Into the Allegheny Range Volume 4


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!


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!


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


A cornucopia of locomotive types. Predecessor paint scheme galore!


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!


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


The CSX F unit set on a 1991 special.



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


Yes, Bill Price includes early diesels.


Display map of Sandpatch Grade summit.


Disc Two continues the journey from the summit.

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


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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


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


Hitchcock Tunnel is a short one.


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


Great spot to interject some vintage Price film!


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


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


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


Eastbound freights struggle on Cranberry Grade.


A coal train is doubled at Salt Lick Curve.


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.


Tray Run Viaduct is on steep Cheat River Grade.


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


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


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


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


East Grafton GN tower is closed.


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


D Tower is visited. Glen Ringling hosts.


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

Huntington Steam Combo


Producer: Pentrex


Locations: Huntington, Owasso, Lima, Cincinnati, Kenova, Hurricane, Thurmond, more

Length: 3 Hours

Sources: Dan Hadley, Stan McInturf, Mike Topham

Pentrex with a two for one show. Steam to Huntington. Huntington Steam Celebration. Featured locomotives are: Pete Marquette 1225, Nickel Plate 765 and Norfolk and Western 1218. The two shows combine for 3 hours of entertainment.

National Railroad Historical Society event in 1991. Main celebration at Huntington, West Virginia. The first program shall be focused on the steam engines, as they travel to the gala.

vlcsnap-2019-08-01-19h25m33s021Here are the high standards of Pentrex quality. Visuals, audio, script and editing are all razor sharp. Too much to get it all. Some highlights within…

vlcsnap-2019-08-01-21h54m24s647David Drui is rock solid, with a smooth narrative on both shows. The choice of which program. No Chapter Menu.

vlcsnap-2019-08-01-18h25m24s523Nice maps on both shows. Timely usage.

vlcsnap-2019-08-01-21h24m16s852Plenty of on screen graphics with locations and dates. A lengthy preview section follows the program.

Steam to Huntington

vlcsnap-2019-08-01-17h57m04s315Pere Marquette 1225 is the lead-off player. At Owasso, Michigan. This will be her maiden voyage outside of Michigan. A 1941 Lima built Berkshire.

vlcsnap-2019-08-01-18h24m49s711The camera crews get many angles. 

vlcsnap-2019-08-01-18h28m22s186A tribute to the Lima Works at Lima, Ohio. The two engines sound their steam whistles as they pass their birthplace!

ne31 Included this shot is purely for kicks! Steam rules!!

vlcsnap-2019-08-01-18h51m43s368The double-header continues onward.

vlcsnap-2019-08-01-18h49m13s516A restored Nickel Plate caboose, on this train.

vlcsnap-2019-08-01-18h53m48s425Cab ride aboard the Nickel Plate.

vlcsnap-2019-08-01-18h59m38s844Norfolk and Western 1218 departs Cincinnati, Ohio. The behemoth, articulated is a striking contrast to the Berkshire types.

vlcsnap-2019-08-01-19h12m41s798All the engines have fine pace sequences.

Huntington Steam Celebration

vlcsnap-2019-08-01-20h58m15s514The N&W 1218 appears seperate. Reason being the trackage didn’t connect to the CSX.

vlcsnap-2019-08-01-21h38m04s687Two days of excursions behind the lone 1218 are shown.

vlcsnap-2019-08-01-21h13m07s231Oiling around is a necessary and time honored tradition of steam operation.

vlcsnap-2019-08-01-21h38m31s810The 1218 is an awesome spectacle!

vlcsnap-2019-08-01-21h32m36s334The tail car on the N&W consist.

vlcsnap-2019-08-01-22h12m45s115NKP leads the PM on the double-header move. This is at Thurmond. A town that is frozen in time.

vlcsnap-2019-08-01-18h43m25s505The 365 is highlighted with some pacing.

vlcsnap-2019-08-01-21h52m14s555The main event is side by side running of these Berkshire class locos. Memorable!

vlcsnap-2019-08-01-21h40m28s532The NKP 365 was pulling a string of empty CSX Hoppers and this Chessie System caboose.

Huntington Steam Combo. A great show, that features a trio of classic steam locomotives. Beautifully recorded in the visuals and audio. Some fitting scenic areas. Perfect for family fun. One of the top Pentrex modern steam releases.

Rating: 5 Stars



Michigan & Ohio Railroads in the Late 1970’s


Producer: C Vision

Timeframe: late 1970s

Locations: MI., OH.

Length: 1 hour 20 minutes

Source: Fred Crissey

Take a whirlwind tour back into the late 1970s. A cornucopia of locations. Multiple railroads. Some rarities that are worth the price of admission!

Fred Crissey was a busy Cinematographer. He was traveling in Michigan and Ohio here. Using an 8mm movie camera. All color film.


A detailed Chapter Menu. On screen location graphics.


Plenty of handy little maps.Switchable On/Off music. There are no train sounds.


Full narration. A good script. Provides details on used locomotives. Certain train movements. Many of the lines. Probably, as complete as Fred’s notes.

Don Grant performs a smooth narrative.

Films are very clean overall. Color balance is very good. Well preserved.


The show begins with a long Detroit, Toledo and Ironton segment. A show within the show.


A scene of Street running in Ironton.


Fred also shows trains, in context.


He could do the mood shots too!


The early Conrail material is the bomb! Much better than some of the competition. The paint still appears new on several ‘cockroach’ repaints.


Former Penn Central F7A #1707 hits the diamonds. Renumbered in April, 1976.

vlcsnap-2019-05-26-14h56m20s749 Two Alco RS3 locomotives ,and a Baldwin. These on Michigan Northern. Rare film. This train is chased from Cadillac, Michigan. Former, Chicago and Northwestern 1617. The 2036 is an ex: Southern. 


Alexis Tower is a definite highlight! A ton of action.


Conrail paint is beginning to be seen.


Chessie System in the 1970s was fantastic! Unmolested blue units could be seen from both; B&O plus C&O. Fred found both leading near Detroit.


Try and find a C&O 5911 leading. A rare shot on 8mm film. Good supply of C&O.


Chessie System steam suddenly appears!


There is not much regular Chesapeake and Ohio out there. Let’s see some more. The 3575 is a GP35, in factory EMD paint.


Ann Arbor is visited.


You are asking. What about Grand Trunk? Only this one. Canadian National is present, as well.

Remember , the rarities in this show.


A plethora of rolling stock is included, as this Burlington Route box car. He sometimes shows the entire train. Albeit, the shorter ones. Model Railroader alert!

vlcsnap-2019-05-26-15h16m19s337In fact, he did it here. Check the C&O caboose. Enjoy all of the hard to find C&O!



A fun trip back to a favorite time of mine. The variety really gets rolling, and you never know what’s next. Much like the old days!

A solid show. Must see for 70’s railfans.

Rating: 4 Stars


Into the Allegheny Range Volume 2


Producer: Pentrex

Timeframe: 1991- 93

Locations: Cumberland area

Length: 80 minutes

Source: Iron Horse America

Cumberland Terminal and Vicinity. Iron Horse continues, with the second of four volumes. CSX now owns the former B&O facility. A wide variety of power and paint, on tap!

Complete maintenance of locomotives and freight cars. A hump yard. Storage yard. Crew accommodations. These are some of the features of the sprawling Cumberland Terminal.

A detailed Chapter Menu is provided. Custom maps are frequently referenced.


Videography is first rate. Audio is professional level. Post production is on a high level. Except the last Chapter.


Bob Taylor with a balanced narrative. Allows trains to be heard.

CSX is attractive to Railfans, with many old paint schemes. Check the GP30, in dual B&O paint. Model Railroaders can have a blast, with the Sunburst remants, underneath the faded Capitol dome, logos and lettering!


This volume is different, with contrasting interjection of some vintage film. Illustrates certain discussions. Nice!



M Tower is the beginning.


Trains are identified with on-screen graphics.


Evitt’s Creek Yard is next. CSX crane set.


Two SD40 are notable. One in Chessie. The other is the last one in original C&O paint.

CSXT Car Maintenance Facility receives a look.


R344 with a B& O GP 40


Locomotive Shops have an extended visit.


Roundhouse from 1916 still has several stalls, although modified. A rare, Family Lines GP16 enters said roundhouse.


Turntable area offers additional photo ops. Seaboard System is another sought after paint scheme.


Safety Stop at crew change point.


Yard switcher is dated as 10/92.


City of Cumberland.. Baltimore Street


Amtrak’s Capitol Limited stopped at the Station.


Viaduct Junction.


ND Tower. James Hotchkiss controls Viaduct Junction. Note those Armstrong levers!


The remainder gets off topic. It feels like filler. The further it rolls, the more it feels stretched. Do viewers really need to see inside a food tent?

Western Maryland Scenic RR gets a brief visit. An unnarrated collage of the best images. Turns into an advertisement for the Pentrex video. A straight commercial.

Railfest with B&O  Museum equipment. Plays like a collection of high quality home videos. Could not believe the inclusion of a food tent! Amatuer vibe now…


Lafayette is good material. Spare me the modern, black and white film.

Waiting for some excursions. Buried!

Troublesome engines and long segments of switching the locomotives around. Yawns…


After watching this boring segment. The train finally pulls out out of town…


This volume cruises along fine, and loses steam towards the end. The Railfest section is slow and clumsy, in comparison to the main feature. Drags down this otherwise excellent program.

Rating: 3 1/2 Stars