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Package-DVD-Logging & Coal Collection 4Pak (Collectors Edition)


Green Frog Productions continues its well received Modeling the Prototype series with an in-depth look at one of the most popular model railroad subjects - the logging industry. This video closely examines not only the operations of several logging railroads, but also how the trees were cut, loaded and then unloaded at the sawmill.
Then, to really get the creative sap flowing, we'll show how three great modelers have applied the prototype practices to their layouts. The prototype railroads featured on this video were shot with film cameras between the 1920's and the 1960's. The film has been transferred and edited on broadcast quality equipment. Featured railroads include the Westside, Rayonier, Mower, Ely-Thomas, Grasse River RR, and more. We also visit the outstanding layouts of Bob Clarke, Dr. Charles Patti, and Lou Ullian, each predominantly built around the logging industry.
All three layouts have been featured in the modeling press. They are highly detailed and exemplify the complete industry, from trees to sawmills.

Logging railroads were well known for their "make do" approach to railroading. Each of these layouts feature this approach. As a bonus, Bob Clarke will show how to make ground cover quickly and easily. Written by Tom Beaton, a recognized authority on logging railroads, this video will inspire you when the chips are down. 57 Minutes


Carl Franz has been showing off logging trains on the Cass for over 20 years. In cooperation with the Cass Scenic Railroad of West Virginia, he has run logging trains through the woods, up switchbacks, and with double headed trains!
The Spectaculars ran in spring, fall and winter. Carl, along with his friend Robert Flack, captured some of the most fantastic material ever shot of logging trains on 16mm film. In this DVD you will see Shay’s #2, #3, #4, #5, and Heisler #6 work logging trains up to lofty Bald Knob (4,842 ft.).

You’ll also witness action with Western Maryland Shay #6 on the Durbin branch, (the now extinct ex-C&O Greenbriar branch). The winter shots are really spectacular, some in blinding blizzards!.. and the spring and fall shots will also take your breath away! Besides breathtaking runbys, there is action of each of these trains filmed from special photo trains, as well as the traditional all steam train race near the Cass station!

There are NO tourist trains in these shots...just logging trains! In addition, this DVD includes more than 15 minutes of film from the predecessor to the Cass, the Mower Lumber Company. This 16mm color footage shows actual logging operations of Mower and other footage from Cass, shot by photographer Robert Flack!
The Mower Company footage includes log loaders and skidders, log trains being loaded, switched, dumped, and logs being dragged by the “green chain” into the mill!... in fact just the Mower footage is worth the price of this DVD!!!...its that good! 89 Minutes


Coal is still king in the Appalachia region of the United States, and a major source of revenue for several railroads. These railroads and the coal shipments that they carry have also proven to be the source of inspiration for many model railroaders over the years. But what has not been readily available for the modeler or the rail-fan has been a video source detailing the coal industry.
This video begins with a history of the coal industry in Appalachia and progresses to an examination of the journey that coal makes from the mine, to the complete coal industry, to you, from the mine to the end-user. We bring the complete coal industry to you, from the inside of a coal mine, to preparation plants, storage facilities, loaders, associated equipment, a rotary dumper, coking facilities, steel mills, and of course trains. But it doesn’t stop there.
Also included are excellent examples of model train layouts depicting the coal industry. And to help you get started with building your model coal facilities, there is a demonstration on building a conveyor belt system as used by the coal producers and the end-users. 61 Minutes


Detroit Edison is Michigan’s largest electric utility. A great deal of that electricity is supplied by coal fired generators, and much of that coal arrives by train! Since Detroit Edison receives coal from mines in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Eastern Kentucky, and the Powder River Basin area, environmental factors must also be met as Western coal is properly blended with eastern coal.

In this DVD from Green Frog, you will see operations on seven major railroads, from the Powder River Basin to the Eastern coal fields, from the mines to the power plant. Detroit Edison’s locomotives also appear in many of these trains which include mid-train helpers.
Coal is transported on these Class 1 railroads: Grand Trunk, Conrail, Norfolk Southern, CSX Transportation, Burlington Northern, Union Pacific, and Chicago & North Western. You will also see trans-shipment of coal from trains to Great Lakes vessels, these vessels then carry the coal to some of the power plants. 79 Minutes


Total Run Time-Over 4.5 Hours
Dolby Digital-2.0 Stereo & 5.1 Surround

Package-DVD-Logging & Coal Collection 4Pak (Collectors Edition)

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