CSX 8 Baltimore Service Lane

CSX8_dvd

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 6 Pittsburgh to Willard

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Producer: Green Frog

Timeframe: 1990s

Locations: Pittsburgh, Akron, Willard

Length: 58 minutes

Source: Rob McCormack

CSX 6 leaps over to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The riverfronts and cityscape, are the setting for the initial round of trains. Pretty fall colors and wet weather will follow us Eastbound. The destination being the traditional hotspot of Willard, Ohio. A key facility dating back to B&O days. About 200 miles.

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This sixth volume in the comprehensive CSX series by Green Frog. Consistent production as the previous installments. Highly competent, Rob McCormack is the Videographer. Bob Carrera performs the professional narrative. A decent script.

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Seems to be a mid-1990s era. Plentiful, General Electric 3rd generation locomotives.

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Pittsburgh scenes are mostly panoramic. Visit is brief.

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At Rochester, a former P&LE bridge crosses the Ohio River.

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CSX 9000 rounds a tight curve at Cuyahoga Falls.

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BPZ400 at West Pittsburg for Buffalo and Pittsburgh. Using Rochester and Southern 101 and 103. New Castle Yard.

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The abandoned Pittsburgh and Lake Erie facility, a striking contrast to the busy CSX mainline.

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Chessie System power leads a short train. Viewed from inside SF Tower. Quick visit inside.

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Akron, Ohio has a Conrail train passing over this CSX switching move at AY Tower.

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At Kent, Ohio. This waterfall steals the spotlight.

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Chessie System paint can be found on a rock train.

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Autumn at a rural road in Sullivan, Ohio.

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Greenwich Jct. crossing Conrail.

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Unit Coal is plentiful. This train seen from SF Tower.

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Amtrak test train, with a cabbage unit.

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Was expecting to see more of the facilities, at Willard, Ohio. Maybe, his access was restricted. Little more than a yard lead. This local waits to leave.

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Engine 163 departs J Tower at Willard, Ohio.

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Another CSX move, on a yard lead, entering at Willard.

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Several cabooses in this show. None in a perfect picture pose. This shot will suffice.

CSX 6. Pittsburgh to Willard.

A well filmed trip. Contemporary railroading isn’t the most thrilling. The show is nicely done. Does contain some really good scenes. Bump it up, if you are a CSX fan. A fine volume to have.

Rating: 4 Stars

 

CSX 5 Evansville to Chicago

CSX5_dvd

Producer: Green Frog

Timeframe: 1990s

Locations: Evansville to Chicago

Length: 1 hour

Source: Rob McCormack

I’m Volume 5 the CSX route is followed from the yard at Evansville, Indiana to the Chicago area. Mirroring the real world, there isn’t a whole lot to see in-between. Figured it would roll this way. The extended time spent in Evansville, tips their hand. Endpoints!!

vlcsnap-2019-11-19-17h25m59s585The production standards are the same as the previous volumes. A couple of improvements. There is a route map! The script is a better one. On/off narration. Chapter Search. Narrated by Bob Carrera. Enviornmental soundtrack. Also, available on the CSX Special set.

vlcsnap-2019-11-19-16h35m48s056Return to a single Videographer. Rob McCormack. Improvements in the visuals, as well. Solid and consistent. The show opens in Henderson. Just long enough to leave town. Here, crossing the Ohio River.

vlcsnap-2019-11-19-16h37m39s346Doesn’t this resemble a Model Railroad kit?

vlcsnap-2019-11-19-16h47m33s729There are outstanding night scenes around the Evansville engine servicing facility. Very well lit. Top notch video capture!

vlcsnap-2019-11-19-17h05m06s288A cornucopia of additional railroads make this an interesting show. Soo Line, Norfolk Southern, with Toledo, Peoria and Western, as well.

vlcsnap-2019-11-19-16h54m10s104The journey North towards Chicago is every bit as unremarkable, as one would expect. Not much to do, or see. They seem aware of this reality. Small towns are covered, as succinctly as possible. Decent trains along the way.

vlcsnap-2019-11-19-17h00m03s429Here is an Indiana highlight. An old coaling tower, still stands. CSX 7801, C40-8W.

vlcsnap-2019-11-19-17h04m46s761Danville has a small engine facility. A GP30 in a hard to find, early CSX scheme.

vlcsnap-2019-11-19-17h11m16s238Things quickly pickup in the Illinois half. Gilman, is a traditional Illinois Central hotspot. Didn’t know that IC E8s came in gray!

vlcsnap-2019-11-19-17h11m56s950Chicago and North Western #8523. A GE  C40-8, leads an Electromotive locomotive.

vlcsnap-2019-11-19-17h08m17s414Several locomotives in Pre-Merger paint. The Family Lines General Electric has seen better days.

vlcsnap-2019-11-19-17h13m19s115Of all things. Who would expect a Green Bay & Western with a Kankakee, Beaverville and Southern? Alcos to boot!

vlcsnap-2019-11-19-17h10m54s500Amtrak has several appearances.

vlcsnap-2019-11-19-17h16m31s575You know you hit Chicago, when it gets cloudy, and the weather turns bad. CSX C40-8W, at Crete. Bet it was on a weekend. Why? It always seemed to rain or snow then!!

vlcsnap-2019-11-19-17h19m24s093The variety, picks up around the Chicago vicinity. The Southside is this CSX Gateway. An Elgin, Joliet and Eastern SD40-2, leads a Duluth Missabe and Iron Range unit.

vlcsnap-2019-11-19-17h27m31s375Barr Yard, was the former Chessie System (B&O) classification yard.

vlcsnap-2019-11-19-17h26m41s378Thornton Junction is a Southside hotspot. Indiana Harbor Belt, a common sight, in that part of town.

vlcsnap-2019-11-19-17h24m27s827A freshly repainted Canadian National GP40, nee GT. This leads a lash-up, of Grand Trunk power. Note the Operation Lifesaver GP38, in the second spot.

vlcsnap-2019-11-19-17h28m21s417Dolton, another hotspot. Instead of the ubiquitous road power. Let’s see some Union Pacific switchers!

vlcsnap-2019-11-19-17h17m39s967Not a caboose, anywhere. So, we close a CSX Engineer waving, from this SD40-2. Which tells the story of a wave. Hello or Good-Bye?

CSX 5 Evansville to Chicago.

A worthy addition to the series. The use of the better end points, define this show. Train variety is excellent. Solid entry for CSX series.

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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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A cornucopia of locomotive types. Predecessor paint scheme galore!

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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!

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

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The CSX F unit set on a 1991 special.

 

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

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Yes, Bill Price includes early diesels.

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Display map of Sandpatch Grade summit.

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Disc Two continues the journey from the summit.

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

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

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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Hitchcock Tunnel is a short one.

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

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Great spot to interject some vintage Price film!

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

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

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

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Eastbound freights struggle on Cranberry Grade.

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A coal train is doubled at Salt Lick Curve.

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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.

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Tray Run Viaduct is on steep Cheat River Grade.

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

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

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

 

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

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East Grafton GN tower is closed.

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

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D Tower is visited. Glen Ringling hosts.

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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