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614 Revival - C&O - DVD
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614 Revival - C&O - DVD Greg Scholl Video Productions GSVP-036 604435003690
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It took the burning of a steam engine in the spring of 1979 to resurrect another one in the form of a Greenbriar class 4-8-4 that formerly operated on the Chesapeake and Ohio. 614 history is recounted as we see images of the American Freedom train and 2101 in action, which preceeded 614. By the fall of 1980 614 was ready, and we traveled east to Harpers Ferry, Cumberland, 17 Mile Grade, Sand Patch, Richmond, Balcony Falls, Clifton Forge, Huntington, Charleston, and New River trains to Hinton. Then onward to Cincinnati for a weekend of trips to Ashland to conclude the official runs of 1980. But wait we also followed it east on its run back toward Hagerstown, and captured footage by brother Randy Scholl on Cranberry Grade a steep grade on the west slope of the Allegheny Range. This incredible event is a super topper to an exciting video through and through and the first in our 614 Trilogy. Most of the footage is from Greg's personal film collection and these super 8 Sound movies were recently transfered to video with these results. Limited narration and live train sounds. Also see "614 Encore" and "614 Coal Trains" and our special for the three of them!!

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DVD Item#:GSVP-036
Runtime:1 Hour, 10 Mins ($0.39/min)
Producer:Greg Scholl Video Productions
Aspect Ratio:Full Screen
DVD UPC:604435003690
Shrink Wrapped?:Yes
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC
614 Revival - C&O - DVD
Nikhil Murthy (Washington) on 2015-12-15 17:58:23.

People who found this review helpful: 1

  •  5 of 5

614 Revival is a program that covers 614 on the Chessie Safety Express excursions in September through November of 1980. Here is a summary of the events:

The history of 614 is detailed extensively from the C&O 4-8-4s in general to the 614 in general.

September 19 features the 614 from Baltimore, MD to Cumberland, MD.

September 20 features the 614 making a roundtrip from Cumberland to Terra Alta, WV and return. The highlight of this day is the climb up 17 Mile Grade.

September 21 features the 614 heading from Cumberland to Pittsburgh, PA. The highlight on this route is Sand Patch Grade. There is even a tunnel on this line that is now gone since it was daylighted in 2011.

October 11 features 614 traveling from Richmond, VA to Balcony Falls, VA via the James River Line.

October 12 has 614 heading from Balcony Falls to Clifton Forge.

On October 13, the 614 heads from Clifton Forge to Huntington. Unfortunately, there were no actual footage; instead there were color slides in this segment.

The New River trips on October 18, 19, 25, and 26. The only days that had footage were October 18 and 26; the other 2 days only had still color images.

October 27 finds 614 heading from Huntington to Cincinnati. There were only color slides on this day.

November 1 and 2 are roundtrip excursions from Cincinnati to Ashland, KY and return. There was footage on this day.

November 4 and 5 featured the 614 returning to Hagerstown, MD from Cincinnati, OH. The first day is from Cincinnati to Grafton. The second day was from Grafton to Hagerstown. The second day is significant since 2 mountain grades are traversed: Newburg Grade and Cranberry Grade. The 614 is able to go up Cranberry Grade with no diesel assist and she puts on a good show!

The main highlights in this program were the mountain passes the 614 had to traverse. On the B&O, she had to traverse 17-Mile Grade, Sand Patch Grade, Newburg Grade, and Cranberry Grade. On the C&O she had to traverse Alleghany Mountain between Clifton Forge and Hinton.

The only downside to this program is the fact that some of the days were only shot with footage while others had only still images because the video recording equipment was down during the course of this program. But this was back in 1980 and the most-modern camera equipment rarely has these kinds of failures.

Additional remarks by Nikhil Murthy:
Narration: Could have used more.
Would kids enjoy this? Yes.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value: Good Value
Recommend to others? A "Must Have"!

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614 Revival - C&O - DVD
CHALLENGER3985 Nscaler (cranbourne,vic,australia) on 2013-05-07 04:06:57.

People who found this review helpful: 1

  •  2 of 5

the picture qulty is pretty avrege for its age but its still watchable.as for the sound if you want to have it play thru your suround system up loud to here the stacktalk working dont do it it sounds exstremly tinny and very echoye.but still a good dvd of 614 to have in your collection.

Additional remarks by CHALLENGER3985 Nscaler:
Narration: Could have used more.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: A little rough around the edges.
DVD Value: Overpriced for the amount of enjoyment I got out of it.
Recommend to others? Not unless they REALLY were interested in the subject matter.

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614 Revival - C&O - DVD
Steamboy (Revere MA US) on 2016-07-22 20:24:26.

  •  5 of 5

This 2011 DVD Was The First time that we ever got something from Greg's Private Film Collection With Super 8 Sound Film. Lots Of Stills, Music, And Narration From John Edward Hingsbergen (Which He's not listed in the Closing Credits) Plus Rare Historical moments of 614 in Ohio Kentucky & West Virginia That Was Finally Produced During 30 years in the making.

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

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