Vignettes of the Baltimore and Ohio, Volume 4
Clear Block Productions
Producer: Todd Miller
Timeframe : 1955- 1965
Locations: Cumberland, Grafton, Sand Patch, Meyersdale
Source: William P. Price
Length: 52 minutes
This Volume 4 focus is on the West End. Locomotives contained are; later steam and a plethora of diesel action. Second generation diesels are now present, in the form of GP30 and GP35 power. Multiple B&O paint schemes on the blue locomotives. C&O engines appear post 1964 merger.
Once again. This show has all color film. Everything was nicely shot by Wm. Price. Live sound from multiple sources that adds interest.
Clear Block is light on extras. No maps are contained within the program. A disappointment, as this was on Volume 3. No chapter menu included either.
Everything bounces around quickly! Diesel to steam. Early diesel to later power. An EM-1 smokes heavy, as it starts uphill with a coal trail.
Helpers can be steam or diesel.
Call it the luck of the draw. Price was trackside, when the short-lived sunburst paint scheme, was being used. Brand new, Jersey Central, Electromotive diesels enroute from the LaGrange factory.
Newer GP30 units, in factory Sunburst paint. These are nearly impossible to find on vintage film. Let alone in any quantity. Plentiful here!
Steam appears randomly throughout this program. Like a close sports game. You will not want to take your eyes off the screen. Might miss something!
The ubiquitous F7 was once so common. Those were one of the very replacements that vanquished the steam engine. Now, they too are relegated to museums and vintage films.
It almost looks funny now. To see GP9s working, on a mainline coal train. It has been many years since that was a daily occurrence.
This Vignettes show could be the most fun one that I have seen yet! No annoying flaws. Great amount of action. This F3 set is seen at Cumberland, Maryland.
Full of cool surprises. Tons of scarce items to see. Note the wagontop caboose.
Model Railroaders can view period frieght equipment, as well. The various locomotive paint schemes will keep them busy.
Simplified blue, with the large B&O letters and a capitol dome herald. This was to be the final paint scheme.
Consider there are some other fine Baltimore & Ohio titles, in the marketplace. They are weighted in favor of passenger operations. This show has a great focus on freight trains! If you are looking for vintage freight action. Here is the hot ticket.
This is a good show that the family should find worthwhile. Live audio is a draw for children and any railfan.
Wae still have the usual lack of post production attention. It is original, unrestored film. Whatever the reason. This collection appears better overall, than earlier volumes in this series.
Vignettes of the Baltimore & Ohio, Volume 4.
Fun by the Ton!
Rating 4 Stars.