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Mountain Grades of the B&O: A CSX Heritage Story DVD

Mountain Grades of the B&O: A CSX Heritage Story DVD
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This material was shot in 1983, 1989 and 1991 with a mix of video and color movie-film dating back to 1969. See a colorful mix of power and a style of railroading that is vanished forever. The Mountain Subdivision brings the last Western Maryland units in service. CSX fans will also see the early color schemes. Chessie fans will see lots of "tri-color" power. Additional color comes from several CSX liveries from the 1991-era.

The history of mergers of C&O, B&O, WM and Seaboard Lines up to the CSXT formation is reviewed. Early film presents B&O, C&O and L&N power plus vignettes of Western Maryland and the small WVN Railroads.

See lots of Seaboard and Family Lines power mixed with B&O, Chessie System and CSX colors in big power 'lash-ups' with helpers and meets.

The "Cranberry" grade of the Mountain Subdivision, and the Sand Patch grade of the Keystone Subdivision with its beautiful scenery, small towns and great trains are a special visual experience.

This is all color, digitally enhanced material, shot in many seasons by Tom Luckey. It brings you a lot of great action with helpers and heavy grades. Many maps have been made for this video to give the viewer a full presentation.
These are views back in time with the old Color-Position signals, towers and lots of great railroading that could only be found on the old B&O mountain grades!


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Item #:D-136
DVD Length : 1 Hour, 33 Mins
Producer:Charles Smiley Presents
Aspect Ratio: Full Screen
Shrink Wrapped?:Yes
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC

trainmanjeff on 2011-05-02 16:59:59.

People who found this review helpful: 1

  •  5 of 5


I really like Charles Smiley's productions. I especially appreciate the digitizing of the older videos, which sharpens the images. It may not seem like it now, but these videos are of historic railroad. Besides, I love seeing Chessie power on the screen again!


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

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MP_37 (Eastern US) on 2013-08-27 23:06:19.

  •  4 of 5


I recently got this and wanted to watch it twice to soak it in and savor it, so as to give an informed review. In my opinion, this program hit a sweet spot in that the subject matter was old enough to induce nostalgia, yet modern enough to be recorded with equipment that provides good video and sound quality. After some history showing the predecessor roads in vintage 60's film, the first 3rd of the program covers the mountain division to Grafton. Chessie System power really dominates in here in the mostly 1983 vintage shots, but plenty of SAL and Western Maryland units are seen as well. Good to see it with all its double track, signals, and towers and when it was till a major through line. The rest of the program is on both sides of Sand Patch grade. Most seemed to be shot in the 1989-1991 time frame, and that's a good thing. From Cumberland to Rockwood, it's one great shot after another with beautiful scenery and great photo angles over a well maintained double tracked main line. The trains themselves I really enjoyed: A great variety of freights. Manifest, pigs, coal; all pulled by interesting power, made more so by the era when it was shot. Lots and lots of Chessie, plenty of SAL/Family Lines, and the short lived CSX "stealth" scheme. A few of the then new wide nose GE's round out the motive power mix. The only misses were that in my view a few shots were compromised by transition music intruding on the natural sounds. The narration was good, not obtrusive, and the maps were excellent. I recommend this to anyone that likes fast paced heavy railroading in the not so distant past, regardless of location.

Additional remarks by MP_37:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? Definitely.

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bugnon (france) on 2011-01-19 16:33:04.

  •  5 of 5


love the place , and love Chessie

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

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MickeyP (Cumming, GA) on 2010-12-30 10:14:02.

  •  4 of 5


Needed more older video, perhaps back to the early 60s or sooner. Not enough shots of helpers struggling to get over the top, to many down grade shots. Much of the material similar to others that I already have.

Additional remarks by MickeyP:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? I doubt it.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Seemed a little high, but not too bad.
Recommend to others? Yes.

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