Horse Shoe Curve and Sand Patch Grade are two Pennsylvania railroading landmarks of enormous popularity, with good reason. They share long history, challenging terrain, heavy traffic, and innovative technologies. Pentrex recorded these famous sites in the late 1980s and released two outstanding shows, both of which are included on this new combo DVD.
Horse Shoe Curve Step back to 1989 when Conrail was running from 40-60 trains a day through the 3-track curve at this historic site in central Pennsylvania. Most of the action here is led by Conrail but Amtrak makes an appearance as well. The interesting mix of motive power you'll see here includes SD40s, SD40-2s, SD45-2s, and GE C30-7As. You'll travel to Alto Tower in Altoona, Benny, the Gallitzin Twin Tunnels, AR Tower, MO Tower in Cresson, but most of all you'll spend quality time at Horse Shoe Curve itself, the granddaddy of railfan locations! (75 minutes)
Sand Patch Grade Old and new technologies intermingle on this remote yet important route through the Allhegenies. In 1990, when our show was recorded, this former B&O trackage was known as the Mainline Subdivision, a part of CSX's Chicago to Baltimore mainline. CSX trains battled their way upgrade through Brackens, Fairhope, Falls Cut Tunnel, Glencoe, the horse shoe curve at Mance, and Sand Patch Grade itself. You'll see a variety of motive power including GP30s, GP40s, SD50s, the CSX F-unit, and others in an assortment of paint schemes such as B&O, C&O, Clinchfield, Seaboard, Chessie, and classic CSX colors. You'll also tour the tower at Hyndman where vintage Armstrong levers were still in daily use and visit busy SA tower at the crest of Sand Patch Summit. Sand Patch Grade, rich in history, abounds in exciting mainline railroading! (60 minutes)
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2 Hours 15 Minutes In Color with Hi-Fi Sound and Narration Full-screen (4x3) Format No region code; can be played in any NTSC DVD player worldwide Packaged in Sturdy Vinyl Clamshell Case ISBN: 1-56342-179-8 UPC: 7-48268-00462-9
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chris collins (fletcher north carolina) on 2015-09-02 06:02:15.
5 of 5
just watched this last night and this was great horse shoe curve and sand patch grade are some of the scenic places to watch trains in eastern Pennsylvania this'll make you want to visit both of them after watching this
Additional remarks by chris collins: Narration:Could have used more. Would kids enjoy this?Maybe. Image quality:Good. DVD Value::Fair. Recommend to others?Definitely.
Roesler (Curitiba, PR - Brazil) on 2014-12-07 06:57:29.
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3 of 5
The program shows a quick glance at these "highlighted" landmarks routes with a brief description of those places. Despite the "age of program", it has a good quality footage and the best of it is the "old 80's rolling stock", that is, IMHO, the joy of railroading. I bought this program in a promotion: a bargain!
Additional remarks by Roesler: Narration:Just enough. Would kids enjoy this?Maybe. Image quality:Good. DVD Value:Excellent Value! Recommend to others?Yes.
Another Pentrex highly rated in my collection. Sandpatch: A very interesting variety of Power from different fallen flags. Very impressive. The region is shown in near complete detail, in various weather conditions, like the region regularly sees. Only being an hour from Horseshoe, it makes for a great side trip and adds to the adventure of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Horseshoe: 1st impression of this segment was "to much right at the Curve", but after viewing the movie several times, it only helps to grow on the Railfan. Lots of Trains shot from lots of different angles. The region near Horseshoe is covered as well.