CSX 10 Augusta to Spartanburg

CSX10_dvd (1)

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

 

 

 

 

CSX 9 Willard to Deschler, Ohio

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Producer: Green Frog

Timeframe: 1997

Locations: Willard, Fostoria, Deschler

Length: 59 minutes

Source: James T. Koch, Rob McCormack

Volume 9 of the comprehensive CSX series. Covers one of the busiest sections of CSX mainline. Willard to Deschler, Ohio.

Similar to others in this Green Frog series. No Chapter Menu. A Chapter Search function. Selectable on/off narration. Bob Carrera with his usual, professional narrative.

vlcsnap-2020-02-12-13h46m19s555The show begins at the CSX yard in Willard, Ohio. A Westbound approaches. Two SD40 locomotives lead.

vlcsnap-2020-02-12-13h52m23s083A brief tour, includes some various maintenance functions in Willard.

vlcsnap-2020-02-12-13h56m32s128Out on the mainline, a signal bridge is being erected. A stone train passes, with orange MOW units.

vlcsnap-2020-02-12-14h02m23s142A C30-7 crosses at Attica Jct. Note the old NW position signal.

vlcsnap-2020-02-12-14h04m38s427Norfolk Southern 5041, hits on the opposing tracks.

vlcsnap-2020-02-12-14h06m48s182Fostoria is next. A traditional hot spot. 7765 on the point.

vlcsnap-2020-02-12-14h14m28s086A lone GP40 pulls a string of auto racks. They rattle like empties.

vlcsnap-2020-02-12-14h39m19s429Deschler is 62 miles from our start at Willard. An extensive visit here.

vlcsnap-2020-02-12-14h30m28s012A vibrant Railfan community in this area. The locals are filmed, enjoying a hobo style stew. There is a Railroad museum. The trackside park, as well.

vlcsnap-2020-02-12-14h37m07s824Some older B&O structures survive here. Campaigns to preserve them were underway. Former Passenger Station.

vlcsnap-2020-02-12-14h34m10s777Adding interest, the inclusion of vintage photographs in Deschler. Rich in history, a wonderful inclusion.

vlcsnap-2020-02-12-13h58m40s456A good portion of this volume is focused on maintenance functions. They may or may not, be of much interest. Viewing a turnout lubed, is in the eye of the beholder. Same with butt welding a rail.

vlcsnap-2020-02-12-13h45m03s775Fortunately, the remainder of this show has regular trainwatching. The traffic is a balance of: freight all kinds, with intermodal. Power is all painted in CSX. Except, the foreign roads! The Deschler Chapter elevates the program. Intertwining, current and historical aspects. Clearly, the most interesting presentation.

Rating: 4 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

 

CSX 13 The Big Sandy (Sub)

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Producer: Green Frog

Locations: Shelby, Martin, Dante, Coal Run Jct., Garrett, more

Timeframe: 1999

Length: 84 minutes

Source: Rich Scheid

A story of Eastern Kentucky coal. CSX from Kentucky into Virginia. Diligent video follows the routes. Cab Ride action. Tunnels, mines and pushers. Great scenery, as well. Third generation General Electric power, was found to be a perfect match for coal service.

vlcsnap-2019-11-30-16h00m43s999Here we have Volume 13. This Green Frog series on CSX, is comprehensive. High production standards. Chapter Search. No Chapter Menu.

vlcsnap-2019-11-30-15h46m43s247Narrated by Peter Youngblood. Natural audio soundtrack. Several on-screen graphics. Could have used more. No maps are supplied. Videographer is excellent. CSX 412, is a GE AC44CW locomotive.

vlcsnap-2019-11-30-14h50m12s649Former C&O tracks at Shelby yard, in Shelby , KY. Hop into the locomotive cab!

vlcsnap-2019-11-30-14h52m28s288A cab ride on , the Pushers. Quickly we enter ex: Clinchfield rails. Now, we are into Virginia. Riding on a CW40-8. The route is loaded, with tunnels.

vlcsnap-2019-11-30-14h56m10s096Dante is where the Pusher cuts off. This   was original Clinchfield northern terminus. (Looked it up!) Pusher set returns to Shelby. Each tunnel is discussed. Nice tour of the Clinchfield.

vlcsnap-2019-11-30-14h58m44s364Sandy Ridge Tunnel, is the longest one.

vlcsnap-2019-11-30-15h07m15s071State Line tunnel. Viewed from high on the opposite side of the canyon.

vlcsnap-2019-11-30-15h13m28s384CSX 420 exits at Pool Point Tunnel.vlcsnap-2019-11-30-15h10m02s456Pool Point Tunnel. This near Elkhorn City. Stone entrance, instead of concrete. Trestle over a river.

vlcsnap-2019-11-30-15h56m58s715CSX locomotive, with a good side view.

vlcsnap-2019-11-30-15h51m59s828Coal Run Jct. is a busy hotspot.

vlcsnap-2019-11-30-15h56m32s165Check the twisting trackage. That is old Chesapeake and Ohio.

vlcsnap-2019-11-30-15h57m57s986Down here, the local moves have their own names. Martin Creek Shifter. Pikeville Shifter, and such. They serve the mine runs.

vlcsnap-2019-11-30-16h17m46s188Garrett, look how the town is squeezed on top of the railroad. The narrow valleys often have limited space, for railroad and buildings.

vlcsnap-2019-11-30-16h16m00s112A big blue, renumbered Conrail engine breaks up the gray CSX army.

vlcsnap-2019-11-30-16h24m13s272Mine facilities are trackside. Often, towering over the trains.

vlcsnap-2019-11-30-16h24m21s193Brief and effective close-ups, of procedure to load a coal train. See one, see them all.

vlcsnap-2019-11-30-16h13m17s373 A pair of CSX cabooses are filmed too tight, for a better view. You get, what you get. Cross Tracks Safely.

CSX 13 The Big Sandy (Sub)

Green Frog gives an up close look at the lines. The Cab Ride on Clinchfield rails, really adds to the show. Very well done overall.

Rating: 5 Stars