Producer: Tim Walter
Locations: Poughkeepsie, Cold Spring, Garrison…
Length: 55 minutes
Remaster: Middle Earth Video
A new, 2020 remaster of a 1990 show. Have not seen the original show. Review will be on this, current release (obviously).
A single DVD-R. Master menu. Feature and Pentrex previews. Detailed Chapter Menu. This one offers locations. On screen graphics, with locations. No map.Peter Falconi handles the narration. Natural audio, for the main of the soundtrack.
Video quality is not modern viewing standards. The colors are very good. Variable imagery, as the camera adjusts to lighting on many scenes. Historical value is the consideration. Plenty to see. Checkout some highlights…
A tour on ex: New York Central rails. Ossining is the initial location. Heavy commuter traffic. Metro North is the local carrier. Amtrak is busy, as well.
Conrail B23-7 pair, with a Tarrytown freight.
Croton-on-Hudson. Worth a mention. The interlocking was still in service.
Amtrak has frequent trains. Would have liked to hear what the moves are. In fact, some of the trainsets themselves, should have been discussed.
The narrative is only as valuable, as the base script. Find the information is lightweight, overall. He mentions these SPB units. Never heard of them! Missed opportunity, to engage unfamiliar audience members.
Peekskill, NY. Here is the beginning of Hudson Highlands. The fl9 are in push pull. On the rear of this inbound.
Connecticut DOT owned these fancy, New Haven painted FL9 units.
Metro North had to be the ugliest paint, this side of Chicago’s Metra.
Breakneck Tunnel is a scenic one. Note the FL9 units, are now pushing the train.
Old building is a pumping station.
Checking out the River Line. A few freights. These are some long telephotos. Across the Hudson River!
Hey… Wash your face!
Garrison, has this often filmed tunnel.
Pougkeepsie, marks the end of Metro North territory. Also, the endpoint of this show.
Rails Through the Hudson Highlands. It delivers on the advertised tour. The fresh remaster presents it, in best possible quality. Old videotape has limitations.
The length is fine. Enough to see the highlights. Not overly long, to reach boredom. There is variety, amoung the many passenger trains. Even the venerable FL-9 model, appears in various liveries!
All in all, a good look at Hudson River rail action circa 1990. Nice to see it, in a remaster.
Rating: 4 Stars