Classic Steam of the ’20s to the ’40s

classic_stm20_40_DVD

Producer: Green Frog

Timeframe: 1920s-1940s

Locations: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Chicago, Kansas City, more.

Length: 1 hour

Sources: Frank W. Schlegel, Vince Ryan, Jack Alexander

A smorgasbord of films. Spanning 4 decades. Some rare and not so rare, steam locomotives. A Collection of: black and white, plus a little color film. Eastern Railroads mainly. Everything is worthwhile.

vlcsnap-2019-11-04-08h34m21s785

See: Delaware and Hudson, New York Central, Lackawanna, Central of New Jersey and Frisco (above). Also, Pennsylvania  Erie, Wabash, Rahway Valley, B&O, and much more. Steam, Electric and several early diesels.

vlcsnap-2019-11-04-07h41m51s404

Frog DVD-R. Nothing extra. Plays straight through. The Milwaukee Road Hiawatha. Nice runby…in Milwaukee!

The show is narrated by Dan Chandler.  Script is good. Fine work on the dubbed trains.

vlcsnap-2019-11-04-08h06m36s302

Camerawork varies by source. As does the visual quality. Majority is fine. About what an experienced Railfan would expect, from a wide ranging assortment. Good on the big screen.

vlcsnap-2019-11-04-08h14m46s622

There is way too much to cover the whole show. Highlights of this fine program. New York Central, Empire Star Express. Two steam pushers on the rear. The show’s gem!

vlcsnap-2019-11-04-08h03m07s418

Reading Crusader at Dunellen, New Jersey.

vlcsnap-2019-11-04-07h34m43s927

Camelback is a strange looking steam engine. It hauls a fantrip out on to the Long Branch.

vlcsnap-2019-11-04-07h35m53s312

Turns around, the yard in Bay Head Jct. A joint CNJ and PRR. So, Pennsylvania power is there with K4s. Compare the access the people had, in those days. More PRR is seen, in their home state.

vlcsnap-2019-11-04-07h51m31s819

A 1936 fantrip over the former, Ulster and Delaware. This one required a double header with a pusher, and ran two sections!  The New York Central ten wheelers were added to the head end. Former U&D power. Depart Kingston.

vlcsnap-2019-11-04-07h53m09s799

Oneonta roundhouse on D&H was destination.

vlcsnap-2019-11-04-08h36m51s266

Check the size of the people against this Lackawanna locomotive.

vlcsnap-2019-11-04-07h54m25s754

Steam and Electric. New York Central. Harmon, NY.

vlcsnap-2019-11-04-07h39m20s289

The big surprise is at Pennsylvania’s Enola Yard. Before retarders were used, brakeman manually controlled the cars, from the hump. Dangerous work in the winter. Unbelievable by today’s safety!

vlcsnap-2019-11-04-08h30m12s685

The Alton. Street running! How rare is this?

vlcsnap-2019-11-04-07h55m37s514

Middletown and Union, has a face, only a mother could love. Come closer..

vlcsnap-2019-11-04-08h12m59s250

Venerable, Boston and Maine Mogul type.

vlcsnap-2019-11-04-08h32m11s253

Rock Island at St. Louis.

vlcsnap-2019-11-04-08h26m16s249

Erie passes with it’s train.

vlcsnap-2019-11-04-07h42m51s903

Indiana Railroad was a large, Electric Interurban. Ran streetcars and freight.

vlcsnap-2019-11-04-08h14m39s734

Delaware and Hudson Northern type. Plenty of D&H is within.

vlcsnap-2019-11-04-08h12m40s513

Springfield Terminal in it’s original incarnation. Take a trolley. Quite a difference, from later SD45s in grey paint!

vlcsnap-2019-11-04-08h36m24s069

A Lackawanna Milk Train, really harkens back to an earlier era.

vlcsnap-2019-11-04-08h31m04s200

A Chicago, Burlington and Quincy sits in a huge yard. Burlington Route, was a road that ran steam late, on the Colorado and Southern.

vlcsnap-2019-11-04-07h44m07s512

This is a cornucopia of steam era scenes. Here, the ice bunker reefers are loaded at the Chicago Stockyards. South Shore Electric cars to the right.

There are even bonus shots. City pan views (Philadelphia), street scenes, humoungous Chicago stockyards. A well thought-out production. Packs a bunch, into a fast moving one hour program.

Also available on the, Trains around New York and New Jersey – collection.

vlcsnap-2019-11-04-08h24m48s009

Closing caboose is a Wabash.

Green Frog has a must see show, for any fans of steam era Railroading. The black and white film, adds to the vintage feel. Fascinating and varied visit to the past.

Rating: 5 Stars

The Anthracite Roads in the 70s Vol.4 Reading Lines

anthracite-railroads-in-the-70-s-volume-4-dvd-8

Producer: John Pechulis

Timeframe: 1970s

Locations: Bethlehem, Allentown, Rutherford, Reading

Length: 76 minutes

Sources: J. Reck, T. Nemeth, T. Kelcec, W. Chaplik, D. Latshaw

Sampled one of these Anthracite Roads shows. This one features Reading Railroad. Seems to be about 1972 to 1975, based on the narrative. Very focused on mostly freight operations of the Reading. Some passenger, in the forms of: Budd cars, Push- Pull and traditional FP7 led trains.

Having a clear preference for freight trains. Took a chance, on how this would work out. Very satisfied, with the heavy emphasis on freight traffic.

Too much to cover everything. Let’s see some highlights…

vlcsnap-2019-09-20-15h03m49s029

The show has a detailed Chapter Menu. No maps or additional graphics. Added sound are train sounds.

vlcsnap-2019-09-20-15h01m11s577

Various film sources have been compiled to complete this program. Some minor variations. The ultra fine restoration process by JPM, has everything appearing in best possible quality.

vlcsnap-2019-09-20-15h05m05s380

The overall visuals are excellent! Any flaws are minor. The color balance is outstanding. All of the Cinematography is very well shot.

vlcsnap-2019-09-20-15h43m05s588

Mike Bednar provides an informative and colorful narration. He has a true, insider viewpoint. Knowing the train symbols, loads, and much more! Learn why some hopper strings are on the front or rear of a mixed freight, on the Reading.

vlcsnap-2019-09-20-16h02m45s476

Diesel assortment should satisfy most fans of the 1970s. First and Second Generation locomotives from: EMD and Alco are in daily service. GE U30C locomotives, as well.

vlcsnap-2019-09-20-15h00m15s913

Paint schemes range from: Original 50s, 2nd Generation 60s and 70s are all here.

vlcsnap-2019-09-20-14h56m29s101

Cabooses were a given. The RS3 engines were still in service. Although we see their fate, later on.

vlcsnap-2019-09-20-15h00m41s324

GP30 power always had that ‘hot rod’ look. More so, in the 1960s. Something, that only General Motors would come up with.

vlcsnap-2019-09-20-15h00m52s545

The GP35 would outline the design from Electromotive for many years to follow.

vlcsnap-2019-09-20-15h03m12s564

Give me a six axle Alco Century C630, with High Adhesion trucks. A man’s locomotive!

vlcsnap-2019-09-20-14h49m24s243

The late, dark green paint looked like a successful update for the colorful 1970s.

vlcsnap-2019-09-20-15h34m04s749

A nice inclusion. Also, not a common find. Several trains offer the consists. So many 40′ boxcars are still rolling. Model Railroaders- take note.

vlcsnap-2019-09-20-15h41m02s398

While we are it. What do loaded Anthracite cars look like?

vlcsnap-2019-09-20-15h40m56s055

A plethora of pure Reading lash-ups. Nearly endless.

vlcsnap-2019-09-20-15h12m47s181

Mike certainly gets a kick out of a Lehigh Valley ‘Snowbird’ shoving on a train.

vlcsnap-2019-09-20-15h44m19s290

Used to seeing Chessie System units in weathered paint on other shows. It’s a bit of a shocker to find brand new GP40s here.

vlcsnap-2019-09-20-15h51m16s607

Paired up B&O plus C&O engines, also power some moves.

vlcsnap-2019-09-20-14h47m58s927

Obligatory Budd car. Seemed unattractive. Funny, that Mike felt similar.

vlcsnap-2019-09-20-14h48m20s583

The FP7 was a smart looking locomotive, in Reading paint.

vlcsnap-2019-09-20-15h59m11s910

Checkout Rutherford Yard for a quick visit.

vlcsnap-2019-09-20-15h35m36s305Wide Vision caboose. The best on the line.

vlcsnap-2019-09-20-14h56m53s007

This show is a targeted one. The Reading probably did not have as many trackside viewers, as the larger railroads. Due to location and it’s size. Here is a chance to be trackside. In the few years before it disappeared into Conrail. The show in this high quality is a must see, for those who wish to have been there.

Rating: 5 Stars

 

Into the Allegheny Range Volume 4


AR4-DVD

Producer: Pentrex

Timeframe: 1990s

Locations: Cumberland to Sand Patch Grade, Meyersdale, Connellsville,PA.

Length: 4 hours

Source: Iron Horse America

Final entry in this extensive series by Iron Horse America. Comprehensive coverage of former B&O line from Cumberland, Maryland to Sand Patch Grade. Second disc continues onward: Meyersdale to Connellsville, Pennsylvania.

While filmed over a three period in the early 1990s, wait there’s more. Has interpolating, steam era, color footage, from William Price!

vlcsnap-2019-09-16-10h16m01s295

At a total length of 4 hours. There are the 2 DVDs in this Volume. This review will barely get the surface highlights. Quality is on par, with the other three shows. Par excellence!

vlcsnap-2019-09-16-10h13m50s417

Mountainous terrain and CSX trains fighting their way up those tough grades. Shot in all seasons and any weather conditions. No stone is left unturned.

vlcsnap-2019-09-16-09h35m59s857

All the previous extras are present. A generous supply of maps. Frequently referenced to mark our progress along the line. Elevation maps. Detailed, on-screen graphics with additional information.

vlcsnap-2019-09-16-12h13m19s271

Bob Taylor announced a detailed narrative. Even includes tips on photographing or traversing the area.

vlcsnap-2019-09-16-09h37m18s629

The journey begins at the Eastern end in Cumberland. This time period is the last stand for active, Armstrong towers.

vlcsnap-2019-09-16-12h35m17s822

Tunnels are numerous. Both ends of each bore are covered. Amtrak moves appear throughout.

vlcsnap-2019-09-16-11h59m07s862

Towers are visited. They may or may not exist now. Wonderful! How the Price footage is edited in so well

vlcsnap-2019-09-16-10h52m19s240

A cornucopia of locomotive types. Predecessor paint scheme galore!

vlcsnap-2019-09-16-09h42m13s326

Tom Biery gets credit for this sequence. This Western Maryland led freight is paced near Mt. Savage Jct. Shortly after the Chessie System merger.

vlcsnap-2019-09-16-10h08m17s505Fairhope Tunnel provides a scene, that is perfect for Model Railroaders. The short tunnel, immediate bridge over a river, offer a wealth of possibilities.

vlcsnap-2019-09-16-10h32m32s098 Mance is loaded with scenic opportunities. Receives an extended Chapter.

vlcsnap-2019-09-16-10h45m35s744Mance has numerous close-up viewpoints. Note this former Louisville and Nashville GP38.

vlcsnap-2019-09-16-10h19m31s889Majestic, aerial viewpoints are look alikes for model railroads. Some ambitious climbing, is how the Videographer attained some shots. Several are spectacular!

vlcsnap-2019-09-16-11h44m41s079

Sand Patch Tunnel is a centerpiece. Plenty of still painted Chessie System power, in service.

vlcsnap-2019-09-16-11h47m32s914

The CSX F unit set on a 1991 special.

 

vlcsnap-2019-09-16-11h54m10s336

SA Tower is visited. Pistol grip controls here. The operation is explained by Ed Karsted.

vlcsnap-2019-09-16-09h59m02s151

Yes, Bill Price includes early diesels.

vlcsnap-2019-09-16-11h59m56s381

Display map of Sandpatch Grade summit.

vlcsnap-2019-09-16-12h04m31s010

Disc Two continues the journey from the summit.

vlcsnap-2019-09-16-09h43m31s852One more scene of those great B&O steam locomotives.

vlcsnap-2019-09-16-12h19m59s007

Watch, as the rails are pulled up on the Berlin branch. Witness the final train there.

vlcsnap-2019-09-16-12h25m30s242

A Somerset local on S&C with a rare Sunburst B&O GP30 in the lash-up.

vlcsnap-2019-09-16-12h40m42s086Shoofly is an interesting tunnel.

vlcsnap-2019-09-16-12h55m28s971Benford is great looking brick one.

vlcsnap-2019-09-16-13h00m43s104Check that last GP16 operating on CSX.

vlcsnap-2019-09-16-13h14m00s510Connellsville Yard has some fine; before and after film. At the time of this show, extremely limited usage.

vlcsnap-2019-09-16-13h21m33s027A Cab ride aboard a Chessie System GP38 helper. About to pass under Salisbury Viaduct. This closes this show.

vlcsnap-2019-09-16-12h14m47s331Volume 4 is a winner! If you can only afford a single release or want to sample only one. This issue has comprehensive coverage of world famous Sand Patch Grade. 

Rating: 5 Stars

Steam Across America: Combo DVD

SAA-DVD

Producer: Pentrex

Timeframe: 1950s- 60s

Locations: many

Length: 1 hour 10 minutes

Source: Bruce Ward

A combination of two shows on this single DVD. East and Western steam in the United States. Filmed in 16mm. All color and multiple railroads. End of the steam era. Late 1950s into the early 1960s.

Interested? Step right in…

Choices on the Top Chapter Menu offer: East, West and Bonus Material. Leads to detailed sub Chapter menus. No maps. On-screen location graphics.

Dave Drui with a good narrative. Detailed soundtrack with environmental sounds. High level of Pentrex production.

vlcsnap-2019-09-02-09h47m25s153

NW in 1957. Portsmouth, Ohio. Plenty of action in the state.

vlcsnap-2019-09-02-09h48m33s892

196 switches at Columbus, Ohio.

vlcsnap-2019-09-02-09h54m44s268

Bluefield WV in 59.vlcsnap-2019-09-02-10h07m15s783

Baltimore and Ohio in 1957. Yellowstone EM- 1 type being chased.

vlcsnap-2019-09-02-10h01m01s902

A B&O freight train, smokes it up.

vlcsnap-2019-09-02-10h02m57s347

Street running at Grafton. The B&O added larger tenders to it’s switchers in later years.

vlcsnap-2019-09-02-10h08m00s647

Pennsylvania Railroad.

vlcsnap-2019-09-02-10h11m08s477

A J1 class 2-10-4 on the turntable at Columbus.

vlcsnap-2019-09-02-10h24m40s323

Nickel Plate Road in 1957. Berkshire class. A Hudson class with rarely seen Elephant Ears on a freight.

vlcsnap-2019-09-02-10h28m59s396

Chicago, Burlington and Quincy. 1961 in Illinois and Wisconsin. Burlington Route ran fantrips. This one was The Illini Special.

vlcsnap-2019-09-02-10h31m32s813

Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range.  The Illini Special in 1961.

vlcsnap-2019-09-02-10h42m28s777

Union Pacific in 1957. Grand Island, Nebraska. Elephant Ear Northern’s in freight service.

vlcsnap-2019-09-02-10h39m47s955

Diminutive switchers were once ubiquitous.

vlcsnap-2019-09-02-10h43m36s511

At Cheyenne, Wyoming. Class locomotive, Big Boy 4000, rolls in with smoking brakes.

vlcsnap-2019-09-02-10h51m46s919

Challengers are abundant! Compare the exhaust on this somewhat ailing Challenger to the GP unit, as they shove on a freight in the Wahsatch Mountains.

Southern Pacific. San Francisco and Oakland terminals.

vlcsnap-2019-09-02-11h01m41s179

Bakersfield in 1957. More shown in 56.  A GS 4 meets a Cab Forward .

Colorado and Southern. Various scenes.

vlcsnap-2019-09-02-11h03m57s867

2-10-2 predominate. Note the double tender

vlcsnap-2019-09-02-11h10m46s126

C&S #641 was well suited to operate to Climax, at over 10,000 feet. Ran until 1961.

vlcsnap-2019-09-02-11h13m09s687

Great Western Railway steamer, is used at the sugar Mill. Loveland, CO. They used 0-4-0 saddle tankers too. Even more than expected is seen.

vlcsnap-2019-09-02-11h09m21s389

Steam Across America. Covers the advertised in fine fashion. Two packed shows of vintage steam action. The 16mm films look great! Fine viewing for anyone with an interest in steam locomotives.

Rating: 5 Stars

 

 

 

 

Into the Allegheny Range Volume 3

AR3-DVD

Producer: Pentrex, Iron Horse

Timeframe: 1992- 94

Locations: Cumberland to Grafton, WV.

Length: 3 hours 30 minutes

Sources: William Holloway, William  Price, Tom Biery, Charles Roberts

Third in the four part series. West End coverage, of the famous former Baltimore and Ohio line. Original production by Iron Horse America, in co-operation with CSX. Plentiful set that is a two DVD release.

vlcsnap-2019-08-13-20h43m58s015

A muti-faceted presentation. Iron Horse used vintage films and still photos to compare with current scenes. William Price was a legendary steam era Cinematographer. Some brief Price scenes, are shown of old B&O steam, at certain locations.

vlcsnap-2019-08-13-20h10m40s872

Multiple map types are employed to outline the presentation. Route maps, elevation and grades. It’s all here, in manageable portions. Blended with the storyline.

vlcsnap-2019-08-14-11h30m57s269

Bob Taylor performs an informative narrative. Covers most of everything. A nice Chapter Menu gives easy access to this large show. On-screen graphics with many additional details.

vlcsnap-2019-08-14-12h02m45s292

Live audio is clean and levels are balanced. Horn sounds are a must hear, when they reverberate off the mountains!

vlcsnap-2019-08-13-20h14m54s518

An interesting subplot. A 1992 Railfest Excursion interpolates Cab ride footage, as we travel eastbound. End to end.

vlcsnap-2019-08-13-20h13m59s788

Volume 3 picks up this extensive coverage with the famed Baltimore and Ohio, West End. Cumberland, Maryland is the beginning of this program. Since, that was the subject of Volume 2. The tower at the end of town is our start point.

vlcsnap-2019-08-13-20h45m29s370

Bond is where there was a runaway track and 2nd tower in the past. Little remains nowadays.

vlcsnap-2019-08-13-20h40m42s431

Conrail moves unit coal via trackage rights. This bridge has an original portion from 1851.

vlcsnap-2019-08-13-20h56m35s429

Hitchcock Tunnel is a short one.

vlcsnap-2019-08-13-21h15m57s367

Altamont is the Allegheny Summit on this former B&O line. Some good trainwatching is spent here.

vlcsnap-2019-08-13-21h16m56s517

Great spot to interject some vintage Price film!

vlcsnap-2019-08-13-21h20m01s206

Keep your eyes peeled. An assortment of pre-merger paint is still rolling around. Like this Louisville and Nashville!

vlcsnap-2019-08-13-21h36m34s778

Oakland, Maryland is a more populated town. Has a beauty of an original station.

vlcsnap-2019-08-14-10h04m08s349

Terra Alta has a tough grade. The Hole is particularly notorious spot. An ex: B&O locomotive leads in the snow.

vlcsnap-2019-08-13-20h59m26s395

Eastbound freights struggle on Cranberry Grade.

vlcsnap-2019-08-14-10h24m20s420

A coal train is doubled at Salt Lick Curve.

vlcsnap-2019-08-14-10h56m28s597

On the M&K sub a slow speed unit coal train is chased along the Cheat River. This goes to The Patriot Coal Loader facility. Here, a coal move passes an old engine house at M&K Junction.

vlcsnap-2019-08-14-11h27m00s488

Tray Run Viaduct is on steep Cheat River Grade.

vlcsnap-2019-08-14-11h53m48s359

Kingwood Tunnel at Tunnelton, West Virginia. Note the older and now closed tunnel.

vlcsnap-2019-08-14-12h06m42s975

There are numerous source tape flaws. Appear later in the second half of the second DVD. Newburgh Grade in particular.

vlcsnap-2019-08-13-21h20m45s629

A Railfest Special from 1993 is also shown throughout the show.

 

Q Tower at Hardman received an interesting visit for a moment.

vlcsnap-2019-08-14-12h44m27s838

East Grafton GN tower is closed.

vlcsnap-2019-08-14-12h35m59s467

Film continues to the freight yard at Grafton, West Virginia.

vlcsnap-2019-08-14-12h37m58s411

D Tower is visited. Glen Ringling hosts.

vlcsnap-2019-08-13-20h47m49s377

Not a caboose to be found. Exception, 1978 scene contained a B&O bay window, bathed in brakeshoe smoke at Bond.

Volume 3

Outstanding episode in the series! Iron Horse left no stone unturned, to tell the story of B&O legendary West End.

Rating: 5 Stars