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Hancock, West Virginia to Cumberland, Maryland

In the early 1990s, Iron Horse America set out to document CSX railroading on the former Baltimore & Ohio mainlines crossing the Allegheny Mountains of the eastern United States. The result was a 4-volume video collection filled with over eleven hours of dramatic coverage.

Volume 1, which was filmed in cooperation with CSX and released on VHS in 1994, takes you on an extensive tour of the CSX mainline that follows the Potomac River between Hancock, West Virginia and Cumberland, Maryland. This busy ex-B&O double-track mainline twists its way through the spectacular valleys and hills of the Alleghenies.

The highlight of our tour is the astonishing Magnolia Cutoff on an incredible piece of railroad engineering. Four double-track tunnels, two huge bridges, several massive cuts and fills, and a pair of gigantic retaining walls enabled the B&O to gain passage through the Green Ridge of the Alleghenies between Orleans Crossing and Okonoko, West Virginia. This fantastic region, with its beautiful scenery and heavy train traffic, has long been a favorite railfan site.

The entire 55-mile route is covered in fascinating detail through all four seasons. You"ll enjoy the sights and sounds of hundreds of trains working through sun, sleet, and snow in this exciting presentation, now available on DVD!

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Chapter Menu provides instant access to program segments.

3 Hour

Cumberland, Maryland Over 150 years ago, the B&O Railroad reached Cumberland, located strategically at the eastern base of the Allegheny Mountains, and constructed a large terminal there to support operations over its two legendary grades: the West End and Sand Patch.

In 1992-1993, Iron Horse America visited Cumberland Terminal to document B&O'ssuccessor, CSX Transportation. The result is an in-depth, inside view of active railroad towers, hump yard operations, the freight car maintenance shop, and the locomotive servicing complex. Interspersed with this detailed look at the terminal, you ll also see bustling mainline action in the town of Cumberland. A variety of trains pass through and are switched at the Baltimore Street Interlocking. At the same time, CSX F-units are preparing an excursion train for a trip over the mountains. You re even treated to a ride behind a steam locomotive as the town celebrates the Terminal's150th Anniversary! You can expect a fascinating tour of B&O'sfamous terminal and a fast-paced conclusion as you visit Cumberland, Maryland in Volume 2 of our Into The Allegheny Range series!

DVD Special Feature:

* Chapter Menus provides instant access to program segments.

1 Hour 20 Minutes In Color with stereo Sound and Narration

The West End has been called the toughest mountain railroad in the Eastern United States. This legendary route crosses the eastern Continental Divide from Cumberland, Maryland to Grafton, West Virginia. Four steep grades of up to 2.8 percent make helper engines necessary over an incredible 66 mile district. Once the domain of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, the West End, also known as the Mountain Subdivision, is now owned by CSX Transportation.

Travel along all 101 miles of the Mountain Subdivision with Iron Horse America. You'll see nonstop freight action from trackside and in the cab from Cumberland to Grafton. Coal trains and mixed freights look fantastic battling the grades of the Allegheny Mountains in late fall and early spring, but the highlight of the show is incredible winter footage. You'll see winter railroading at its toughest as CSX keeps freight moving in spite of heavy blizzards.

This two-disc set, which was shot in cooperation with CSX, brings you the fantastic sights and sounds of Allegheny Mountain railroading - long, heavy trains grinding towards the summits, helper engines at full throttle, and twisting mountain curves.

DVD Special Feature: Chapter Menus provides instant access to program segments. 3 Hours 30 Minutes, on 2 Discs Beautiful Color, with Stereo Sound and Narration

CSX's Sand Patch Grade in western Pennsylvania is one of the most popular railfanning sites in the eastern U.S. Heavy tonnage; high-density traffic and grueling mountain grades are trademarks of this famous former B&O route.

This production of Into the Allegheny Range Volume 4 was filmed by Iron Horse America over a three-year period during the mid 1990s. In it you'll see a multitude of trains at familiar landmarks as well as the rarely seen west slope, during all seasons of the year. Many of the locomotives are sporting their pre-CSX paint schemes from various predecessor railroads. You'll visit towers, tunnels, and obscure branch lines. Plus, you'll see the last train to ever run on the old Berlin Subdivision out of Garrett, Pennsylvania. You'll even ride on a pusher engine shoving an eastbound freight from Connellsville, Pennsylvania, up the west slope to the summit at Sand Patch. Enjoy the ultimate mountain railroading experience with Volume 4 of Into the Allegheny Range!

DVD Special Feature: Chapter Menus provides instant access to program segments. 4 Hours, on 2 Discs Beautiful Color, with Stereo Sound and Narration

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