Outside Chicago Chicago's 3 Interurbans 90 Years of Chicago Traction
Noted railroad historians Bill Warrick and Walter Keevil have assembled an amazing assortment of rare color and black & white footage to document electric railroading operations in and around the Chicago area from the 1990s all the way back to 1900. Originally released by Interurban Press as three separate VHS videos known as the Midwest Traction Classics, this series is now available for your enjoyment on one combo DVD! Included on this disc are:
Outside Chicago; Midwest Electric Lines I. The lines outside Chicago are brought back to life in this fascinating documentary. The Indiana Railroad; the Illinois Terminal; the Crandic; and the Waterloo, Cedar Falls & Northern are just a few of the interurbans covered here. Plus, streetcars in Indianapolis, St. Louis, and the Twin Cities are shown as well! 30 minutes, color footage, produced in 1987, formerly titled Midwest Traction Classics.
Chicagos 3 Interurbans; Midwest Electric Lines II. This film has it all, from Electroliners to Birneys. Visit Insull's Big Three: the North Shore; the South Shore; and the Chicago, Aurora & Elgin, with footage from every era plus present day action on the two survivors. You ll also ride the Illinois Central Electric and the Gary Railways. 30 minutes, color and B&W footage, produced in 1988.
90 Years of Chicago Traction; Midwest Electric Lines III. This film treats you to images of the Chicago Surface Lines and its predecessors, including horse, cable, and electric service from around 1900 to the 1950s. The famous CSL drop-platform cars and plenty of Chicago PCCs are shown across the windy city. The Chicago Elevated Railways are also covered in scenes throughout the system from 1900-1990. You ll see cars swinging around curves and through interlockers, crowds boarding at stations, trains of wooden and later steel cars, the Skokie Swift, and other unique Chicago El lines! 58 minutes, color and B&W footage, produced in 1990.
1 Hour 58 Minutes In Color and Black & White with Hi-Fi Sound and Narration Full-screen (4x3) Format No region code; can be played in NTSC DVD players worldwide Packaged in Sturdy Vinyl Clamshell Case ISBN: 1-56342-254-9 UPC: 7-48268-00537-4 Copyright Pentrex 2009
I have this on VHS format and the video is really great I liked especially the Box cab Ex New York Central And the "Little Joe" Engines. I liked everything about the North Shore Line segment I rode and Lensed the Ex North Shore Electroliners on the SEPTA Norristown High Speed Line.
I'm so glad to see them in museums instead of the scrap yard much lesser of the two.
Additional remarks by Fred M Pohl: Narration:Just enough. Would kids enjoy this?Maybe. Image quality:Good. DVD Value:Good Value Recommend to others?A "Must Have"!
Bill Romer (Omaha,Nebraska) on 2012-03-23 17:35:52.
5 of 5
This is a very interesting DVD. I was born and raised in Chicago during the 40's and 50's , and was good to see the streetcars that I used to ride to school , and my job. Really enjoyed seeing them again.
Additional remarks by Bill Romer: Narration:Just enough. Would kids enjoy this?Maybe. Image quality:Excellent! DVD Value:Excellent Value! Recommend to others?A "Must Have"!