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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Battle Up Sherman Hill

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Producer: Bill Lambert

Locations: Sherman Hill, Cheyenne

Timeframe: 1950s- 1989

Length: 1 hour

Sources: multiple

Steam to modern diesel in the never ending challenge to move trains over Sherman Hill. The fabled Union Pacific route is where some of the largest locomotives in the world have operated. This original Video Rails show, has been remastered by Pentrex on a DVD.

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Multiple film sources from decades of time. All color and Pentrex has it all in best quality here. Original and added sounds that give an authentic experience. Full narration by Jim Knight.

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This show plays like a videotape from that era. It has no Chapter Menu. A single map. Simply hit play.

vlcsnap-2020-04-01-11h24m54s475Divided mostly, into locomotive type chapters. Steam, Early Diesel, Turbines…

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Hermosa Tunnel is seen in different years. This scene from modern era.

vlcsnap-2020-04-01-12h20m29s228DD40AX. The largest diesels! Awesome to watch as they operate. Brief cab ride.

vlcsnap-2020-04-01-11h28m15s965Some footage may look familiar. That depends on what the viewer has seen. This review shall stick to this presentation.

vlcsnap-2020-04-01-11h31m16s857Big Boys and Challengers are no brainers. As are the big Northern type.

vlcsnap-2020-04-01-11h40m18s251Turbines receive a detailed Chapter. They were built in three variants.

vlcsnap-2020-04-01-11h44m04s273Early Diesels are always of high interest. Many types are shown.

vlcsnap-2020-04-01-12h10m10s707Double diesels are rare and memorable. GE U-50-B trio here. 

vlcsnap-2020-04-01-12h07m18s842Passenger trains are those long streamliners. Northern assistance to Amtrak era.

vlcsnap-2020-04-01-11h46m02s309Other Railroads has some surprises. Burlington Route in this scene. Southern Pacific is the most common.

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The current day is the best appearing. Also, not as fascinating. Dash 8 and SD60 here.

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Battle Up Sherman Hill. Delivers the goods! About half vintage and half modern. Although that itself, is late 1980s. All is satisfying Sherman Hill route. Plenty of variety. Well paced and enjoyable show!

Rating: 5 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

Hot Rails Through the Twin Cities

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Producer: Pentrex

Timeframe: 1998

Locations: Minneapolis area

Length: 1 hour 45 minutes

Extensive coverage around Minneapolis and St. Paul vicinity. Multiple hot spots. A fine supply of roadnames. The amount of variety, is surprising here. While not as much as historical peaks, still a healthy amount of railroading to be seen in 1998.

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-19h05m01s289So many trains. Only room for some highlights.

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-19h19m57s997Some major locations: Northtown, Division St., University St., Hoffman, Pig’s Eye Yard and Dayton’s Bluff.

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-19h38m47s693Pentrex high quality standards. Single silver DVD. Master menu. Detailed Chapter Menu. Preview section.Multiple reference maps, keep viewers on top of the locations. On screen graphics, are often displayed. David Drui with a detailed narrative.

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-19h00m45s748Northtown yard is the first major point. Burlington Northern power. SD9s and EMD switchers work the yard.

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-19h36m56s267Soo Line paint is found easily. University Street, is one of many hotspots. This lash-up has notable Soo Line motive power.

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-19h26m19s355Canadian National zebra paint still looks good, on these older units. SD40.

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-19h23m57s379Burlington Northern on the BNSF mainline. The CP Rail train, is taking a turn onto Candian Pacific rails.

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-18h51m02s728A BNSF stack move.  Sample of the on-screen graphics.

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-19h27m23s973A Wisconsin Central move leaves Shoreham yard. These three SD45s are getting onto Burlington Northern rails, at University.

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-19h30m27s670Union Pacific 179. A GE B23-7, is an ex: MoPac unit. 

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-20h38m06s499Chicago and NorthWestern paint endures, on this train.

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-20h45m59s693Union Pacific GP units are not often seen in solid lash-ups.

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-19h49m56s486Milwaukee Road #261 is operating. A late Northern. The 4-8-4 is an Alco, from 1944. The Midway Area is in between, the twin cities.

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-20h11m26s570Minnesota Commercial has interesting power working at Midway yard.

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-20h13m38s232This Alco RS27 is a rare bird! They run additional Alco locomotives.

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-20h24m52s799Amtrak Empire Builder eases it’s way through town. Passing the Minnesota Commercial engine facility.

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-20h29m09s213Twin Cities and Western running GP20C. These are now Cat powered.

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-20h31m46s689Unusual grade crossing equipment. This Soo Line MP15 still wears a Milwaukee Road ‘bandit’ paint scheme.

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-21h12m30s940Pig’s Eye Yard is the last major railyard visited.

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-21h12m58s755Montana Rail Link, although identified as I&M Rail Link. At Pig’s Eye Yard.

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-21h21m18s500Burlington Northern SD40-2 leads an Electromotive SD40-3.

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-21h22m42s049Hoffman is outside Pig’s Eye Yard. Another area hot spot.

vlcsnap-2020-03-11-21h11m09s732The Soo Line caboose appears. Although in beater condition. It is a welcome sight.

Hot Rails Through the Twin Cities. A plethora of train action. This should satisfy nearly, any Railfan or Model RaiIroader. In the top tier of Pentrex shows!

Rating: 5 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