Illinois Joint Line CSX & UP on the UP Villa Grove Sub DVD Train Video
Union Pacific's Villa Grove Sub runs from the big city of Chicago to the small town of Villa Grove. It is a busy double-track main, jointly owned by CSX and UP. This North-South line crosses many of the busy East-West mainlines in the Chicago area. We'll see Canadian National, Indiana Harbor Belt and Norfolk Southern, all crossing at grade. IHB still maintains a tower at Dolton.
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Train Buff (Southern California) on 2015-11-25 01:43:29.
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Same problem I've had with other Highball Productions! Hardly any narrative and what there was wasn't very enlightening. For the first 40 minutes of this 1hr 40min disc all shots were taken from the same place, several different camera locations, but at the same place. Almost all camera locations are near a protected grade crossing so that there is the incessant clanging of the warning bells. VERY distracting and tough on the ears. I doubt I'll get any more Highball productions until I hear that they have improved in these areas. They don't seem to use any imagination in location, always setting up near convenient, to them, locations. Anyone with a camera can photograph trains and Highball is that anyone! The Blue Ray was good though.
Added 2017-02-28 09:18:22 by cnguy
To be fair though, the description does say "all crossing at grade"
mySP7377 (San Diego CA US) on 2016-10-28 23:01:01.
Hard to believe this great DVD is only $9.95, even the Blue Ray Disc is $9.95. Nicely photographed, well narrated this DVD shows all the action on the joint UP & CSX main line, it starts out in the suburbs of Chicago and follows the UP & CSX action down to Villa Grove. A nice variety of trains and power are seen. One nice thing about photographing a rail line running north and south like this one the sun is perfect for photography in the morning and afternoon. Its a A++++ DVD anyway the fact you get it for only $9.95 no reason not to have a copy of this one. The Blue Ray quality is fantasic.
Hueycrewman (Dulacca, Queensland AU) on 2016-10-25 05:25:23.
Started off a little slow for myself, but got heaps better the longer it was viewed. A really good mix of several roads that we normally wouldn't see, enough to keep my young blokes interest in the action. Interesting trackwork at the beginning. Could have used more commentary on the types of locos and destinations for us foreigners.
James Anderson (Basking Ridge, NJ) on 2015-12-14 17:20:21.
I welcome the improvement over "Bailey Yard" production. Yes..shots were taken from grade crossings. Maybe Peter didn't want to trespass on rr property. Personally, I like the sound of train horns. Maybe there could have been some more narration. .....maybe. But I did like the sound & quality if narrator's voice. I like Highball......IMO....keep em coming Peter!
Added 2016-02-14 06:26:29 by Rrvideojunkie
Yes. Train horns add personality to trains. I have bought DVDs over the years that had hardly any horns so I returned them. Nothing wrong with grade crossings but I must admit it's good to be creative sometimes and shoot elsewhere. From a hill. Near a lake. Etc