CSX 10 Augusta to Spartanburg

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Producer: Green Frog

Timeframe: 1998

Locations: Augusta, Spartanburg,

Length: 58 minutes

Sources: James T. Koch, John M. Koch

CSX Volume 10, covers the mileage from Augusta, Georgia to Spartanburg, South Carolina. Differing from previous volumes, a bonus section is included.

vlcsnap-2020-02-18-19h42m51s518The specs are the same as the other CSX series. Chapter Search function. No maps. Really could have used a map.  Switchable, even on the fly is the narrative with on/off. Full narration by Bob Carrera. The 263, AC44CW ,is with a trailing Dash-8. Action at Spartanburg.

vlcsnap-2020-02-18-19h32m17s918Professional videography and enviornmental audio soundtrack. Exquisite colors! Let’s see some highlights…

vlcsnap-2020-02-18-21h02m34s902Twisting trackage at Augusta, Georgia. The implementation of these newer GE locomotives, conquered operational issues, on the route.

vlcsnap-2020-02-18-19h23m38s340This is some of the most hilly territory on the Southern territory of CSX. Some trains, still need helpers on tough grades.

vlcsnap-2020-02-18-18h59m09s869Norfolk Southern with an SP loco, is stopped to hand throw a turnout. Near a busy CSX crossing, in Augusta.

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To conquer Snead’s Hill, two AC44CW do not need helpers on a coal train.

vlcsnap-2020-02-18-19h06m47s261Unit 301 another AC44CW, with train Q692 restarts, after an air leak issue.

vlcsnap-2020-02-18-19h13m36s567 Another Q move on Clark Hill. This Manifest freight, does not require a helper. An SD50 on the point. 

vlcsnap-2020-02-18-19h17m08s004Greenwood yard. 8188 a GP40 attached to this train. Even more happens here.

vlcsnap-2020-02-18-19h20m38s016Northbound from Atlanta, this B36-7 leads with an NS unit, in the lash-up. The 5867 was a Seaboard System.

vlcsnap-2020-02-18-19h24m34s752Amtrak walks it’s consist, over the Enoree bridge.

vlcsnap-2020-02-18-20h24m16s730Up in the cab on a C40-8W! A pair of helpers. On the Spartanburg sub. Friendly and talkative crew. Engineer explains the desktop controls.  Unit 7730.

vlcsnap-2020-02-18-19h41m16s958All lit up, the 7730 pulls an expired hours of service coal train towards Spartanburg.

vlcsnap-2020-02-18-19h50m29s071Spartanburg Yard. End of the line for Volume 10.

vlcsnap-2020-02-18-19h28m53s685* The Bonus section is the unedited Cabride. The crew is quieter in this full length version. We are sitting at 18 feet in height. That is a high perch!

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CSX 10 is a satisfying trip. Expertly filmed, and it moves at a brisk pace. The route miles covered are uncommon. Cab ride adds interest to this show. Green Frog knows how to keep a tight edit. In and out, in under an hour. The time passes quickly.

Rating: 4 1/2 Stars

 

 

 

 

14 Miles Cajon Pass

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Producer: Tim Walter

Locations: Cajon Pass, Sullivan’s Curve, Palmdale Cut-off…

Timeframe: 2019

Here is a current visit to world famous, Cajon Pass! The 14 miles, refers to the length. Operating freight traffic, is by Union Pacific and BNSF. Fans of the modern rail scene, are in for quite a treat.

vlcsnap-2020-02-16-18h37m10s560As one would expect from Pentrex, all of the  best known locations are included. Many others, as well.

vlcsnap-2020-02-16-19h30m06s169A single DVD-R.  Detailed Chapter Menu. On screen graphics. Preview section. Great picture and natural audio. Excellent post production.

vlcsnap-2020-02-16-18h18m31s859A colorful, custom map is included. Only referenced a single time. Veteran Railfans already know this material. However, newer people likely would appreciate multiple references.

vlcsnap-2020-02-16-18h55m11s295Veteran announcer Dave Drui handles a relaxed script. Informative, yet leaving plenty of space to listen to the trains. So, activate that soundbar!

vlcsnap-2020-02-16-20h22m52s594The busiest railroad, mountain crossing, in the United States. This is the subtitle. Hits the nail on the head! There are 100 scheduled trains daily.

vlcsnap-2020-02-16-18h22m00s941Blue Cut is where the San Andreas Fault is located. A blue CSX accentuates the bluish stone.

vlcsnap-2020-02-16-18h33m38s388It takes quite awhile to change locations sometimes. However, no shortage of traffic.

vlcsnap-2020-02-16-19h05m54s142For those unfamiliar with this part of the country. Note the dry riverbed. These can sometimes becoming raging torrents. Have no idea about this specific one.

vlcsnap-2020-02-16-18h59m07s795Very little, in run through locomotives. Several Citirail units are seen.

vlcsnap-2020-02-16-18h57m27s523An odd moment. Mention of this train breaking down later in the show, causing traffic problems. No further discussion.

vlcsnap-2020-02-16-19h56m20s535A show highlight, is the cut to Cajon 1976 footage!

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 Big Boy 4014 rolls by, a single pass in 2019.

vlcsnap-2020-02-16-19h37m19s030A couple of shots from a rare snowfall are another break, from the unit trains.

vlcsnap-2020-02-16-19h53m09s035Amtrak Southwest Chief has a single rollby.

vlcsnap-2020-02-16-19h33m23s508Almost missed it! A Chicago and NorthWestern unit, is in the middle of this lash-up.

vlcsnap-2020-02-16-20h55m05s247Cajon Summit is acheived, at the end.

vlcsnap-2020-02-16-20h42m13s259UP fans will want their flag on the summit. The 9068, is an SD70AH. 

vlcsnap-2020-02-16-20h00m51s397Note, this is the older BNSF livery. Santa Fe traditional style lettering. C44-9W.

While present day railroading, is not my wheelhouse. The combination of slow trains, and beautiful scenery has its own charm. Hearing the locomotives working hard is another positive.

vlcsnap-2020-02-16-18h45m22s774The two hour length could have been edited down considerably. Certain locations, the camera is planted there, for far too long. Particularly, in the first hour. Unusual, as Pentrex normally picks up and moves!

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For a show featuring the current railroad scene, special scenery is a must have. Everything else is repetitive. This show is well put together. Although, this era is not to my interest, it is a good show. Recommended, if you enjoy today’s railroading.

Rating: 4 Stars

Santa Fe 1990’s Memories

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Producer: Mary McPherson

Timeframe: 1992- 95

Locations: Edelstein, Fort Madison, more

Length: 1 hour 22 minutes

Source: George Redmond

This Heritage Series features Santa Fe. This 1990’s show, begins before the BNSF merger. Mostly is Edelstein, Illinois and Fort Madison, Iowa. Some other spots are included.

A Chapter Menu is included. Some on-screen graphics. No maps. Preview section.

vlcsnap-2020-02-11-09h33m14s654George Redmond video. He is a good Videographer. Colors are good on this show. Natural audio. Mary McPherson narrates it well. Everything is balanced. A GE B40-8 leads the above freight train.

vlcsnap-2020-02-11-09h19m37s086Much action on the mainline at Edelstein. This video from 1992.

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Largely, intermodal traffic. No caboose on any train. Some general freight traffic.

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Jump forward to 1995. Bucklin, Missouri. The fast freights blow by the camera, at this location.

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Fort Madison is a crew change point. Much better to see the trains, up close.

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Night trains here.

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Excellent for tight views. Yes, I chose this one. Both Santa Fe schemes, plus an Intermodal. Sums up most of this show!

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A GP20 is one of several, that are easily spotted in this program.

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Bucklin again. In a rainstorm. Amtrak Southwest Chief.

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Fort Madison again. This is a hotspot. 215 is a new SD75M. Isn’t the night work fine?

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TP&W rolls past with a trio of GP20. Obviously, ex: Santa Fe units.

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Back to 1992. Edelstein again. Odd order of events.

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Santa Fe 1990’s Memories. Delivers on the advertised. It pretty much hit exactly what I expected. Defective of the extensive intermodal traffic on the transcon mainline.

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While not a peak interest period for myself. This show is well produced. The power at the time is interesting. Plentiful, are the Blue and Yellow Warbonnets. Older second generation Electromotive units appear frequently. Adding interest, are the newer Red and Silver Warbonnets that are coming online at this time.

All in all, a still  good if not an outstanding era, to railfan the Santa Fe. This Heritage Series captures that well. Solid, if not the most classic Santa Fe.

Rating: 3 1/2 Stars

 

 

 

 

 

CSX 8 Baltimore Service Lane

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Producer: Green Frog

Timeframe: 1997

Locations: Cumberland, Hyndman

Length: 56 minutes

Source: Rob McCormack

The eighth volume has a variety of subjects.

CSX Baltimore Service Lane. Cumberland Business Unit. CSX route mileage included. Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, with it’s 2-8-0, on a cameo appearance.

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SD40-2 on the crossover at Hyndman Tower.

vlcsnap-2020-01-27-15h59m38s328Consistent Green Frog production. Choice of on/ off narration. No Chapter Menu, maps or graphics. Bob Carrera performs the fine narrative.

vlcsnap-2020-01-27-16h57m24s688Videography by Rob McCormack. He is excellent!

vlcsnap-2020-01-27-15h27m00s338New power includes EMD SD70AC, such as 702. Delivered in 1997. Night action at Cumberland Yard.

vlcsnap-2020-01-27-15h34m12s109Amtrak Capital Limited arrives at Cumberland. Genesis locomotives.

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CSX is a 24 hour operation… The paint still fresh, on 711.

vlcsnap-2020-01-27-15h39m37s334Look inside, with a brief tour, in the Cumberland Shop.

vlcsnap-2020-01-27-15h45m42s207Western Maryland Scenic. Consolidation. Here, at Cumberland.

vlcsnap-2020-01-27-15h53m23s777The new, modern fueling facility at Cumberland. Protects crews from the weather.

vlcsnap-2020-01-27-15h54m25s261Beginning at Mexico Tower. A trainwatching trip, down the ex: B&O mainline.

Check the rare Baldwin switcher in the lash-up.

vlcsnap-2020-01-27-15h57m39s640Crossing the old C&O canal.

vlcsnap-2020-01-27-16h16m11s663Cumberland Car maintenance shop.

vlcsnap-2020-01-27-17h11m29s120Additional night views, around the Cumberland area.

vlcsnap-2020-01-27-17h02m09s875This lash-up includes these Chessie System units.

vlcsnap-2020-01-27-16h47m26s325CSX Volume 8 is a satisfying and concise visit to the advertised areas. The first rate visuals are the strength of the show. A solid script and well paced program, make this a fine entry in the CSX series.

Rating: 4 Stars

 

CSX 7 Jacksonville to Plant City, Florida

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Producer: Green Frog

Timeframe: 1990s

Locations: Jacksonville to Plant City

Length: 1 hour

Source: Rob McCormack

Volume 7 promises that, Florida shall deliver interesting CSX Railroading. This tour begins at the Northern yard. Proceeds southbound, until conclusion at Plant City.

The show has a choice of on/ off narration. No Chapter Menu, maps or on-screen graphics. There is a Chapter Search function. Bob Carrera performs the narration. Also, in CSX Special set.

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A basic assortment of CSX locomotives. Second and third generation power. Almost no Pre-Merger paint. Florida plant life.

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Videographer is excellent. A tendency to focus on the front ends. Much of the Florida sunshine gets bouncing around, at times. Digitally processed. Everything looks and sounds excellent!

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Limited off road units are seen. This Florida East Coast GP38-2, with some NASA cars. At CSX yard at Jacksonville.

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At busy Baldwin Tower. A Seaboard System rolls through the crossing.

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Southern Pacific lash-ups are running off mileage. Proving the terrain is not flat.

vlcsnap-2019-12-11-20h19m14s661Here is a Tropicana Orange Juice train. Would have preferred more detail on these.

vlcsnap-2019-12-11-19h47m15s938Amtrak makes a couple of appearances.

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Several night scenes are within this show.

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Several brief switching scenes, are included.

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A side view is good to see. This SD40 and GP38 pair.

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Friendly CSX Engineer!

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End up in Plant City. A map would have made much more sense of the small towns.

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A Chessie System painted caboose is parked. Some local switching. Not a better view available.

CSX 7. Jacksonville to Plant City, Florida.

Meets the advertised. Not a great episode. A map would have been helpful. Script is a bit thin. A middle of the road entry. Yet, little of Florida is available. Pick it, if you like one.

Rating: 4 Stars