In Part 2 of our series on the Pocahontas Division we continue our visit through the coal mountains of West Virginia. Green Frog captures the action at Roderfield and then continues northwest through Laeger. We'll see a coal mine located between Matewan and Williamson, flood loading a coal train. Then we'll continue on to Williamson where we visit the yard facility and car shops, and see cars being turned on the turntable.
Next we continue our trek northwest through Chattaroy, Borderland, Nolan, Naugatuck, Kermit, Glen Hayes, Prichard and finally over the Ohio River at Kenova.
The beautiful Fall colors and fast paced action accentuate this exciting program!
by Green Frog Productions * Approx. 50 Minutes
The Pocahontas Division
Visit the coal mountains of West Virginia, starting in Blue Field, West Virginia, and working north through Mayberry, Switch Back, Elkhorn, Kyle, Northfork, Keystone, Kimball, Superior, Welch, and Roderfield. This trip takes us through the many moods of the fall season and through the small coal towns of West Virginia. Coal is the thriving commodity of the area, and the livelihood of its residents. Just as in days past of the Norfolk & Western, the Norfolk Southern continues to battle the steep grades of the West Virginia mountains.
by Green Frog Productions * Approx. 60 Minutes
The fast-paced action continues as we go deeper into NSs throbbing Rathole line from Oakdale, Tennessee, to Somerset, Kentucky. Watch trains highball over the busy track, through spectacular deep cuts , some now being widened for doubletracking. Most tunnels have been daylighted or bypassed, but trains still roll through Tunnels 22 & 24 & across the long high bridge between them at Nemo, Tennessee.
Included are a few minutes of train action on the connecting Kentucky & Tennessee Railway, an old time short line, and the affiliated Big South Fork Scenic Railway at Stearns, Kentucky. Enjoy vintage steam scenes on the K&T! Take a cab ride in the Big South Fork train, pulled by an Alco S-1 equipped with a steam Whistle! Approx. 55 Minutes
Follow Green Frogs cameras as they track down the NS on our second action filled Norfolk Southern video. Volume 2 covers the action between Debutts Yard in Chattanooga to the crew change point at Oakdale. In between youll follow spectacular action, including train meets... as well as the diversity of locomotive power so akin to the Norfolk Southern.
The train action on the steep grades, sharp curves and the heavily wooded scenery make this NS video a "Must Have". Approx. 60 Minutes
We explore the single-track line well hidden in the forested mountains of N. Georgia. Starting in Atlantas Inman Yard, home to NSs biggest intermodel terminal from here trains are dispatched to the Northeast, the Carolinas, Florida, New Orleans, Birmingham, and Chattanooga. See auto racks, double stacks, piggybacks, and Roadrailers race across this hill-and-dale mainline. Watch long manifests and heavy coal trains from Appalachia and Wyoming behind Dash 9-40CWs and SD70s slog up the long Braswell Mountain grade, often using mid-train helpers. Run-through power from UP, Conrail, Kansas City Southern, and SP are frequent sights. Our tour ends at Debutts Yard, site of a major engine shop.
Approx. 60 Minutes
BNSF's Gallup Sub of the Arizona Division runs 269 miles, from Winslow, Arizona to Belen, New Mexico. This is the Transcon, a very busy section of railroad indeed! It's now completely different, with lots of dash 9's in Heritage 2 paint and some new ES44DCs. There is still some older power to be seen,some warbonnets and even some UP diversion trains. Lots of intermodals, and lots of different paint schemes, another colorful railroad for sure, and a busy one!
by Highball Productions 105 mins * colour * narrated
Film from 10 contributors. Four are railroad employees. The list looks like the 'who's-who' of rail art and history.
We cover the Siskiyou Subdivision when SP was king of lumber transportation. The subsidiary NWP line features SD9's in the prime of their career with helpers and train meets.
All the other great locations include Shasta, Donner, Fresno Line, Stockton, S.F. Bay Area, San Jose, Roseville and Sacramento.
by Charles Smiley 103 mins * colour * narrated
We set off in October, 2004, to look for whats left of the Wisconsin Central after the Canadian National takeover, and this is what we found. CN seems intent on obliterating the WC & IC, but we found a few units still in WC paint, albeit a bit shabby. We followed the line from Rugby Junction to Fond du Lac, spending some time on the now double tracked Byron Hill, up to Winnebago and across to Stevens Point and on to Junction City. Fall colors.
by Highball Productions 120 mins * colour * narrated
This was the highest main line in the US with 3% grades and 40,000 HP trains. See plenty of manifests, coal, taconite and other trains. Colorful pool power, helpers and great train pacing plus all the heavy, colorful action in a beautiful mountain setting. See Power-heavy 100 car coal trains with 9 ACs battling the high altitude and steep grades like you'll never see again. THIS HISTORICAL ROYAL GORGE ROUTE WAS ABANDONED IN SEPTEMBER OF 1997. This movie was there to capture the last months of operation. Coal, Manifest and merchandise trains all run by the two cameras on a journey from Pueblo to Dotsero, Colorado where the line joins with the Moffat Route. We also show early the history of regional narrow and standard gauge development and explain the DRGW operating strategies right to the end of operation. A surprise includes a solid segment on surviving DRGW power on the Southern Pacific system into the late 90's. Included are GP-30, SD-50s, SD45s, and sets of DRGW SD45t-2's pulling on steep grades. The Tennessee Pass line is closed for now but you can relive all the action in this critically acclaimed beautifully shot 90 minute documentary. THIS IS 220 MILES OF RAILROADING FROM PUEBLO TO DOTSERO, CO.
by Charles Smiley 90 mins * colour * narrated
From the professional digital camera of Rich Scheid; we start at the Kentucky-Ohio border and follow the old C&O North-South mainline (now CSX) up through Columbus, Ohio.
We then head east of Columbus on the Ohio Central to the east side of the state following their steam specials back to Columbus, Ohio. We then head north from Columbus up the old C&O mainline to just south of Fostoria, Ohio on the current day CSX.
We follow the steam specials of number 6325 the big ex-Grand Trunk Western steam locomotive. 6325 is a Northern type U-3B 4-8-4 which was totally rebuilt at the Ohio Central engine shops at Morgan Run, Ohio.
Locations include: Sciotoville, Columbus, Dennison, west of Uhrichsville, near Port Washington, Morgan Run, Coshocton, near Conesville, near Adams Mills, Trinway, near Dresden, near Frazeyburg, near Hanover, Newark, Outville, Marion, Upper Sandusky, Carey, and Alveda, Ohio.
by GREEN FROG * 87 mins * colour * Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround * narrated
Join award winning videographer Peter Crook on an exiting journey alongside the Turnagain Arm of the Cook Inlet and across the Kenai Peninsula on board the Alaska Railroad's Coastal Explorer between Anchorage and Seward. On the way you will see the magnificent scenery as well as the trains, the wildlife - moose, dall sheep, bald eagles, and the longest road (and rail) tunnel in North America. At Seward, you will take a boat ride to see the Kenai Fjords National park, and it's glaciers and wildlife. You will take an airplane ride to see brown bear fishing for salmon, and an up close and personal look at the Exit Glacier. Full musical accompaniment and narration to tell you the history of the railroad and the area. This is a program for the entire family, one you will want to watch over and over!
by Highball * 85 mins * colour * narrated
Canadian Pacific through the Rockies & Selkirks
Join award winning videographer Peter Crook for the trip of a lifetime along the Tracks of the Beaver, Canadian Pacific's main line through the stunning scenery of Canada's Rocky and Selkirk Mountains. You'll see the scenery, the wildlife - bear, elk, mountain goats, mountain sheep, bald eagles and osprey. You'll take side trips to Moraine Lake and Lake Louise, the Takakkaw Falls, Johnston Canyon and Mount Revelstoke. You'll ride in the cab in the western hemisphere's longest tunnel through Mount Macdonald, and you'll see the trains in the spectacular scenery of CP's landmark publicity locations, Morant's Curve, Ottertail Curve and Stoney Creek bridge. There are spotting tips for the different types of trains, and an explanation of the locomotives you might see. This is a program for the entire family, one you will want to watch over and over!
by Highball * 85 mins * colour * narrated
Disc One covers the Illinois Central during the steam era. IC had some of the heavies 4-8-2 mountain types in the US and we see them showing their paces on Passenger and freight service. Also seen in abundance are 4-8-4s and 2-8-2 Mikado type locomotives, which were mainly used on revenue service. An abundance of hardworking locomotives seen at many location - a real insight into the IC. Some first generation diesels also seen.
On disc two we see action in the 1980and early 90s. Not only do we see Illinois Central and Illinois Central Gulf livery but BN, NS, Santa Fe, UP etc. A variety of power and consists on this busy line makes this programme a joy to watch as it covers nearly 40 years of the Illinois Central.
The Colorado Railroad Museum documents the history of the Ski Train using, film, photos and interviews.
After the depression, people wanted to get out and the first Ski Train ran in 1936. By 1939/40 the Winter Park ski area had been developed and the service became very popular. When America entered the war in 1941 the trains halted for a couple of years were back by 1947 and remained hugely popular especially with the youth programme. The old equipment became worn out and in 1985, under new ownership, the rich tradition was continued. New cars at $1,000,000 each were too expensive so used cars were bought from VIA Rail in 1987. A new three tier system was developed with the new Luxury cars aimed to rival the European Orient Express. Join us to learn the history and to see the trains and the cars over the last 60 years.
by Richard Luckin Approx. 30 mins
Nebraska in March 2004 had a sureille look about it. Snow still covered the wide planes and the long heavy trains marched across the bleak landscape under leaden skies. Lots of coal trains, some led by brand new AC44's, plus manifests and intermodals. Also plenty of SD70MAC's in both paint schemes. Join us as we travel to BNSF country east of Alliance, Nebraska and watch hard heavy railroading through the sand dunes topped with crisp snow.
by Highball Productions 90 mins * colour * narrated
Not a typical place to spend your vacation but a great place to go railfanning. There are great views on the East and West slopes of Curtis Hill showing mainly double, triple and four locomotive headed trains with mixed manifests or intermodals climbing the grade to Curtis summit. The shrill cry of the rock swallows (which nest in the red clay cliffs) and the sound of the trains themselves is the only sounds to disturb the tranquil green countryside. But the trains just keep coming, up to 60 a day use the hill, often in fleets. Although the East slope was made doubletrack and its curves eased the west slope is only now being upgraded to doubletrack. So Curtis Hill, Oklahoma, is still a bottleneck on the BNSF's former Santa Fe transcontinental main line between Chicago and Los Angeles, but not for much longer.
by Highball Productions 90 mins * colour * narrated
Many things are gone from the Montreal rail scene. The big (and small) Alco's and MLW's, Via F's, FPA4's and LRC's, commuter F's, flags, open auto racks, cabooses and hooping up orders. This is a much requested redo of our very first program, Montreal's Alco's, completely re-edited with some never before seen footage. Taped around the Montreal area in 1988 and 1989, these are never to be repeated scenes of big Alco's, every train, even intermodals, with a caboose, and most flying flags. Image quality is not as good as today's broadcast digital, but you can't go out and see this stuff!
by Highball Productions 70 mins * colour * narrated
CSX 13 by Green Frog Productions 85 mins * colour * narrated
A Story about Eastern Kentucky Coal
Join Green Frog through the professional digital camera of Rich Scheid as we visit CSX's Eastern Kentucky coal country. We'll wind up the branches to the coal mines where we'll see coal being loaded. Our trip also takes us along the main line between Paintsville, Kentucky and Elkhorn City at the Virginia border. Then we'll visit the coal yards of Martin and Shelby, Kentucky. Next we'll climb into the cab and ride aboard a set of pushers behind a coal train from Shelby over the Pine Mountains into Virginia. Then we'll ride the head end back through Elkhorn City and on to Shelby.
If you love big horsepower, cab rides and spectacular scenery and tunnels, you'll LOVE this video!
by Highball Productions 75 mins * colour * narrated
The B&P runs between its namesake cities using orange SD45s for power. Hauling coal and manifest traffic through the scenic hills and valleys of Pennsylvania and New York, these ex SP monsters put on a great show. Taped in July, 1998, mostly between Salamanca and Punxsutawney, with a side trip to the Allegheny RR between Warren and Erie, with a 3 unit GP38/40 lashup.
We visit Pennsylvania & Western Maryland in the fall and are treated to some spectacular railroading. Breathtaking scenery is enlived with a rich variety of motive power struggling with heavy freight trains in awe inspiring settings such as Sand Patch, Cumberland, Fall Cut Tunnel, Confluence and Harpers Ferry.
See Amtrak, freights with helper service, yard action - including hump yards, track crews keeping the railroading running as well as Ohio River crossing.
Whether you are looking for inspiration for modelling or just railfanning from your armchair this programme is for you.
by Highball 120 mins * colour * hifi sound * narrated
Fostoria, Ohio is the point that CSX's North-South former C&O main line crosses the East-West former B&O main line at grade, with Norfolk Southern crossing both on the former Nickle Plate. The area formed by these 3 diamonds is known locally as the iron triangle. Up to 160 trains a day pound the diamonds. Big time action with lots of leased power, former Conrail units, BNSF & UP power as well as CSX and NS units in new paint as well as old.
by Highball * 120 mins * colour * hifi sound * narrated
NS on the former Pennsy between Altoona and Conpit Junction. Triple track heavy duty railroading, and a helper district, with sets of SD40-2's doing the honours. There is lots of Conrail blue still around, including an SD80MAC, and former LMS units. There are a number of SD70M's on the property, all with the new style nose, some in primer and some in black, and some in the rapidly disappearing "racoon" or "bandit" scheme. A number of meets, including 2 three train meets. Loads of action.
by WB Video Productions * 58 mins * colour * hifi sound * narrated
New Mexico...the land of Enchantment and a tour along the BURLINGTON NORTHERN SANTA FE's busy, scenic Gallup Subdivision would not be complete without a close look at the wide open spaces of western New Mexico.
Previously, we've seen the rugged grandeur of New Mexico's Abo Canyon with its magnificent bridges and now, we push further west along the BNSF's New Mexico Main. The vast arid high plains and towering red cliffs form a breathtaking backdrop for the BNSF's new distinctive orange and green Heritage paint scheme reminiscent of the fabled GREAT NORTHERN. Also you'll see BURLINGTON NORTHERN's familiar green and white units, SANTA FE's blue and yellow units and of course, the nostalgic red and silver Warbonnets.
So settle back and enjoy this action-packed story of a modern railroad as it passes through spectacular scenery on the Laguna and Acoma Indian reservations in the heart of the old West. Photographed in 1999 and 2000.
by Machines of Iron * 60 mins * colour * hifi sound * narrated
This fast-paced program features the Rio Grande Zephyr gliding along its entire 565 mile spectacular route. Shot between 1971 and 1983 in all seasons and weather conditions, this vintage footage was taken from the Zephyr as it wound its way through 28 tunnels climbing out of Denver along the Front Range to the 64 mile-long Moffat Tunnel.
In addition to documenting all the famous mountain, canyon and desert locations such as the renowned Glenwood Canyon and Soldiers Summit, the photographers captured the Zephyr in some of the more remote locations along the Dotsero Cutoff and Gore Canyon. There are exciting pacing sequences featuring the classic F9s, rare on-train footage of the full-service diner, and the climax features the last westbound and eastbound runs.
by Highball 120 mins * colour * hifi sound * narrated
Trinchera Pass is on BNSF's Twin Peaks sub, and runs between Trinidad, Colorado and Texline, Texas, crossing New Mexico. The line is due to start directional running in July, so we paid a visit before it happens.The line mostly hosts coal trains, with a few manifests for variety. The tracks climb and curve along the side of the mountains before heading along the plateau to Texas. A scenic piece of railroad, I even caught a train in an afternoon thunderstorm, lots of lightning!
by Highball 120 mins * colour * hifi sound * narrated
UP's newest power working hard across the Southwest in New Mexico, Arizona and California. Scenic highlights include Steins Mountain, the Dragoon Mountain, the Maricopa Mountains, the Salton Sea and San Timeteo Canyon on Beaumont Hill. I've always liked SD70M's, but with the flaired radiators and the "Building America" flag paint, I think they are really handsome engines. See and hear them flying across the desert and lugging up grades.
Chicagoland Tower Views takes a look at thirteen locations in Chicago and Northern Indiana. Machines of Iron visited these spots in 1999 and 2000. Some of the towers have since closed.
We'll see Corwith Tower, Brighton Park Crossing, Root Street Tower, Ash Street Crossing, Gresham Tower, Vermont Street Tower and station (Blue Island), Blue Island Junction, State Line Tower, Hohman Avenue Tower, Grasselli Tower, and Hick Tower.
There are plenty of trains to see from CSX, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Canadian National, Canadian Pacific, Soo, Conrail, Norfolk Southern, Indiana Harbor Belt, Union Pacific, Amtrak, Metra, and many more.
Join us at Williams Junction which is situated thirty miles west of Flagstaff, Arizona.
Williams Junction is the point at which the Phoenix Line branches off from BNSF's transcontinental mainline from Chicago to California.
Whilst we were there this busy junction attracted power from CSX, NS, CN, WC, SOO, SP, UP and KCS as well as a variety of BN/BNSF/SF paint schemes giving a rainbow of color. See this heavy freight line working with great views, angles and shots to bring you current day railroading in this attractive part of Arizona.
DOUBLE FEATURE * THE CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR * SUPER CHIEF
by Richard Luckin * 116 mins * colour * hifi sound * narrated
Silver Tread Trough The West ! The California Zephyr.
Here is the complete story about America's favourite train. Travel aboard the California Zephyr and view America at eye level. This was the grand hotel on wheels, a veritable silver lady. A travel mode that provided scenery, comfort and high class service. Enjoy a meal in the dining car, discover what it was like to ride in a Vista-Dome hear from a Zephyrette. Learn how difficult it was to decide to terminate the California Zephyr.
Super Chief - The complete story about America's premier train. From Chicago to Los Angeles, there was no other way to travel but with speed, style and service. We climb aboard the Super Chief, the showcase train of the Santa Fe Railway setting the highest standards for all western passenger trains. "The Super Chief was the supreme American Passenger Train run by one of America's great railroads which will go down in history as a great monument to our rail industry."
Back in the forties and fifties the luxury route west was by train. Whether you chose the Super Chief or The California Zephyr you knew you would be treated like a movie star. We have combined the two great documentaries so you can chose between these two impressive trains. The scenery, the luxury, the interesting facts make this a time warp back to those elegant post war days.
Spokane to Portland
by Green Frog Productions 90 mins * colour * stereo hifi sound * narrated
The spectacular beauty of the Columbia River with its ever changing scenery can be scene thru Green Frog's professional railroad photographer Rich Scheid.
We will start out in Spokane Washington and work our way west thru Washington's golden rolling hills of wheat, visiting towns like Sprague, Ritzville, Lind, and Pascos, BNSF's division headquarters with yard and shops.
Then we'll cross the Columbia River at Pasco to its north side and follow the great river with its diverse scenery. We will visit towns like Wishram with its yard nestled at the bottom of the gorge and work our way west thru some of the most spectacular scenery in this country. At Dalleport we will see the Locks, Dam, Falls and trains with beautiful Mount Hood in the background. Next we'll follow the spectacular shoreline of the Columbia River Gorge thru, tunnels, past shear rock walls and from many vantage points. Then on thru Bingen, Hood, Cook, Home Valley, Stevens, Washougal, and Vancouver, Washington with its depot, yard, and bridge over the Columbia River. Then we'll cross the Columbia River into Portland, Oregon to the beautiful Portland Union Station.
by Green Frog * 60 mins * colour * hifi sound * narrated
We visit the St. Louis Missouri area and across the Mississippi River in the East St. Louis area with Green Frog's professional railroad photographer Rich Scheid. We'll see places like Kirkwood, St. Louis Union Station, the Downtown area of St. Louis, as well as some locations on the BNSF such as Webster Grove, Old Orchard, and Downtown St. Louis.
On the east side of the Mississippi we'll visit locations like Lenox Tower in Griffith Illinois, and visit locations of other railroads like the Illinois Central in Belleville IL., Swancea, and Norfolk Southern in Belleville.
Lots of passenger trains as well as freight trains.
by Highball * 120 mins * colour * hifi sound * narrated
Our most requested sequel! Taped between O'Fallons and Gibbon Junction on Union Pacific's Overland Route, this is the busiest piece of freight railroad in North America, averaging over 125 trains a day. Coal trains, grain trains, drag freights, autoracks and speeding intermodals all pound the rails for continuous heavy duty action, with loads of meets, lots of new "wings" and some run through power. Taped from dawn to sunset over several days in August 2002, this is big time railroading at it's best.
by Highball *120 mins * colour * hifi sound * narrated
Join us for a return visit to BNSF's Nebraska helper district, where heavy coal trains struggle up the 1.55% grade over Pine Ridge and through Crawford Hill's famous twin horseshoe curves. Lots of sound and fury as sets of SD70MAC's assault the grade aided by sets of SD60M helpers. You'll also see older power on manifests and intermodals, including former Santa Fe "warbonnets" and Cascade Green SD40-2's. Awesome action and heavy duty railroading through deep cuts, around horseshoe curves and up steep grades!
by Highball Productions * 90 mins * colour * hifi sound * narrated
We start at Perryville, Maryland which is the end of the line for MARC. AEM7s and HHP-8 locos are seen pulling conventional cars. Also seen are P40 and P42 diesels on long distance trains. Norfolk Southern has trackage rights and unusually we see a mixed train pulled by NS power during daylight hours. At Elizabeth NJ we see New Jersey Transit trains plus F40s ALP 44 electrics as well as Amtraks AEM7. Also seen - Acela express and NJ Transit with a variety of unique diesel power at Hoboken NJ.
by Highball Productions *120 mins * colour * hifi sound * narrated
Staggering, continuous coal train action on BNSF's Orin line in the Powder River coal basin. UP shares the line, and there is a continuous parade of trains. Lots of meets, a couple of side by sides, and 8 (yes, eight) trains in one shot, and even a broken knuckle. Some nice storm light and some glorious sunset shots, this is one amazingly busy place.
BNSF mainly run SD70 Macs but also some older power is seen. They have recently released some C44-9s for coal service. UP power is mainly AC44 and SD90/43Mac but whatever the power there are some seriously heavy trains.
by Highball Productions * 60 mins * colour * hifi sound * narrated
We spent two days at the famous over/under at Davidson Canyon, in November, 2000, when the wings were new, and in May, 2002 when they were abundant! We also caught several of the new flag paint scheme, and a number of the new flair 70M's. A special treat was a scruffy SP tunnel motor leading.
by Highball * 105 mins * colour * hifi sound * narrated
Continuing our very popular winter theme, we visited Marias Pass in January, 2002. Heavy snow and 70 m.p.h. winds marked our visit, and BNSF celebrated by dumping a westbound intermodal off the bridge at East Glacier on the Saturday night. We taped some of the cleanup work on Sunday morning, and caught the first train to pass the wreck. Lots of dash 9's in both Heritage schemes, and a number of warbonnets, plus SD40-2's, including some still wearing Cascade Green. Taped between Blackfoot and West Glacier, all the favorite locations including Two Medicine Bridge, Spotted Robe, Bison, False Summit, Marias, Java, and Essex, and the weather goes from sunshine to heavy snow.
by Highball * 60 mins * colour * hifi sound * narrated
EMD's F40 is the engine that saved Amtrak, powering the nation's passenger trains for 25 years. Now about at the end of it's career with Amtrak, the F40 soldiers on in commuter service, and leased to other carriers like CSX and the Ski Train. See the F40 in action on Amtrak, CSX, CalTrain, ACE, MBTA, Metra, the Ski train, Pandrol Jackson, in freight service on the UP, on the Iron Road with a chopped nose, and as cab control cars.
by Green Frog 62 mins * colour * hifi stereo sound * narrated
Go deep into the valleys of eastern Kentucky, western Virginia, and eastern Tennessee as Rich Scheid and the Green Frog cameras follows the Kingsport line of CSX--formerly the Clinchfield Railroad.
Enjoy real mountain railroading as CSX trains, many of them behind GE and EMD alternating current locomotives, move relentlessly through the Blue Ridge Mountains of the three states. Helper service abounds!
We start at Elkhorn City, the former northern terminus of the Clinchfield, and follow the line south through the fall colors past the Pool Point Trestle and through Clinchco, Fremont, Allen, Dante, St. Paul, Frisco, Kingsport and Johnson City to Erwin. Norfolk Southern also runs through the region, and we also see these thoroughbred trains in action.