Innovations. Purchased and re-released in this edition seen here. Greg Scholl was impressed by these shows.

vlcsnap-2019-08-26-09h47m05s988Complete coverage of the Algoma Division mainline, on Canadian Pacific. Practically an understatement!

vlcsnap-2019-08-26-10h48m06s650They used all available means. The usual trackside video. The better Cab Ride footage across the sub. The even better, high rail pickup with the track inspection. The ultimate, helicopter fly along. In fact, let’s land it for more remote views!

vlcsnap-2019-08-26-12h31m59s443One would expect an intelligent script to match this brilliant edit of film. No worries. Enviornmental audio rounds out the proceedings.

We shall look at each show seperately. That is how they appear. A choice of ‘Play All’ is on the Top Menu. No other menu choices.

vlcsnap-2019-08-26-09h21m08s351Maps are basic and meet the task. They are referenced in a timely fashion.

 

 (CP Rail North of Superior)

Length: 36 minutes

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Filmed in the Summer season. 130 miles Red Rock to Heron Bay. An engineering triumph at the time. A very expensive one. This section is loaded with: rock cuts, bridges, and tunnels. Along the shore of Lake Superior.

vlcsnap-2019-08-26-09h31m04s394Schreiber is a division point on this line. Good history is given here.

vlcsnap-2019-08-26-10h07m49s677Ride extra 5729 East out of town.

vlcsnap-2019-08-26-09h33m06s495Jack Fish Bay was very costly mileage to construct. A scenic spot.

vlcsnap-2019-08-26-09h47m55s770Mink Tunnel is another highlight.

vlcsnap-2019-08-26-09h50m31s529Check those old boxcars!

vlcsnap-2019-08-26-09h53m28s176Back at Schreiber. Night ops. Weather.

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Ride with the CP Rail Roadmaster on a Hy- Rail Truck. This is a weekly track inspection.

vlcsnap-2019-08-26-10h02m51s411At Cavers, a close-up look.

vlcsnap-2019-08-26-10h05m15s878Red Rock. Interchange with Canadian National.

vlcsnap-2019-08-26-10h15m51s376Night falls. Another cycle begins anew.

This was an abbreviated review of the show.

(A Superior Winter)

Length: 41 minutes

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This show covers the same territory. Filmed in the Winter season. Helicopter used and viewers will hear it operating. The landscape is transformed. Fascinating contrast to the previous program.

vlcsnap-2019-08-26-10h33m08s964Cab Ride action, with a different feel.

vlcsnap-2019-08-26-10h42m32s804Here is a powerful trio of MLW units. Using the Alco locomotive designs. They were still in Canadian service, years after most US built equivalents were retired.

vlcsnap-2019-08-26-12h33m03s674White River is another crew change point.

vlcsnap-2019-08-26-10h56m18s034Scenic beauty abounds on both shows.

vlcsnap-2019-08-26-12h26m27s343The aerial views are memorable. Note the exposed frozen ice.

vlcsnap-2019-08-26-10h30m25s016There are barely any towns by the tracks. The Transcontinental has plenty of traffic!

vlcsnap-2019-08-26-12h34m32s818Grain is huge business. An empty unit grain train is on the move.

vlcsnap-2019-08-26-12h27m12s494Approaching Red Sucker Tunnel.

vlcsnap-2019-08-26-10h39m24s206In the post caboose era, it becomes crew change points.

vlcsnap-2019-08-26-10h47m52s797Greg Scholl Video Productions. They have a stellar release of rare, Canadian Pacific railroading. Definitive, and memorable. Excellent for family viewing.

Rating: 5 Stars

Illinois Junctions

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Producer: Greg Scholl

Timeframe: 2003

Locations: Watseka, Gilman, Tolono, Sidney, Tuscola

Length: 2 hours

Sources: Greg Scholl, Lee Jarrett

 

Five hot spots located in Central Illinois. Crossing trackage is the key. Maximum train action. Some names are familiar. Gilman, is a well known location, from Illinois Central days. Others, might be new.

Chapter Menu. Accessible via the five locations.

Narrated by Greg Higgensberger. Script is on the basic end. Lightly narrated. Favors train sounds. Enough detail to maintain interest and basic information.

Watseka

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Alco used as switcher.

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Canadian National travels through the town.

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CSX move with a former Conrail on the lead.

Gilman

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All locations include a map. Gilman.

vlcsnap-2019-05-05-08h13m56s225Known for Illinois Central. That paint can still be seen here!

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Canadian National has taken over.

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Rail America has interchange business.

Tolono

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Not much here. Except a bunch of trains! Norfolk Southern dominates.

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Union Pacific on the crossing.

Sidney. Singular, with this old Wabash bridge.

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A former Wabash line. Norfolk Southern runs many trains here.

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Several Union Pacific moves underneath.

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The second camera is minimal throughout. Only shows for the last train at Sidney. Breaks the monotony.

Tuscola

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Another busy place. CSX has a former B&O route.

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Amtrak has a crew change point.

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Union Pacific also appears on the other tracks.

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A busy show, at the featured hot spots. Smooth running production. Feels strange, with only Illinois Central as a traditional roadname, on these lines. Amtrak, as well.

That is indicative of changing times. Canadian National, Norfolk Southern and Rail America, a part of that changing face.

If you like this modern era. An enjoyable two hours at these locations.

Still, a good program for those who prefer the good old days. Enough variety and plenty of action.

Rating: 4 Stars

Western Rails

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Producer: Greg Scholl

Timeframe: 1994-97

Locations: CA, CO, IA, KS, NM, WY

Length: One hour

Source: Greg Scholl

A tour of various locations in the Western States. Sweeping across the Plains to California. Many railroads are viewed. Various cameos are additional. All combined into this show. Unique viewpoints on numerous shots. There are a cornucopia of scenes.

Narrator, is the familiar voice of Greg Hingsbergen. He always does a fine job.

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Natural audio on a live soundtrack. The only issues, are some loud levels on freeway traffic.

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Pro level videography. All production aspects are professional. Tight edits. A well paced program. Greg always has an appreciation for nature. A good amount for balance. No extra charge!

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A detailed Chapter Menu is included. A generous Preview section. This with a detailed Menu, as well. Split into American and Canadian preview lists.

There are minor maps. Just enough to orient the audience. Good enough.

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Kansas City Southern, in an intriguing view. Burlington, Iowa. Mississippi River.

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Santa Fe warbonnets, with Union Pacific passenger cars. Topeka, Kansas. See the show, for more details on this scene.

vlcsnap-2019-03-27-10h51m37s581There is much variety in this show. Former Rio Grande Potash branch, near Moab, Utah.

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Santa Fe Southern. Lamy, New Mexico.

vlcsnap-2019-03-27-10h39m11s606Enjoy these two for one scenes! A BNSF train waits at Dotsero, Colorado. While the Union Pacific moves up the Tennessee Pass route. Nice sequence.

vlcsnap-2019-03-27-10h36m11s013The Southwest Chief. Amtrak fans, will get serviced, more than once, in Western Rails. 

vlcsnap-2019-03-27-10h48m27s336Southern Pacific meet in Utah. May 94.

vlcsnap-2019-03-27-10h52m25s063Burlington Northern. Sheridan, Wyoming. A crew change point.

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SD70MAC engines with a long coal train.

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Columbia River Gorge. This is an extended Chapter. Burlington Northern on the one side. Georgeous area.

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Union Pacific rails on the other. One of several scenic highlights!

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California is next on the journey. Southern Pacific’s Coast Line. Trains in scenery, type of cinematography. Spectacular views here!

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Tehachapi Loop gets a brief visit in 1995. Southern Pacific with a GP60. Two pushers on the rear. Unusual, to see a GP60 lead versus SD class locomotives.

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Western Rails

An interesting compilation, that delivers on the advertised. This whirlwind tour should contain, something for everyone. A favorite Railroad, or a location. Likely, more than one. Perhaps, viewers may find new interests.

This is a fine train program. Compact and action packed! Great cinematography. Excellent for: Railfans, Model Railroaders and the family.

Rating: 5 Stars

 

 

Big Boys and Challengers

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Producer: Greg Scholl

Timeframe: 1950s + 1981/82 Challenger

Locations: WY, UT

Length: 45 minutes + 23 min. bonus

Sources: Perry Brecker, Everett Roher, Fred McLeod, Warren Scholl

An intriguing, color film collection. Covers Big Boys, Challengers and more! Mainly in the late 1950s. Predominantly shot in 16mm color.

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A wide territory, covering the operational area of articulated Union Pacific steam. The most interesting facet, are the alternate locations. North Platte, Laramie, and smaller places, along the line. Salt Lake City , as well.

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Earliest is, Warren Scholl’s footage in original color 8mm. The lone exception to the other assemblage, of 16mm sourced film.

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Fred McLeod’s films, include original live audio. They are grouped together at the end. No narration overlay. Only graphic indications of relevant information.

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Long reefer blocks were, and remain a staple of Union Pacific high priority traffic.

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The visual quality ranges from the good to mainly excellent, of the higher quality 16mm sources.

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Fine cinematography. One generally gets that to this level in 16mm. Think about the monetary investment. Serious hobbyists behind the cameras!

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Rawlins, Wyoming coaling tower. Now that is something, that you don’t usually see in vintage Union Pacific films!.

Regular professional sounding narration by our usual host. John Hingsbergen with a fine script.

A detailed Chapter Menu is a welcome extra. No maps. None really expected on this collage. It simply jumps around too much. The show is well organized.

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A Challenger on the turntable. North Platte roundhouse. Different locations make this show well worth having.

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Sherman Hill sees plenty of action here. So does Cheyenne. Hermosa Tunnels too.

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Audio is backed by various musical background. Nothing intrusive. Some solo piano. Other instrumentals, with a mild country flair. Tasteful and balanced.

 

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4000 class locomotive on the move.

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Back to those Sound Films. The film looks fantastic! Original live audio is super. Outstanding!

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Dead Lines. Long lines of past glory are seen. As are single engines. Interesting.

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Challenger 3985. A chapter about the post- restoration return to service. Salt Lake City.

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Scholl pays a nice slide tribute sequence. To Big Boy survivors. Big Boy 4014 is shown, with an in service picture.

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5000 class 2-10-2 are in this program. Double-header action of assorted pairs.

An extended bonus preview section. A full 23 minutes of assorted DVD shows.

Big Boys and Challengers. Greg Scholl is a dependable producer. He is no- nonsense type. One has to give GSVP kudos for this.

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Delivers on the advertised. I would have liked synced sound throughout, to push it over the top. Still it is a fine show. Worthy to add to the collection.

Where the Union Pacific cabs  once read…. Dependable Transportation.  I would say this show accomplishs likewise, as in Dependable Production!

A must have for big, articulated steam UP fans!

Rating: 4 Stars

Steam Previews from Greg Scholl Video Productions

Steam Previews from Greg Scholl Video Productions

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Format: DVD

Length: 1 hour 11 minutes

Time Periods: Vintage to Contemporary

Sources: Too many to list.

MSRP: 19.95

Greg Scholl has 65 of his titles in a short preview format. There is a DVD menu. Chapters list the subject matter by category. This is a handy to have feature.

Chapter list contains: Vintage Film Era, Eastern Contemporary, Western Contemporary, Foreign, Military+WW2. A Play All button is at the head of the menu. Narrow Gauge and  Logging trains are included within the listed categories. A large selection of various railroads in the USA, Canada and beyond are seen here. The World War 2 selections also look good.

These are the same style and the same previews as are included on Greg Scholl DVD’s. They are brief and give the viewer a good idea of what is contained on the selected show.

The shows cover many different years of Greg Scholl. He has been in business since the 1980’s. This being the case, volume levels do vary. This is so noted on the introduction.

Narration outlines the contents of the program. He also has some original source information, such as; film types and cinematographers.  The narrative is custom made for the previews. You do get direct samples of a shows film. Some of the sounds of the show are  heard. It can be natural audio, music track or both. The programs that I have seen are all quality productions. Viewers can look at a show, hear the commentary, and decide if they need the show.

Personally, I prefer both previews and written reviews, of train videos. The previews are extremely helpful to see the appearance of a given show. They are brief at 30 to 60 seconds overall.

The menu is a nice reference tool. Being a vintage type of railfan first, that makes the process of finding the shows a snap! Just click that chapter and let it play.

This is a great method for organizing a want list.

These are some titles and railroads that caught my attention. Union Pacific Steam Classics, Canadian National vintage series with 1957,1958 and 1959. Duluth Missabe and Iron Range. Colorado & Southern, Burlington Route, Pere Marquette 1225. A fine selection of 1950’s era Norfolk and Western. There are many more interesting subjects.

Preview shows are not feature productions. This particular DVD does offer dozens of GSVP shows. It is very well constructed and is fun to watch by itself. The main problem is that you will end up needing even more of the fine GSVP programs.

I have made a checklist for Greg Scholl steam shows . Perhaps, these will appear sometime, here on ATVR. By the way, have you made your list?

Steam Previews provides a good representation of many steam programs within the vast Greg Scholl catalog.

Rating: 4 Stars