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CSX on the Magnolia Cutoff DVD
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CSX on the Magnolia Cutoff DVD Highball Productions MAGW
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CSX on the bridges and through the tunnels of the famed Magnolia Cutoff in West Virginia. The B&O originally followed the circuitous course of the Potomac River, but in the early 20th century, after the arrival of competitor Western Maryland, built a new, more direct line with tunnels cutting through the Appalachians and big bridges over the Potomac. Join us as we follow this scenic main line from Hancock to Paw Paw, West Virginia.

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Runtime:1 Hour, 05 Mins ($0.35/min)
Producer:Highball Productions
Aspect Ratio:Wide Screen
Shrink Wrapped?:NO!
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC
CSX on the Magnolia Cutoff DVD
armchairrailfan on 2009-03-26 00:47:00.

People who found this review helpful: 1

  •  4 of 5

When the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad built the original line west toward Cumberland MD, they followed the Potomac River west from Hancock WV to Cumberland MD. In 1913 after the Western Maryland built a line through the area, the B&O built the Magnolia Cutoff to reduce the time it took to get through the area. They kept the original line open for passenger service until a flood in 1936 destroyed most of the old line. This video follows the Cutoff from Hancock to Paw Paw WV. This is a 16X9 Widescreen format DVD.

<p>The program starts and Hancock and travels west to Paw Paw. The line sees mostly coal, automotive and manifest trains. There are some intermodal trains, but tunnel clearances are not high enough for double stack containers. The video shows the 4 tunnels on the Magnolia Cutoff, and the Magnolia and Kessler Bridges crossing the Potomac.

<p>Narration is minimal but sufficient. Location and milepost markers are provided for most locations. The photography is very good, but haze is visible in many scenes (and haze is what you get in this area most of the time during late spring, summer and early fall). Fans of the B&O CPLs (Color Position Light) signals will find a lot to like in this program.

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

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CSX on the Magnolia Cutoff DVD
rrvideoman (Delisle Saskatchewan) on 2020-04-01 16:15:13.

  •  4 of 5

This line on the CSX is an engineering work of art with all the bridges, tunnels & curves. It's a beautiful stretch of railroad. Quite an interesting video to watch. I enjoyed this one.

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

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