"Sand Patch: Part 1 - East Slope " is our 6th video following the Old B&O Railroad and surveys another historic grade climbing out of Cumberland, MD. Sand Patch Grade deserves really serious attention. The original P&C or Pittsburgh and Connellsville Railroad sports one of the most famous climbs in the East. Heavy climbing begins at Hyndman, PA then continues through Maxwell Brickworks, Fairhope Crossing, and Falls Cut Tunnel. Climbing continues all the way to the West Side of Sand Patch Tunnel. Other east slope points of interest include Foley Signals, Roddy's Sag, and a horseshoe curve at a place called Mance. There's plenty of action for any railfan; with CSX intermodals, auto racks, mixed freights, coal trains, grain trains and a passenger train. Come with us for another survey of a very old and famous railroad.
Again, we use U.S. Geological Survey Maps to help you understand where the tracks run. This video brings you the awesome sounds of mountain railroading. You will see lots of CSX coal trains and several daily freight trains, some special product trains, plus the Capitol Limited. So if you want to hear trains struggling against their tonnage and the mountain rails, come along with us as we continue our Survey of the Oldest Railroad in the Western Hemisphere.
BLUE RIDGE PRODUCTIONS spent a year chasing trains to bring you the very best in Railfan video. We climbed mountains and bridges. We hiked along the tracks with heavy equipment to find better ways to show you the sights and sounds of modern railroading. We've spent hours and hours editing to bring you these images and clean, exciting stereo sounds of modern railroading. In spite of all this talk of modern railroading, we also tried to find and capture significant artifacts from the old B&O that are used today to make the CSX right of way solid and serviceable. We've talked with CSX employees, retired B&O and CSX employees, historians and railroad historical society members in our attempt to give you insight into how the railroad was built and runs today (no interviews in the video). Come with us as we ride along The Old B&O!