Producer: John Pechulis
Locations: Bethlehem, Allentown, Rutherford, Reading
Length: 76 minutes
Sources: J. Reck, T. Nemeth, T. Kelcec, W. Chaplik, D. Latshaw
Sampled one of these Anthracite Roads shows. This one features Reading Railroad. Seems to be about 1972 to 1975, based on the narrative. Very focused on mostly freight operations of the Reading. Some passenger, in the forms of: Budd cars, Push- Pull and traditional FP7 led trains.
Having a clear preference for freight trains. Took a chance, on how this would work out. Very satisfied, with the heavy emphasis on freight traffic.
Too much to cover everything. Let’s see some highlights…
The show has a detailed Chapter Menu. No maps or additional graphics. Added sound are train sounds.
Various film sources have been compiled to complete this program. Some minor variations. The ultra fine restoration process by JPM, has everything appearing in best possible quality.
The overall visuals are excellent! Any flaws are minor. The color balance is outstanding. All of the Cinematography is very well shot.
Mike Bednar provides an informative and colorful narration. He has a true, insider viewpoint. Knowing the train symbols, loads, and much more! Learn why some hopper strings are on the front or rear of a mixed freight, on the Reading.
Diesel assortment should satisfy most fans of the 1970s. First and Second Generation locomotives from: EMD and Alco are in daily service. GE U30C locomotives, as well.
Paint schemes range from: Original 50s, 2nd Generation 60s and 70s are all here.
Cabooses were a given. The RS3 engines were still in service. Although we see their fate, later on.
GP30 power always had that ‘hot rod’ look. More so, in the 1960s. Something, that only General Motors would come up with.
The GP35 would outline the design from Electromotive for many years to follow.
Give me a six axle Alco Century C630, with High Adhesion trucks. A man’s locomotive!
The late, dark green paint looked like a successful update for the colorful 1970s.
A nice inclusion. Also, not a common find. Several trains offer the consists. So many 40′ boxcars are still rolling. Model Railroaders- take note.
While we are it. What do loaded Anthracite cars look like?
A plethora of pure Reading lash-ups. Nearly endless.
Mike certainly gets a kick out of a Lehigh Valley ‘Snowbird’ shoving on a train.
Used to seeing Chessie System units in weathered paint on other shows. It’s a bit of a shocker to find brand new GP40s here.
Paired up B&O plus C&O engines, also power some moves.
Obligatory Budd car. Seemed unattractive. Funny, that Mike felt similar.
The FP7 was a smart looking locomotive, in Reading paint.
Checkout Rutherford Yard for a quick visit.
Wide Vision caboose. The best on the line.
This show is a targeted one. The Reading probably did not have as many trackside viewers, as the larger railroads. Due to location and it’s size. Here is a chance to be trackside. In the few years before it disappeared into Conrail. The show in this high quality is a must see, for those who wish to have been there.
Rating: 5 Stars