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Chesapeake & Ohio 614 Track Speed DVD
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Chesapeake & Ohio 614 Track Speed DVD Steam Video Productions SVP614T
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This DVD covers the excursions Chesapeake & Ohio #614 ran on New Jersey Transit in 1997 and 1998. It has been digitally mastered from my original VHS videotapes.

Built by the Lima Locomotive Works in 1948, C&O #614 was one of the last 4-8-4 type locomotives (called Greenbriers on the C&O) constructed in the United States, and also one of the most advanced in terms of design. All roller bearing - with an enormous boiler - and the most modern steam technology, #614 is an impressive machine, especially when witnessed pounding the rails at track speed as she was built to do.

If you've seen any of my #614 videos on Youtube, you know how spectacular these trips were, and how increasingly rare this type of mainline steam action is now. We see #614 pull 20+ car passenger trains unassisted at speeds up to 79mph on the former Erie Railroad mainline between Hoboken, NJ and Port Jervis, NY. This DVD features plenty of pacing (with some incredibly close shots of the locomotive) and many, many high speed runbys with unbelievable stack talk.

While Mark I Video's "Return of a Thoroughbred" covered the October 1996 trips in incredible detail, seemingly little video exists of the 1997 and 1998 trips. The quality of my video isn't quite on par with the Mark I production (they had much better equipment, and I was by no means a professional at the time), but the action is unparalleled on this DVD, especially the pacing scenes on Route 17 in New York.

This DVD consists of all my #614 videos on Youtube in higher quality, plus lots of extra footage and deleted scenes not available online.

There is no distracting music or narration on this DVD; just well-filmed and well-edited clips of #614 at work.

This is a standard definition DVD-R in 4:3 format and should be compatible with any DVD player.

Total running time is 91 minutes.

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DVD Item#:SVP614T
Runtime:1 Hour, 31 Mins ($0.15/min)
Producer:Steam Video Productions
Aspect Ratio:Full Screen
Shrink Wrapped?:Yes
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC
Chesapeake & Ohio 614 Track Speed DVD
Big Jim (Morrisville PA US) on 2016-12-05 20:45:38.

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  •  5 of 5

I bought this DVD to see C&O #614 running at mainline speeds in the New Jersey/New York area. Knowing that this production was the first DVD that this producer made, I knew the video quality wasn't going to be as good as his videos are now - but it is still a fantastic film. There are a lot of good high-speed shots, but there is a LOT - and I mean a LOT of pacing footage in here, which is tremendous. Overall, this is a great look at C&O #614's forays in 1997 and 1998 on New Jersey Transit.

Additional remarks by Big Jim:
Narration: There was no narration.
Would kids enjoy this? Yes.
Image quality: A little rough around the edges.
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? Definitely.

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