CSX 12 Pennsylvania and Western Maryland, Fall Spectacular

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Producer: Green Frog

Locations: Cumberland, Sand Patch, Harper’s Ferry…

Length: 84 minutes

Timeframe: 1999

Source: Rich Scheid

Green Frog with the twelfth edition, in their popular CSX series. Quite an overview of various routes. This one contains some of the best scenery in the CSX system. Fall colors make it even more desirable.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-09h59m30s740Consistent high quality. Standard Green Frog CSX feature set. Chapter Search. No Chapter menu or maps.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-10h20m42s613Very descriptive narrative by Peter Youngblood. Everything is reasonably well-covered.  Videographer Rich Scheid is excellent! Composition and variety of views. Only have space for some highlights.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-09h43m47s365Tour begins in Pittsburgh. Quickly moves along to Connellsville. A GP38-2 with a heavy transformer. This is perfect model railroad scene.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-09h48m32s816CSX and Conrail paint, at Ohio Pyle. A westbound empty pig train.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-09h52m07s461Meyersdale station in the morning with westbound  a Dash nine DC unit. Former B&O line.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-10h01m12s844An SD50 assists a coal train upgrade on Sand Patch Grade.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-10h01m57s471The tunnel and big cut on Sand Patch Grade.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-10h04m56s004An SD40 goes past the tower, with high cube boxcars. Also, on Sand Patch.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-10h12m18s639A GE powered work train. Note the Maintenance of Way, Orange paint on the locomotive.

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Amtrak Celebrate the Century train.

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At Mance, a little diversity. CSX, Soo, SP SD40T.

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Conrail paint at Foley, with a grain train of Candian National cars. Five pushers on this heavy move!

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Falls Cut Tunnel and a leased GE.

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Corriganville , Maryland provides a picturesque backdrop.

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Cumberland has the Western Maryland Scenic Railway. This is a sixteen mile tourist line. Steam locomotive on this scene.

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Back onto CSX rails. This is at the Narrows. Amtrak slips by a CSX freight train.

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Cumberland with some brief scenes of the yard and town.

Kessler Bridge on the Magnolia Cut-off. No, you will have to see another CSX volume, to tour this fantastic area.

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A final train at Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia is an odd choice to close. No fall colors here. Only a single freight at this historic site.

CSX 12 is surely one of the best in the series! All of the trains are nicely shot. Great scenery is the main highlight. Although, the trains are always front and center. A good script and fast paced action. Green Frog with a top shelf release!

Rating: 5 Stars

 

 

 

 

 

Hot Rails Through the Twin Cities

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Producer: Pentrex

Timeframe: 1998

Locations: Minneapolis area

Length: 1 hour 45 minutes

Extensive coverage around Minneapolis and St. Paul vicinity. Multiple hot spots. A fine supply of roadnames. The amount of variety, is surprising here. While not as much as historical peaks, still a healthy amount of railroading to be seen in 1998.

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-19h05m01s289So many trains. Only room for some highlights.

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-19h19m57s997Some major locations: Northtown, Division St., University St., Hoffman, Pig’s Eye Yard and Dayton’s Bluff.

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-19h38m47s693Pentrex high quality standards. Single silver DVD. Master menu. Detailed Chapter Menu. Preview section.Multiple reference maps, keep viewers on top of the locations. On screen graphics, are often displayed. David Drui with a detailed narrative.

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-19h00m45s748Northtown yard is the first major point. Burlington Northern power. SD9s and EMD switchers work the yard.

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-19h36m56s267Soo Line paint is found easily. University Street, is one of many hotspots. This lash-up has notable Soo Line motive power.

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-19h26m19s355Canadian National zebra paint still looks good, on these older units. SD40.

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-19h23m57s379Burlington Northern on the BNSF mainline. The CP Rail train, is taking a turn onto Candian Pacific rails.

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-18h51m02s728A BNSF stack move.  Sample of the on-screen graphics.

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-19h27m23s973A Wisconsin Central move leaves Shoreham yard. These three SD45s are getting onto Burlington Northern rails, at University.

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-19h30m27s670Union Pacific 179. A GE B23-7, is an ex: MoPac unit. 

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-20h38m06s499Chicago and NorthWestern paint endures, on this train.

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-20h45m59s693Union Pacific GP units are not often seen in solid lash-ups.

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-19h49m56s486Milwaukee Road #261 is operating. A late Northern. The 4-8-4 is an Alco, from 1944. The Midway Area is in between, the twin cities.

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-20h11m26s570Minnesota Commercial has interesting power working at Midway yard.

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-20h13m38s232This Alco RS27 is a rare bird! They run additional Alco locomotives.

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-20h24m52s799Amtrak Empire Builder eases it’s way through town. Passing the Minnesota Commercial engine facility.

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-20h29m09s213Twin Cities and Western running GP20C. These are now Cat powered.

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-20h31m46s689Unusual grade crossing equipment. This Soo Line MP15 still wears a Milwaukee Road ‘bandit’ paint scheme.

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-21h12m30s940Pig’s Eye Yard is the last major railyard visited.

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-21h12m58s755Montana Rail Link, although identified as I&M Rail Link. At Pig’s Eye Yard.

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-21h21m18s500Burlington Northern SD40-2 leads an Electromotive SD40-3.

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-21h22m42s049Hoffman is outside Pig’s Eye Yard. Another area hot spot.

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-21h11m09s732The Soo Line caboose appears. Although in beater condition. It is a welcome sight.

Hot Rails Through the Twin Cities. A plethora of train action. This should satisfy nearly, any Railfan or Model RaiIroader. In the top tier of Pentrex shows!

Rating: 5 Stars

 

 

 

Magnolia Cut-Off of the CSX

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Producer: Green Frog

Timeframe: 1992

Locations: Carothers, Stuart, Randolph, Graham tunnels, Magnolia Bridge…

Length: 59 minutes

Source: Steve Neff

This original Baltimore and Ohio line was constructed along the Potomac River. Magnolia Cut-Off is a more efficient route. Completed in 1914. The river line has since been removed. Cut-Off is over 5 miles shorter, than that first route.

vlcsnap-2020-03-09-10h44m14s224Coverage ranges from; Paw Paw to HO Tower at Orleans Cross Road. Shot in 1992.

vlcsnap-2020-03-09-11h28m27s789A DVD-R. Chapter Search. Switchable narration. A map. No additional graphics. Bob Carrera narrates, a well written script. Balance of the audio is enviornmental. High Green Frog standards.

vlcsnap-2020-03-09-10h48m17s252SD 50 8585 exits Carothers Tunnel.

vlcsnap-2020-03-09-10h52m35s004Symbol freight S347. This is a second section. Note the old B&O position signal lights.

vlcsnap-2020-03-09-11h04m06s704Rare General Electric, U-30-C exits Graham tunnel. This is a Military move.

vlcsnap-2020-03-09-11h24m47s528A great scene. Captures the grade and some twisting trackage.

vlcsnap-2020-03-09-11h31m12s593Do yourself a favor. Look at the locomotive lash-ups. Interesting units, are often buried in the rear. A couple of GP30s and a Seaboard System switcher, are in this train.

vlcsnap-2020-03-09-11h10m07s984Three in Chessie paint, lead over Magnolia Bridge. B&O and C&O lettered Chessie System locomotives, are still found in 1992.

vlcsnap-2020-03-09-11h12m35s013At Stuart a gray ghost painted unit. Train is Q375. Heading is Westbound.

vlcsnap-2020-03-09-10h55m39s899The opposite portal at Stuart Tunnel. Train Q376.

vlcsnap-2020-03-09-11h05m36s662Before CSX had the locomotives all wearing yellow painted ends. Train R342.A pair of GP40 units, with a beat up Family Lines GP38.

vlcsnap-2020-03-09-11h40m51s025Amtrak number 30 makes several appearances.

vlcsnap-2020-03-09-11h20m43s432R135. Randolph Tunnel and Potomac River.

vlcsnap-2020-03-09-11h33m49s357Pre-merger paint! B&O with a Family Lines.

vlcsnap-2020-03-09-10h58m12s099The Concrete Wall is an awesome construction fest. CSX locomotives are in a good variety in 1992 here. All 2nd and 3rd generation.

vlcsnap-2020-03-09-11h38m04s608This Chessie engine at a meet, with another CSX freight.

vlcsnap-2020-03-09-11h33m03s694Conrail has some run through power.

vlcsnap-2020-03-09-11h40m11s790Although less on special scenery, the East End is still busy. Nearing the end of the Cut-Off route.

vlcsnap-2020-03-09-13h04m29s818A CSX work train trundles through the small yard at HO Tower. This area begins the conclusion of this program.

vlcsnap-2020-03-09-11h41m51s301Magnolia Cut-Off of the CSX. An excellent visit to this territory! The Videographer gets the highlights. In just under an hour, a highly satisfying look, at one of the most scenic routes in the United States. One of the top programs, in the Green Frog CSX catalog. Do not miss this one!

Rating: 5 Stars

 

Cajon Highlights 1976

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Producer: Pentrex

Timeframe: 1976

Locations: Verdemont, Cajon, Sullivan’s Curve…

Length: 34 minutes

A look at a busy Cajon Pass, over a few days in 1976. Santa Fe, Southern Pacific, Union Pacific and Amtrak, are here. The variety is what made trainwatching interesting. One never knew what might pass.

vlcsnap-2020-03-08-19h16m41s727The original film source is Super 8 mm film. Good composition. Assorted locations and views. Color balance is fine. A handful of film flaws., Drui on a nearly constant narrative. Train sounds are generally, in the background. Informative script.

vlcsnap-2020-03-08-18h44m35s304Brief pacing scenes. On Route 66, are a pleasure, with 2nd generation power!

vlcsnap-2020-03-08-18h46m26s255Many of the scenes contain some distance. This does put those trains in context. Sullivan’s Curve is hosting, a timetable eastbound Southern Pacific.

vlcsnap-2020-03-08-18h55m54s702Southern Pacific, running a GE U-33-C pair ahead of a tunnel motor. Near Canyon Siding, there are pushers on the rear..

vlcsnap-2020-03-08-18h44m10s897A single DVD-R. There is a detailed Chapter Menu ,with locations. A map. No additional graphics. Pentrex preview section, on a main menu.

vlcsnap-2020-03-08-19h11m32s783Santa Fe is the dominant carrier. At least during this limited, daylight visit. Pinstripes and blue/ yellow Warbonnets abound! Plenty of: GP30, GP35 and SD45 units mix it up. GE U36C units are present.

vlcsnap-2020-03-08-19h02m59s120Southern Pacific comes in second. A Cotton Belt SD40T2, leads this move to West Colton. SP favoring, 12 axle diesels, in the territory.

vlcsnap-2020-03-08-18h58m04s588Union Pacific is third. Although, their locomotive lash-ups are memorable! Check the DD35 with, a DD40AX Centennial.

vlcsnap-2020-03-08-19h10m15s057A scene that is representative of the traffic levels.

vlcsnap-2020-03-08-21h14m31s388The foreground Santa Fe train with SD units, gets the attention. Southern Pacific mid-train helpers roll in the background.

vlcsnap-2020-03-08-19h15m06s247Amtrak Southwest Limited. This model from Electromotive, did not workout for them. Inquire within, for further details.

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Generally speaking, Santa Fe was filmed, before the track realignments.

vlcsnap-2020-03-08-21h24m56s335The Super C, is seen. A record breaker, hotshot TOFC. The Los Angeles to Chicago high priority train, was discontinued. Not long after this time.

vlcsnap-2020-03-08-18h48m48s990As a caboose was common in 1976. This film is focused on the head end.

vlcsnap-2020-03-08-18h45m03s097Cajon Highlights. An accurate title. Delivers the goods. No concerns. Sure, everyone and their Brother, will want more. We are fortunate, to be able to enjoy this show. A must see, for fans of the 1970s railroad scene.

Rating: 5 Stars

 

Rails Through the Hudson Highlands

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Producer: Tim Walter

Locations: Poughkeepsie, Cold Spring, Garrison…

Timeframe: 1990

Length: 55 minutes

Remaster: Middle Earth Video

A new, 2020 remaster of a 1990 show. Have not seen the original show. Review will be on this, current release (obviously).

A single DVD-R. Master menu. Feature and Pentrex previews. Detailed Chapter Menu. This one offers locations. On screen graphics, with locations. No map.Peter Falconi handles the narration. Natural audio, for the main of the soundtrack.

vlcsnap-2020-03-07-09h34m47s685Video quality is not modern viewing standards. The colors are very good. Variable imagery, as the camera adjusts to lighting on many scenes. Historical value is the consideration. Plenty to see. Checkout some highlights…

vlcsnap-2020-03-07-08h55m12s983A tour on ex: New York Central rails. Ossining is the initial location. Heavy commuter traffic. Metro North is the local carrier. Amtrak is busy, as well.

vlcsnap-2020-03-07-08h54m22s595Conrail B23-7 pair, with  a Tarrytown freight.

vlcsnap-2020-03-07-09h03m15s424Croton-on-Hudson. Worth a mention. The interlocking was still in service.

vlcsnap-2020-03-07-09h17m54s225Amtrak has frequent trains. Would have liked to hear what the moves are. In fact, some of the trainsets themselves, should have been discussed.

vlcsnap-2020-03-07-09h05m55s973The narrative is only as valuable, as the base script. Find the information is lightweight, overall. He mentions these SPB units. Never heard of them! Missed opportunity, to engage unfamiliar audience members.

vlcsnap-2020-03-07-12h15m43s698Peekskill, NY. Here is the beginning of Hudson Highlands. The fl9 are in push pull. On the rear of this inbound.

vlcsnap-2020-03-07-11h14m50s665Connecticut DOT owned these fancy, New Haven painted FL9 units.

vlcsnap-2020-03-07-09h14m30s897Metro North had to be the ugliest paint, this side of Chicago’s Metra.

vlcsnap-2020-03-07-09h04m14s919Breakneck Tunnel is a scenic one. Note the FL9 units, are now pushing the train.

vlcsnap-2020-03-07-09h30m45s443Old building is a pumping station.

vlcsnap-2020-03-07-09h32m49s565Checking out the River Line. A few freights. These are some long telephotos. Across the Hudson River!

vlcsnap-2020-03-07-09h00m32s393Hey… Wash your face!

vlcsnap-2020-03-07-09h37m09s592Garrison, has this often filmed tunnel.

vlcsnap-2020-03-07-11h13m33s822Pougkeepsie, marks the end of Metro North territory. Also, the endpoint of this show.

vlcsnap-2020-03-07-11h12m58s392Rails Through the Hudson Highlands. It delivers on the advertised tour. The fresh remaster presents it, in best possible quality. Old videotape has limitations.

vlcsnap-2020-03-07-08h57m22s682The length is fine. Enough to see the highlights. Not overly long, to reach boredom. There is variety, amoung the many passenger trains. Even the venerable FL-9 model, appears in various liveries!

All in all, a good look at Hudson River rail action circa 1990. Nice to see it, in a remaster.

Rating: 4 Stars