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Illinois Joint Line CSX & UP on the UP Villa Grove Sub DVD Train Video

Illinois Joint Line CSX & UP on the UP Villa Grove Sub DVD Train Video Highball Productions IJL
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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.

Come join us along the former Chicago and Eastern Illinois as we see UP and CSX share this busy double track main.

RuntimeL 1 hour 40 minutes
Videography and editing: Peter Crook
Copyight Highball Productions, 2015

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TVD Price:$ 9.95
List Price:$ 29.95
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  •  3.8 of 5 (4)




  

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DVD Item#:IJL
Blu-ray Item#:BRIJL
Runtime:1 Hour, 40 Mins
Producer:Highball Productions
Aspect Ratio:Wide Screen
Shrink Wrapped?:Yes
Disc Type:DVD or BLU-RAY
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC

(Southern California) on .

People who found this review helpful: 1

  •  2 of 5


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.

Additional remarks by Train Buff:
Narration: Could have used more.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value:: Fair.
Recommend to others? Not unless they REALLY were interested in the subject matter.

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Added 2017-02-28 09:18:22 by cnguy

To be fair though, the description does say "all crossing at grade"


(San Diego CA US) on .

  •  5 of 5


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.

John Schmelng
SP/UP Railroad (Retired)


Additional remarks by mySP7377:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? A "Must Have"!

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(Dulacca, Queensland AU) on .

  •  4 of 5


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.

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

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(Basking Ridge, NJ) on .

  •  4 of 5


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!

Additional remarks by James Anderson:
Narration: Could have used more.
Would kids enjoy this? I doubt it.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? Definitely.

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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