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Hot Spots 7 Dolton Illinois - CSX and Union Pacific cross the Indiana Harbor Belt DVD Train Video

Hot Spots 7 Dolton Illinois - CSX and Union Pacific cross the Indiana Harbor Belt DVD Train Video Highball Productions HOT7
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Dolton, Illinois, is where CSX & UP cross the Harbor Belt on Chicago's south side. Dolton, apart from being really ugly, has a lot of trains and an active tower. I was fortunate enough to be invited into the tower by towerman Ralph on two afternoons, which was really good, since I got some nice interior shots, and out of the rain. The train of the day is the bottle train, taking molten steel from one mill to another, in big insulated, I guess bottle cars. I saw power from UP, CSX, NS, CR, BNSF, CP, IHB, ST.L&H, WC, SOO, and a bunch of leasers. Since Ralph was nice enough to give me lineups, I was able to identify most trains.

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DVD Item#:HOT7
Runtime:1 Hour, 30 Mins
Producer:Highball Productions
Aspect Ratio:Full Screen
Shrink Wrapped?:Yes
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC

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This program covers a visit to Dolton on May 11 and May 12, 2000. on the former Chicago & Eastern Illinois territory which later became joint Missouri Pacific (now Union Pacific) and Louisville & Nashville (now CSX). In addition, the Indiana Harbor Belt is also represented at Dolton.

As with previous Hot Spots installments, there is a timestamp model used in this program. On the first day, the photographer filmed the first train at 7:49 AM and the last train was filmed at 7:15 PM which is approximately 12 hours. On the second day, the first train was filmed at 8:25 AM and the last train was 5:30 PM, 9 hours after the first train was filmed. An added bonus is a slideshow in the end of the program showing Tower Operator Ralph Eisenbrandt retiring on June 30, 2000, 1 month after the filming.

Many different kinds of trains are featured. One of the most interesting trains is the Bottle Train with its cars being of a unique design. In addition, Amtrak makes 2 appearances represented in the form of the Cardinal and Kentucky Cardinal. The Cardinal was filmed on the first day as it was on a Thursday having left Washington DC the day before and the following day, Friday, the Kentucky Cardinal was filmed. The second Amtrak appearance has the MOST AWESOME Amtrak locomotive lashup ever captured on video in my opinion due to the variety of motive power and paint schemes with a Dash 8 in Phase IV paint leading followed by an F40 in Phase III paint, a GP40TC in Phase III paint, and 2 Genesis locomotives in Phase III and Phase IV paint respectively.

Additional remarks by Nikhil Murthy:
Narration: Could have used more.
Would kids enjoy this? Definitely!
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Good Value
Recommend to others? Yes.

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