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Conrail Hall of Fame DVD 2+ Hours! Train Video

Conrail Hall of Fame DVD 2+ Hours! Train Video Charles Smiley Presents D-139
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This is the 1976 to 1997 story of the Consolidated Rail Corporation, widely known as Conrail. It was created from the bankrupt Penn Central and a number of other bankrupt northeastern roads in 1976. We bring the early years of rebuilding, and the later years of a successful operation, that surprised nearly everyone. Everyone that is except the committed employees and the leadership Conrail had during its four phases of existence. This was like a four act play -- with every element needed to make a great story that will be studied by business analysts and rail historians for years to come. The four principal phases of Conrail's existence each had a CEO from a different business background that helped forge Conrail into a valuable operation.

Our presentation includes many maps created especially for video to keep the viewer informed and to help paint the big picture.

Once the system was stabilized, Conrail started making a profit and they went public with shares of stock that repaid all the accumulated debt. By the late 1980s Conrail was now taken seriously. Fortunately, all this was carefully recorded for history.

This video has been created from the early movie filming and professional-format video material of three different rail historians each with their own talent and unique style. These are all visions you can no longer see along the rails of today. Conrail has since been divided and integrated into the Norfolk Southern and the CSX systems. Learn the plan that could have bolstered Conrail's future as a separate, large system -- but for a twist of fate. Our presentation includes many maps made especially for video to keep the viewer informed and to help paint the big picture.

We bring the former Pennsylvania Railroad's Pittsburg line, from Altoona to Cresson in 1988 to 1992, with all the intense action, grades and helpers. The line east of Altoona brings more action from the late 1980s and 1996. See a great mix of manifest freight and intermodal trains in many scenic locations. Then, don't miss the Harrisburg to Reading scenes on Conrail's former Reading Railroad line.

Consolidated Rail saved the northeastern railroad industry by lifting 6 bankrupt roads from an ash heap - albeit a colorful one - with lots of work and an identity of its own making.


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DVD Item#:D-139
Runtime:2 Hours, 20 Mins
Producer:Charles Smiley Presents
Aspect Ratio:Full Screen
Shrink Wrapped?:Yes
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC

(Niagara Falls, Ontario) on .

People who found this review helpful: 2

  •  5 of 5


This really is a must have. A great history of the Conrail with lots of footage from its pedecesors. The narration is informative, not "here's a train at the bridge" (no kidding!) Hence it is a bit of a documentary worthy of the History Channel and of course plain old excellent railfanning alike.

Additional remarks by Steve:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? A "Must Have"!

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People who found this review helpful: 1

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  •  4 of 5


Great to see Big Blue in action, but Big Blue was more than Pennsylvania. Not enough attention paid to the western end of Conrail. Ohio, Indiana, Illinois. But overall, a very good video. Well done.

Additional remarks by Hootex:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? I doubt it.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value:: Fair.
Recommend to others? Definitely.

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  •  5 of 5


This was very enjoyable DVD it show different phases of conrail,even has alco c
series in on part.


Additional remarks by kc:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value:: Fair.
Recommend to others? Definitely.

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  •  5 of 5


This is another high quality Charles Smiley production. I usually get any of his new releases as they are well produced and very entertaining. For my model railraod purposes, they are great references for motive power and freight cars of the beginnings of Conrail in the late 70's right up to the end in the late '90's.
I'd recommend this to anyone who follows Conrail and it's history. You'll like it!


Additional remarks by Trainmanjeff:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? A "Must Have"!

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  •  5 of 5


Excellent job; wish I had more informative videos as this

Additional remarks by John W:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? A "Must Have"!

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  •  5 of 5


Great DVD and a great addition! However, some information was left out including that Conrail owned the ports and properties in New York and New Jersey(intermodal) and Conrail also absorbed the Boston and Albany which gave them a connection into Boston, MA and almost purchased the Provdience and Worcester in the alte 80's. I feel this should have been included. Conrail, even without the purchase of the Cotton Belt still could have been independent due that CSX and NS did not have direct routes to Boston and New York. However, still a great DVD and a must have!

Additional remarks by BRENT:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Yes.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Good Value
Recommend to others? Yes.

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  •  4 of 5


Great addition to my collection.

Additional remarks by Tom O'Connor:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? A "Must Have"!

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