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Videotrains Railfan DVDs by Jason Lowe Photography

For samples and other railfan videos please visit the Jason Lowe Photography channel on YouTube.

urr-webpageThe Union Railroad
Industrial Railroading in the Steel City

The Union Railroad is a rarity in today’s world of railroading. Relying on a fleet of MP15 and SW1500 switchers, the Union exists to serve the steel industry in the Pittsburgh area along the Monongahela River. Frequent backing moves and switching mandates the use of cabooses on all trains, a practice that can be seen few places today. Multiple train movements around the busy Port Perry bridge , slab trains descending into the Edgar Thompson Steel Mill, and a transfer run from the B&LE interchange are included on this rare look at industrial railroading in the steel city.
Recorded in 2004-2005.
Approximately 1 hour
color Stereo sound
descriptive graphics, no narration.
16×9 widescreen, enhanced for widescreen televisions.
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Mon Valley Rails

The industrial heartland of Western Pennsylvania is the Mon Valley, the region south of Pittsburgh along the Monongahela River where the steel industry built a nation. While much of the industry in this once thriving region is now gone, The railroads are alive and well. CSX and Norfolk Southern manifest freights, coal trains, and locals provide a never-ending parade of contemporary action. The Union Railroad, a shortline deadicated to the Steel Industry, is still a busy part of this shrunken but vital industry. This DVD concentrates on mainline action in the lower Mon Valley from the Homestead area to Glassport. Operations to the south are seen, as well as a visit to the Union Railroad. Modern diesels, switchers, and cabooses on local freights make the Mon Valley region a true adventure in railfanning.
Recorded in 2006-2008.Approximately 1 hour
color Stereo sound
descriptive graphics, no narration.
16×9 widescreen, enhanced for widescreen televisions.
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Train Chasing on the Mon Line
Norfolk Southern and CSX in the Coal Fields

The Mon line in western Pennsylvania is the former Monongahela Railway division from Brownsville to Waynesburg. Now operated jointly by Norfolk Southern and CSX, the Mon Line is a busy artery supplying coal to powerplants and industry throughout the region and nation. The Mon Line offers many railfanning possibilites. Heavy, slow moving coal drags and a single track main which parallels several local roads allows for a single train to be often photographed in multiple locations. This DVD includes an overview of the Mon Line and Manor Branch from Brownsville to Bailey Mine, followed by several train “chases” featuring Norfolk Southern, CSX and run through power from BNSF. The latest power from EMD and GE working to pull trains of black diamonds makes the Mon Line a true railfanning adventure.
Recorded in 2007-2009
Approximately 72 minutes
color Stereo sound
descriptive graphics, no narration.
16×9 widescreen, enhanced for widescreen televisions.
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makingthegradewebpageMaking The Grade
Norfolk Southern’s Pittsburgh Division
In the 21st Century, the Norfolk Southern (former PRR and Conrail) mainline in central and western Pennsylvania is busier than ever. The latest locomotives from EMD and GE handle hot intermodal traffic as well as a wide variety of freight, including coal, ethanol, and general merchandise. This DVD offers action from the summit of the mountains in Cresson, along the West Slope, and through western Pennsylvania. SD70M-2s, ES40DCs, classic SD40-2s and regional shortline power from the Sothwest Pennsylvania (SWP) is featured.
Recorded in 2005-2008.Approximately 75 minutes
color Stereo sound
descriptive graphics, no narration.
16×9 widescreen, enhanced for widescreen televisions.
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fostoriawebpageFostoria
A Weekend in the Iron Triangle

Fostoria, Ohio, is one of the busiest railfan locations in the
eastern United States. The CSX Willard Subdivision and Columbus Subdivision intersect with the Norfolk Southern Fostoria District. This area, less than two city blocks in size, forms the “Iron Triangle” This DVD was recorded completely within the area from the former B&O station on Main Street
to the NS/CSX diamonds on Columbus street over a clear summer weekend in 2008. A wide variety of freight, including grain, automobiles,intermodal, coal, and coke trains are seen. Train meets, foreign power, and an incredible variety of CSX and NS power can be seen in this program.  Recorded in August 2008.
Approximately 1 hour
color Stereo sound
descriptive graphics, no narration.
16×9 widescreen, enhanced for widescreen televisions.
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cass50thwebpageCass Scenic Railroad 50th Anniversary
Since 1963, the Cass Scenic Railroad State Park has provided millions. of tourists and railfans the rare opportunity to ride behind vintage logging locomotives through the beautiful mountains of West Virginia. This DVD is a celebration of the largest collection of operating geared steam locomotives in the world.  Each of the six engines (as of 2012) is seen pulling restored logging and freight cars as well as the Cass excursion train.  Locations include Whittaker, Old Spruce, Bald Knob, and other locations along the line.  Engine servicing and multiple locomotives at the Cass station and shops are also seen. Recorded in 2006-2012.
Approximately 1 hour
color Stereo sound
descriptive graphics, no narration.
16×9 widescreen, enhanced for widescreen televisions.
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Prarie Works DVDs by Jeff Bourne

Union Railroad railfan DVD and Walthers Blast Furnace superdetailing DVDs.

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Union Railroad:  United States Steel’s Pittsburgh Lifeline

The Union Railroad, owned by United States Steel, funnels materials used to make steel to its parent’s plants along the Monongahela River. While essentially an industrial switching and transfer operation, the tonnages are immense. In addition to bringing in bulk material and shipping out finished products, it moves products produced at one plant to another one. The video starts out in North Bessemer where the Union connects with former US Steel sister road Bessemer & Lake Erie and down to the USS Edgar Thomson Works with scenes around the plant. Then it is across the Port Perry Bridge to the Duquesne Class Yard. From the yard, the trip continues south to Grant Street, Bull Run, Dravosburg Tunnel, the Irvin Works and on to the end of the line at the Clairton coke works. There are also side trips on the Munhall, Duquesne and Mifflin branches. Includes snowy winter scenes. The video footage was shot between 1996 and 2001 and includes spectacular scenes of hot metal car action at the Edgar Thomson Works and historic photos.
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blast1thumbSuperdetailing a Walthers Blast Furnace Part One
The video shows how to transform a Walthers Blast Furnace kit into a museum-quality model by adding myriad details that don’t come with the kit. These include piping, burners, three kinds of gas valves (goggle, hot blast & gate-types), skip hoist details, steps/handrails/walkways and a sloped casthouse floor. Techniques are demonstrated on how to work with Plastruct parts, Evergreen shapes and sheet plastic that can also be used in
creating other kinds of models. The presenter is Jeff Borne. The 86-minute DVD video has an accompanying self-starting CD-ROM, that is like looking through a book on a computer (PC & Mac), with 252 photos of the construction/model work and a parts list. The CD contents can be printed out.
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blast2thumbSuperdetailing a Walthers Blast Furnace Part Two
The second part of the series shows how to convert the Walthers Blast Furnace into specific prototypes, specifically the top works of USS Carrie #7 furnace in Pittsburgh and USS Ensley in Birmingham, Alabama. Three-pass stoves, the type with smokestacks on the top, are made from Walther’s stoves and the Walthers Electrostatic Precipitator is highly detailed with the correct piping. Interlake Iron’s “Zenith Furnace” merchant iron blast furnace is also created from scratch using a RIX oil storage tank, including three-pass Whitwell stoves and a Walthers stove. Again the presenter is Jeff Borne. The 95-minute DVD video has an accompanying self-starting CD-ROM, that is like looking at a book on a computer (PC& Mac), with 385 photos, construction instructions on building the models and parts lists for each project in Adobe Acrobat format. The CD contents can be printed out
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