Producer: Clear Block
Source: Paul Geiger
In May, 1976 Paul Geiger took his 8mm movie camera to film Conrail. This is early in the merger. He visited many locations.
Another unrestored vintage, 8mm color film collection. The films are clean. Dark scenes too often. Nothing weird color wise. Good to very good, except for brightness issues. No maps or extras are included.
The show does have natural sounding train audio. The sound is fine.
Narrative is somewhat stiff in nature. Although, very busy and thorough. I see Paul Geiger narrates it himself.
Too much to get everything here. Look at some highlights. Generally, everyday proceedings. In retrospect, this was a snapshot of 1976. See what is happening…
Paul travels around Eastern points of Conrail. He will sometimes pan a scene. Mainly, this show is wall to wall action!
Check this Conrail GG-1 at Enola Yard. Everyone was in, on the special celebration of the bi-centennial year.
A grand Buffalo area tour. Bison Yard and Frontier Yard in Buffalo, NY. Tower visits. Buffalo Terminal. Historical aspects too. Amtrak E units are trading places here.
Binghamton, NY. and the Delaware and Hudson. BD Tower. Binghamton station . Lackawanna Depot.
As Paul travels around the new Conrail. He also films from a vehicle. Two for one shot. Kingsley Viaduct and a classic Texaco.
This one is for the Model Railroaders!
Early merger units may display a renumber. As on this Erie Lackawanna.
A cornucopia of trains! All kinds. Sans active steam. E-44 electric locomotives here.
A quick visit to Sayre,PA. and the Lehigh Valley.
Coxton Yard. Lehigh Valley RS11 is working.
Allentown Yard at R Tower.
RDC Bethlehem Reading line. Take a tour ride to Reading Terminal, in Philadelphia, PA.
Lehigh and Hudson River visited. Very quiet. Nothing active at the moment.
Maybrook Yard is abandoned. Unused since 74 fire on Poughkeepsie bridge.
New York Central station. Penn Central FL9 Poughkeepsie. Hudson River line.
Amtrak. Metro North, and New Haven. All crammed into the dense city areas.
New Jersey Transit. Many GG-1 led trains are seen. Even in black Amtrak paint.
Elizabethport, NJ. Central of New Jersey
Reading PA receives an extended look.
Reading fans will see a good supply.
Pennsylvania Rockville bridge is very busy. Paul does a fine job of showing us this hot spot.
A rare EMD electric demonstrator.
Altoona in the summer of 1976, is very busy.
Horseshoe Curve. These three GP35 units, contain key components of the new Conrail.
There is plenty of Penn Central freight moving through the Altoona vicinity.
Fresh Conrail paint appears more frequently, as the summer of 1976 continues.
Penn Central 6254 is an SD40. Compare with Conrail blue below.
May of 1992. Video update with Penn. area.
A solid composite, of the birth of Conrail. Consistent camera work. Good soundtrack. Well organized. Coverage includes quite a lot of territory.
Rating: 3 1/2 Stars