During the remarkable 147-year history of the Chicago and North Western Railroad Company from 1848 to 1995, the railroad fielded a variety of main line and branch line service throughout the Midwest and High Plains region, not to mention several locomotive types to move those trains.
A secondary C&NW main line from Chicago ran northwest through Wisconsin, Minnesota, and South Dakota to Pierre, Dakota Territory in 1880. This route was finally completed across South Dakota to Rapid City in 1907. In the late 1970s, many American Locomotive Company units were based at Huron, South Dakota, due to their lightweight and pulling capacity. This specific suitability to the area's light rail and slow speeds established the Pierre to Winona route as the ALCO line.
In this video, photographer Fred Crissey follows the ALCO Line between Winona, Minnesota and Pierre, South Dakota, from 1977 to 1981. Also included are the Plainview, Minnesota and Aberdeen to Huron, South Dakota branch lines.
This program features awesome ALCO locomotives that include RS2, RSD4, RSD5, RS32, and C425 models along with EMD SD-7R and SD-9's.
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1 Hour, 23 Mins
C Vision Productions
No, but security sealed
0 Worldwide NTSC
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Mike W. (Palmer, MA) on 2014-11-19 12:34:34.
4 of 5
Very good, informative video about a very unique line. The dvd captures very well the rural nature of the Alco Line. A great modeling reference for me, and highly recommended to any fan of alcos or plains railroading.
Additional remarks by Mike W.: Narration:Just enough. Would kids enjoy this?Maybe. Image quality:Good. DVD Value::Fair. Recommend to others?Definitely.
hornsth (CNW's Alco lines) on 2014-03-01 14:27:39.
2 of 5
Unfortunately, the video was shot with, apparently, a rather poor quality hand held camera. The photographer did not always keep his lens clean from hair and fuzz balls and seemed to like shooting into the sun rather than having the sun at his back.
In spite of that the video has views seldom recorded otherwise. If you like the Alco RS series of locomotives, and you will willingly over look the problems mentioned in the first paragraph, this is a great video in terms of its content.
Additional remarks by hornsth: Narration:Could have used more. Would kids enjoy this?I doubt it. Image quality:Poor. DVD Value:Seemed a little high, but not too bad. Recommend to others?Not unless they REALLY were interested in the subject matter.