CSX 3 Nashville to Louisville

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Producer: Green Frog

Timeframe: 1990s

Locations: Nashville to Louisville

Length: 57 minutes

Source: Rob McCormack

Third in the series. This one includes several sidebar visits. The main route is the original L&N Railroad. Not the most exciting line to see out there. Keep reading…

A couple of visits, help to add interest. RJ Corman had purchased a line from CSX. The Kentucky State Railway Museum operates the only L&N steam engine. Some cave visits really are off topic.

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The area is plentiful with Civil War history. Some of this is discussed. A large bridge, was the most interested story. This is not it.

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Well, with all of this side and background. Must be the mainline is lacking. To a point.

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DVD-R. Switch with option, on/ off narration. Usual, Chapter Search feature. Visual and Audio, consistent with series. No reference maps. Too bad. These little towns sure need one! The milepost statements are not very helpful. Obviously, we travel towards Louisville. Again, map.

Show is also available in the CSX Special set.

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The narrator is Dan Chandler. This script vassicillates between, fairly interesting and very simplistic.

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Those little red buildings. They look like a freshly built HO kit, on a Model Railroad. Proving, the prototype for everything theory. One need not weather everything.

The two CSX yards are bookends. Radner Yard in Nashville. Osbourne Yard at Louisville.

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In between is some Hill and Dale countryside. A unit coal train is chased on a branchline.

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Limited pre- CSX paint. Best of the lot. A former L&N GP38. Appears more than once.

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Union Pacific is seemingly on most every show.  Pre-Merger locomotive, check the trailing Seaboard System.

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RJ Corman is briefly visited. A pair of GP9 diesels are on duty.

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The light Pacific at the Kentucky Railway Museum. This 1905 Rogers built steam locomotive has appeared in full length shows. Unfortunately, it is paired with an ugly duckling ex: Santa Fe CF7 on the rear end. Lack of foliage, has things looking harsh.

The L&N has little cab room for the Videographer. The #152 is paced for a minute. The full shows with regular foliage, are the way to go, if this interests you.

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Onward we go. More unheard of places. No way to know, where we actually are located. Telling the names, doesn’t get it done.

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The Ft. Clark bridge is the big one! Better views of previous bridge versions, in still photos.

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The hotel that once served Mammoth Cave has it’s own story. The interior tour is overkill. Used to see that damage in Chicago anytime.

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Surprising, is the size of Osbourne Yard. Until, the narrative reveals multiple lines feeding this facility.

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CSX 3. Nashville to Louisville. So far, this is the weakling of the series. It is not a bad show. Surely tries to elevate into something more. Ends up a little off track at times. Rather unexciting overall. Call it a basic good. Next Volume…

Rating: 3 Stars

 

 

Big Boys and Brothers in the ’50s

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Producer: JMJ, Morty Farcus

Timeframe: 1950s

Length: 68 minutes

Locations: Cheyenne, Sherman Hill, Hermosa Tunnel, North Platte…

Sources: William J. Altheimer

Sunday River, with a remastered steam, and more show. Union Pacific Big Boy’s and Challengers are the stars. Additional: 800s, Turbines and Diesels. The collection is 98% color film, from the 1950s.

The single DVD is in a sturdy, plastic case. A detailed Chapter Menu. On-screen graphics. Technical specifications on display screens. A single map, with filmed territories.

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The remastered film quality is excellent! Clear images with fine color balance.

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Audio soundtrack is predominantly train sounds. The light narrative introduces the various locomotives. Trainwatching then proceeds, with the lively train audio. Some brief musical interludes, round out the presentation.

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The on-screen graphics are targeting the engine numbers. Several locations. The only area where the details are a little light, are the locations. However, it is along the mainline, where the big steam was operating in the 1950s.

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This show is divided by locomotive class. Further, sub-divided by types. FEF Northerns for example. There were three. Number 844 is an FEF-3. Detailed specs are given for each type. Above is 837. Inquire within…

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Big Boy’s lead-off the show. Individual numbers. Yes, fan favorite 4014 is above and below!

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There are Big Boys in a plentiful supply. Big Boy 4014 crew appears to be posing for the camera, as they pass so many years ago…

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Each engine he has, is highlighted by number and shown. Of course, an unnumbered section is included.

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Sharing a brief personal story…

My Grandfather worked for the steam Railroads as a young man. I was about 5 years old. I asked Grandpa, Did the steam always blow straight up?

Grandpa chuckled, No. It could be brought down by a heavy rain or blown sideways by a strong wind.

A little hard for a 5 year to picture. The above screenshot, illustrates his memory.

 

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The Cinematographer filmed plenty of pacing sequences. Steam and pacing, are a great natural pair. Two Big Boys above.

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Challengers are correctly split into the early and late versions. The early models had a slightly homely appearance.

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Some redesign on the late Challengers had an improvement in performance. The lowered headlight, was one element to identify and actually looked better.

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The 800 series are famous for number 844. Never having left the active roster.

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These big Northerns were meant for passenger service. Late in their careers, they were assigned to freight duties.

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There is a plethora of freight cars to see! A mine for Model Railroaders seeking period correct consists. Neat, clean and dull, boxcar red trains. Almost uniform, Pacific Fruit Express ice bunker reefers blocks.

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Turbines were number one for a time.

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An assortment of early diesels conclude this show.

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Sunday River has a fantastic collection, of Union Pacific big steam and even more! The remaster has it in best possible quality. Enjoyable to hear the huge Articulateds and Northerns, at work.

A must have for Big Boy fans with this unique footage. Union Pacific, Steam train and Railfans, should all find this show, a worthy addition to their collections.

Rating: 5 Stars

Montana Rail Link EMDs in the Rockies Volume 2 The West End

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Producer: C. Vision

Locations: Helena, Mullan Pass, Evaro Hill, DeSmet, Paradise, Sandpoint

Timeframe: circa 2014

Length: 2 hours

Source: Mike Savona

Likely the sleeper in the large C. Vision catalog. A spectacular last part, sets this apart! Postcards brought to life. This is an accurate description of the scenes, as this show travels towards Sandpoint, Idaho. One amazing scene after another. Getting ahead of the review.

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Here is the second of a two volume issue from C. Vision, about the contemporary Montana Rail Link. Long vanished, are EMDs in Burlington Northern paint. Shiny dark blue here.

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The roster is looking prosperous. Newer SD70AC locomotives. SD45 and updated SD40 class power. Some older GP9 or similar types in clean MRL paint.

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BNSF units are plentiful, as well. Sometimes in their own solid sets. They can appear in mixed lash-ups. Also, single rearend helpers. Odd looking as that is.

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The line coverage is complete. Where the MRL has many points seen with a train or two. Much more of the route mileage, can be viewed. Several maps are included.

The single DVD-R is enclosed in a sturdy plastic case. A detailed Chapter Menu. Choice of the narrative is on/ off.

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The Videography is top shelf! Production is first class throughout. The skill level of the Videographer meets and exceeds anyone, on the current scene. Don Grant does the narration.

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As a reviewer. It is also my role, to discuss any concerns. In this case, wildfire smoke is visible, in some scenes. Similar to inclement weather. The scenes are completely watchable. Nothing serious.

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Audio is natural, Enviornmental Sound. Professional production levels. Show is narrated. Focused on locations, movements and trackage. Could have used additional locomotive information, but not a major miss. The emphasis on train sounds seems to be the priority.

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Obviously, at a two hour program length. Only room to skim the surface. Highlights.

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The appearance of the newer SD70AC, Electromotive diesels scream, Brute Force! Perfect for conquering mountain grades.

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Even with those bad boys on the roster. Nothing is wrong with dependable second generation EMD turbo charged muscle. SD40XR.

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Luckily, this was filmed over a few years. A now discontinued local was still working. The Paradise local, as seen here. Also, another the Darby local.

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After viewing all the high horsepower diesels. Venerable first generation, Electromotive of LaGrange built locomotives, still get the job done. Some about 50 years later!

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Mullan Pass and the area, is often photographed. As is the Continental Divide.

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A surprising find. The important Gas Trains. Day and Night scheduled runs. Some pulling along with mixed freight. All trains have their symbols.

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Coal has always been a big commodity. A railroad stronghold.

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Far on the West End. The beautiful water provides many reflections.

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Sandpoint, Idaho is the end of Montana Rail Link territory.

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A Montana Rail Link caboose is faded, but completely serviceable.

C. Vision has this; Montana Rail Link EMDs in the West End Volume 2. A great release. The fantastic ending of the second half makes this a must see, for any Railfan who enjoys the picturesque side of Railroading.

Rating: 5 Stars

 

 

 

Twilight of the New Haven RR Electrics

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Producer: Green Frog

Timeframe: mid 1960s

Locations: Stamford, New Rochelle, Bronx, Van Nest,Valhalla, Montauk, more

Length: 47 minutes

Source: Frank Schlegel

The final years of an independent New Haven Railroad. Electrified operations are the main feature, on this 2019 new release. Small percentage of diesels. Several New York Central scenes. Brief Long Island Railroad, visit in 1962. This at Montauk.

The film appears to be of the 8mm type. All color. Good color balance. Clean picture overall. Handheld camera, with shakiness throughout. Pretty steady where it counts. Naturally, the train rides bump along.

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Green Frog DVD-R.  Has a detailed Chapter Menu included. Narration selection menu:on /off fx. No maps or graphics. Narration by John Osgood.

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Soundtrack is a combination. The movie projector background. You may have heard this before, on prior Frog shows. Musical background.

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Several diesels appear. As does this Fairbanks Morse unit.

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A nice facet of this film collection, is attention to freight train consists. Model Railroaders, will appreciate the many freight cars that are on parade. Forty foot boxcar car delight!

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The identification of Electric locomotives is good for viewers. Learn easily, if one doesn’t know.

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The big, ex: Virginian EF4 types are awesome, in the bright orange paint!

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EP5, aka Jets are workhorses. See one on a freight train.

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Familiar, as some still operate in New Haven McGinnis paint. The EMD, dual service FL-9 engines.

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MU trains, while less exciting, are a part of the operation.

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A fantrip had our Cinematographer, taking a grand tour via Grand Central Station. Proceeding on and out to New Haven. Also, a return.

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Later, some quick snippets at Valhalla, on the New York Central. Both New Haven and New York Central were powering the NYC passenger trains there.

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A visit to the Long Island Railroad in 1962. Montauk Point is way out there. These RS3 locomotives were switching. Amoung some other LIRR activities.

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A New Haven caboose in classic McGinnis paint. Uncommon on old film. As is this show. Not much available on New Haven.

A slight bump up, for new source in 2019.

Very good show, for fans of New Haven. Mid sixties timeframe is hard to find. A fast paced program, with a surprising amount of freight trains. Modern Green Frog processing, has realistic and vibrant colors. Handheld camera, but nearly all under the wires. Well worth it, if this is your interest.

Rating: 4 1/2 Stars

CSX 2 Chattanooga to Nashville

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Producer: Green Frog

Timeframe: early 1990s

Locations: Chattanooga, Cowan, Stephenson, Nashville, more

Length: 1 hour

Sources: Rob McCormack, Charlie Brown

Green Frog ups their game in CSX 2. Scenic Tennessee and Alabama territories. They include a mountain grade, Cab Ride. Visit a hump yard. See some sights, along the former L&N route.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee. That railroad bridge that crosses the interstate.

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Usual Green Frog DVD-R.C Chapter Search. This one has a glance, at a map. No on-screen graphics. Although, the narrative has everything covered.

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Videography is ace. Camera angles are varied. Imagery is clear, even on the modern, big screen.

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Audio is enviornmental. Levels are well balanced. Professional production, as one would expect from the Frog

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As with the other volumes, that I have seen. Some highlight locations are key. Cumberland Mountain is the major point, in this show. Radner Yard in Nashville, is another.vlcsnap-2019-11-06-11h17m05s455

Two bridges in Alabama, appear early in the route to Nashville. Both, CSX plus Norfolk Southern cross on these.

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By coincidence, a Norfolk Southern crossed the other bridge. Union Pacific in the lash-up of these mid-train helpers.

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Creative viewpoints are becoming a Hallmark of the CSX series. This one, from inside a diminutive steam engine display.

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Predecessor paint is within. Here is one, in Baltimore and Ohio blue.

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Checkout another. Seaboard System here. Note those curves on the train.

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At Cowan. The start of the run over Cumberland Mountain begins. Twisting and turning tracks are as challenging, as any mountain grade crossings.

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Even on a television screen. This trackage looks intimidating. Blind curves, sheet rock walls and twisting tracks.

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The original tunnel is 150 years old. Yes, we get it both ways!

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 three ways. The Cab Ride is out and back.

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The Radner Yard at Nashville is huge.

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Views from both the towers. These SD40-2 units assemble their trains.

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A second viewpoint. The SW1500 goes to retrieve more cars. The ex: Seaboard Coast Line… a little bonus!

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No caboose to close. This auto rack is not tipping over. Rather, travelling on a super-elevated curve. Looks awesome.

CSX 2 Chattanooga to Nashville. Green Frog, has improved upon the first volume. A good tour of the advertised route.  This one has included, that mountain Cab Ride! A winner!

Rating: 5 Stars