Locations: Lynchburg to Kenova
Length: 1 hour 40 minutes
Source: Chester Kumada
Self guided tour of the given route. Third generation CSX locomotives. Unit coal trains. Not much in the way of variety. The most interesting aspect is the history. Yet, nothing is learned.
A major flaw. This show is advertised as ‘Narrated’. The terminology of narration. Commonly refers to a voiceover that is present throughout the program.
Here, a limited bit of talk, at the beginning. After that brief portion. The remaining 90 minutes are NOT narrated!
A single route map. One look is all that is given.
The edits are rough, in too many spots. Contributed uncomfortable viewing session. Hard on the eyesight.
A small horizontal distortion bar is present at the bottom of the screen. Always there.
Audio is whatever the High 8 Videocam recorded. Unedited. Including, the cameraman getting hassled to give some identification info!
The dark paint is seen at Lynchburg, Virginia.
Wind noise gets too loud at times. This should have been edited, in the Post production.
The show plays like a raw video. The show contains some normal video flaws. Nothing to be a big concern. Just like watching a tape.
Chester uses his camera as handheld. A fairly, steady hand. Although, there are shaky scenes. A little trimming could have smoothed some of this out of the show.
A wasted opportunity to explore some history of the locations. Sometimes, a bit of signage designated a location. Otherwise, your guess is good as mine.
Unit coal trains are as thrilling as watching paint dry. They could have discussed, the various moves and the companies involved. At the very least.
Clifton Forge has a large yard. Now, there is a subject! Speaking of narration. This ex:B&O GP40 is cutout of the lash-up on a coal train. Dropped at the yard. No details.
Chester gets a great view at this empty move!
Here is an: almost but no cigar, GP30. A road slug. CSX 2211.
A couple of Amtrak scenes. One at the platform is The Cardinal. The Public Address via the video microphone.
Ohio River, is a shortline involving coal hoppers. An NW2 and an old Centercab diesel, are performing the mindless switching. No description= mindless.
We are at the end of the show. A bit of logic. Must be Kenova, West Virginia. I have seen that Norfolk and Western trestle, in old films.
The final tally is a weak result. Lack of narration is a huge downfall. As are the other production flaws. This becomes a drag.
A regular narrative could have made a big difference. Therefore, the lower rating.
Rating: 2 1/2 Stars