CSX 15 Clinchfield Autumn Spectacular

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Producer: Green Frog

Locations: Elkhorn City, Dante, Kingsport, Erwin…

Timeframe: 2001

Length: 1 hour

Source: Rich Scheid

Final volume in this comprehensive CSX series from Green Frog. The former Clinchfield Railroad line is the centerpiece. Locomotives are now, predominantly AC powered.

Standard Green Frog production feature set. Switchable on/ off narration. Chapter Search function. Digitally edited, on state of the art equipment. All in high quality.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-17h41m26s765Rich Scheid with his first rate Videography. Peter Youngblood performs the narrative.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-17h24m49s703Action begins at Shelby, Kentucky. Right away, moves onto former Clinchfield rails at Elkhorn City. The Big Sandy sub.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-17h43m25s315Pool Point Tunnel provides memorable scenery. Above, is a pusher set.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-17h49m37s340State Line Tunnel. A long lens view.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-18h34m54s712Spectacular scenes throughout. Many various views of the tunnels.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-18h09m58s078Dante, is the location of the old Clinchfield yard.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-18h18m52s139St. Paul, Virginia. Here is the HO scale model railroad candidate town for the show!

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-18h24m57s159Copper Creek Viaduct, Spears Ferry , Virginia. Norfolk Southern has the lower line.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-18h28m51s025Norfolk Southern makes several appearances. Parallel and intersecting trackage.

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The combination of tunnels and trestles, show the challenging profile of the original Clinchfield Railroad. Still, a coal hauler a century after it’s construction.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-18h30m37s570Kingsport, Tennessee. The old Clinchfield Depot.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-17h57m16s027Here is a short tunnel. The Q manifest train at Gray, TN.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-20h34m03s489Erwin Depot is the conclusion of this series.

CSX 15. Clinchfield Autumn Spectacular. This is an interesting tour of the old Clinchfield Railroad in CSX times. Scenic fall colors are perfect. Rich Scheid delivers once again with excellent videography! Another high mark in the CSX series, from Green Frog.

Rating: 5 Stars

 

CSX 12 Pennsylvania and Western Maryland, Fall Spectacular

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Producer: Green Frog

Locations: Cumberland, Sand Patch, Harper’s Ferry…

Length: 84 minutes

Timeframe: 1999

Source: Rich Scheid

Green Frog with the twelfth edition, in their popular CSX series. Quite an overview of various routes. This one contains some of the best scenery in the CSX system. Fall colors make it even more desirable.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-09h59m30s740Consistent high quality. Standard Green Frog CSX feature set. Chapter Search. No Chapter menu or maps.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-10h20m42s613Very descriptive narrative by Peter Youngblood. Everything is reasonably well-covered.  Videographer Rich Scheid is excellent! Composition and variety of views. Only have space for some highlights.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-09h43m47s365Tour begins in Pittsburgh. Quickly moves along to Connellsville. A GP38-2 with a heavy transformer. This is perfect model railroad scene.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-09h48m32s816CSX and Conrail paint, at Ohio Pyle. A westbound empty pig train.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-09h52m07s461Meyersdale station in the morning with westbound  a Dash nine DC unit. Former B&O line.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-10h01m12s844An SD50 assists a coal train upgrade on Sand Patch Grade.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-10h01m57s471The tunnel and big cut on Sand Patch Grade.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-10h04m56s004An SD40 goes past the tower, with high cube boxcars. Also, on Sand Patch.

vlcsnap-2020-04-21-10h12m18s639A GE powered work train. Note the Maintenance of Way, Orange paint on the locomotive.

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Amtrak Celebrate the Century train.

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At Mance, a little diversity. CSX, Soo, SP SD40T.

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Conrail paint at Foley, with a grain train of Candian National cars. Five pushers on this heavy move!

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Falls Cut Tunnel and a leased GE.

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Corriganville , Maryland provides a picturesque backdrop.

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Cumberland has the Western Maryland Scenic Railway. This is a sixteen mile tourist line. Steam locomotive on this scene.

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Back onto CSX rails. This is at the Narrows. Amtrak slips by a CSX freight train.

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Cumberland with some brief scenes of the yard and town.

Kessler Bridge on the Magnolia Cut-off. No, you will have to see another CSX volume, to tour this fantastic area.

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A final train at Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia is an odd choice to close. No fall colors here. Only a single freight at this historic site.

CSX 12 is surely one of the best in the series! All of the trains are nicely shot. Great scenery is the main highlight. Although, the trains are always front and center. A good script and fast paced action. Green Frog with a top shelf release!

Rating: 5 Stars

 

 

 

 

 

CSX 11 Greenwood to Atlanta

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Producer: Green Frog

Locations: Greenwood, Abbeville

Timeframe: 1999

Length: 1 hour

Sources: James T. Koch, John M. Koch

In Volume 11, we continue from Greenwood to Atlanta. This is the Abbeville sub. Former Seaboard Airline Railway, is 150 miles long.

vlcsnap-2020-04-02-14h09m58s128The setup is consistent with the others in this series. On-screen graphics. No maps. Full narration by Bob Carrera. Switchable narrative to on/off. Good script. High production standards. Professional videography.

vlcsnap-2020-04-02-14h10m27s053There is busy Maxwell yard at the beginning. Various moves come and go. An engine is swapped out.

vlcsnap-2020-04-02-14h18m08s772CSX Q211 stops at Abbeville. A crew change point. 8184 leads the Norfolk Southern units.

vlcsnap-2020-04-02-14h44m35s652Assorted meets and switching along this single track route.

vlcsnap-2020-04-02-15h09m10s865CSX 7722 leads on undulating trackage near Bogart.

vlcsnap-2020-04-02-15h16m00s230A C30-7 is paced near Dacula. An unedited pace is part of the bonus.

vlcsnap-2020-04-02-15h25m11s864The modern tour stops short of the city. 

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Older footage, that features the former New Georgia Railroad wraps up this show. This steam engine was part of that operation.

CSX 11. Greenwood to Atlanta. Another solid entry in this extensive series! Each territory has it’s own flavor. Green Frog, then creates an appropriate show. The single track main is average. By adding in, meets and switching, they increase the interest. The additional older footage is another point of interest. The bonus footage is out takes. What some release as part of a main feature. Here’s to Green Frog quality!

Rating: 4 Stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

Early CSX: Changing Times on the West End

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Producer: Mary McPherson

Timeframe: 1985- 2000

Locations: Salem, Mt. Vernon,Odin, E. Louis,

Length: 1 hour 45 minutes

Source: George Redmond

Another entry in The Heritage Series by Diverging Clear. Somewhat, rarer material that has predecessor CSX paint in good quantity. Although in the later years, more normal CSX is present. Historical value is obvious. Non existent scenes are here.

vlcsnap-2020-03-19-12h38m15s441George Redmond video is the show source. A single DVD-R. A numbered Chapter Menu. Plenty of location graphics. No maps. Natural, enviornmental audio.

vlcsnap-2020-03-19-10h52m07s249Mary McPherson with a relaxed narrative. Colors are weaker than similar, Heritage recent releases. Picture quality is ranging from good to very good. Realize, these are earlier years. Equipment limitations on original lighting and videotape aging, effect the results. Still, everything is watchable. Nothing too weird. A bit green or yellow sometimes.

vlcsnap-2020-03-19-10h52m32s372Story begins at a now, disappeared yard in East St. Louis. Check that blue  B&O switcher.

vlcsnap-2020-03-19-10h54m47s712A GE U-30-B departs E. St. Louis yard in 1985.

vlcsnap-2020-03-19-11h13m22s995Still wearing Seaboard Coast Line paint. GP38 #2541, is paced to Delafield Illinois. Videography apprears better, in later years.

vlcsnap-2020-03-19-11h22m06s316At Mount Vernon. Action in 1988 and 1990.

vlcsnap-2020-03-19-11h54m01s882Ashley scenes shot in September, 2000. This train goes to Nashville. Switch the grain elevator. Long segment. A GP40 and modified GP30.

vlcsnap-2020-03-19-12h08m25s022Salem in 1985. GP35 C&O 3584 and the 6593, work some cars here. Former C&EI trackage. Union Pacific interchange.

vlcsnap-2020-03-19-12h08m09s562Let’s eyeball that B&O 6593.. Nice!

vlcsnap-2020-03-19-11h23m57s873Salem crossing has numerous trains.

vlcsnap-2020-03-19-12h36m11s557Odin has newer CSX locomotives. Salem shows even more. Too much repeition on these C40 units, for me.

vlcsnap-2020-03-19-12h43m11s019Back at Salem crossing. Relief with different power. Foreign locomotives seen: Santa Fe, Southern Pacific, and Conrail.

vlcsnap-2020-03-19-12h57m15s837Operation Redblock livery on this GP38. At Vincennes, IN. with a local.

vlcsnap-2020-03-19-11h29m47s690Seaboard System and Family Lines, are found in the earlier years. In 1985, some cabooses. Note the rare, GP16 on the lead.

vlcsnap-2020-03-19-11h26m26s940Pretty typical, for a Diverging Clear, Heritage Series. It does contain some  harder to find, circa 1985 and 1991 action. Those scenes are the highlights of this show. Remainder is dominant CSX gray. This is where I would have cut film, in a major fashion.

vlcsnap-2020-03-19-11h33m29s725A Family Lines caboose, wears SBD reporting marks. Bet you thought it would be a Chessie System!

I am not much for repetion. She is the opposite. So, depending on your point of view. Too long or never enough, timewise.

Being the reviewer. I will perform my role. Runs too long. There are good nuggets. So, worthy for those. If you like early CSX, it’s in there.

Rating: 3 Stars

Magnolia Cut-Off of the CSX

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Producer: Green Frog

Timeframe: 1992

Locations: Carothers, Stuart, Randolph, Graham tunnels, Magnolia Bridge…

Length: 59 minutes

Source: Steve Neff

This original Baltimore and Ohio line was constructed along the Potomac River. Magnolia Cut-Off is a more efficient route. Completed in 1914. The river line has since been removed. Cut-Off is over 5 miles shorter, than that first route.

vlcsnap-2020-03-09-10h44m14s224Coverage ranges from; Paw Paw to HO Tower at Orleans Cross Road. Shot in 1992.

vlcsnap-2020-03-09-11h28m27s789A DVD-R. Chapter Search. Switchable narration. A map. No additional graphics. Bob Carrera narrates, a well written script. Balance of the audio is enviornmental. High Green Frog standards.

vlcsnap-2020-03-09-10h48m17s252SD 50 8585 exits Carothers Tunnel.

vlcsnap-2020-03-09-10h52m35s004Symbol freight S347. This is a second section. Note the old B&O position signal lights.

vlcsnap-2020-03-09-11h04m06s704Rare General Electric, U-30-C exits Graham tunnel. This is a Military move.

vlcsnap-2020-03-09-11h24m47s528A great scene. Captures the grade and some twisting trackage.

vlcsnap-2020-03-09-11h31m12s593Do yourself a favor. Look at the locomotive lash-ups. Interesting units, are often buried in the rear. A couple of GP30s and a Seaboard System switcher, are in this train.

vlcsnap-2020-03-09-11h10m07s984Three in Chessie paint, lead over Magnolia Bridge. B&O and C&O lettered Chessie System locomotives, are still found in 1992.

vlcsnap-2020-03-09-11h12m35s013At Stuart a gray ghost painted unit. Train is Q375. Heading is Westbound.

vlcsnap-2020-03-09-10h55m39s899The opposite portal at Stuart Tunnel. Train Q376.

vlcsnap-2020-03-09-11h05m36s662Before CSX had the locomotives all wearing yellow painted ends. Train R342.A pair of GP40 units, with a beat up Family Lines GP38.

vlcsnap-2020-03-09-11h40m51s025Amtrak number 30 makes several appearances.

vlcsnap-2020-03-09-11h20m43s432R135. Randolph Tunnel and Potomac River.

vlcsnap-2020-03-09-11h33m49s357Pre-merger paint! B&O with a Family Lines.

vlcsnap-2020-03-09-10h58m12s099The Concrete Wall is an awesome construction fest. CSX locomotives are in a good variety in 1992 here. All 2nd and 3rd generation.

vlcsnap-2020-03-09-11h38m04s608This Chessie engine at a meet, with another CSX freight.

vlcsnap-2020-03-09-11h33m03s694Conrail has some run through power.

vlcsnap-2020-03-09-11h40m11s790Although less on special scenery, the East End is still busy. Nearing the end of the Cut-Off route.

vlcsnap-2020-03-09-13h04m29s818A CSX work train trundles through the small yard at HO Tower. This area begins the conclusion of this program.

vlcsnap-2020-03-09-11h41m51s301Magnolia Cut-Off of the CSX. An excellent visit to this territory! The Videographer gets the highlights. In just under an hour, a highly satisfying look, at one of the most scenic routes in the United States. One of the top programs, in the Green Frog CSX catalog. Do not miss this one!

Rating: 5 Stars