Amtrak P30CH Video Uploaded to YouTube
Since the last blog post about my video collection, I have spent considerable time figuring out how to convert old VHS tapes to an uploadable digital file. I purchased the Roxio VHS to DVD 3 converter, visited my parents to use their VHS player, and gave myself a crash course in the Photoshop Premiere Elements Version 11 software that I accidentally purchased several years ago.
This first clip I have chosen to experiment with was a video recorded on June 2, 1991 of soon-to-be retired Amtrak P30CH's 703, 702, and 705 arriving in New Orleans on a special positioning move on the Norfolk Southern. This video is pretty short and employs just a few of the features of Adobe Permiere Elements that I was able to figure out. Going forward, I expect that my video editing skills will improve! It is hard to believe that this video is 25 years old!
Back in the day, the video camera accompanied us on many railfan missions. It was passed around quite frequently depending on what other cameras were being used (and whomever ran out of film). It is difficult to determine by looking through the old videos who the photographer was. Sometimes it is easier to determine who the photographer was NOT by seeing who appears IN the video!
The first of two scenes in this P30CH clip was not taken by myself as I was positioned inside the curve at Oliver Junction to take the below picture which has been posted on-line for some time now:
Interestingly enough, a video of this train passing through Spartanburg, South Carolina has been posted to Rail-Videos.net. It is cool to see how pieces of a puzzle come together long after an event has occurred. The button below will take you to that video: