Illinois Terminal: A Traction Time Machine DVD 4.3 of 5 (3)
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Step back to the 1930s-1950s to experience one of the largest interurban railroads in the country. Originally known as the Illinois Traction System, the Illinois Terminal Railroad was a significant provider of passenger and freight service for central Illinois, with Springfiled as its hub. Now, through this fascinating collection of color and black and white films and photographs you can revisit the Illinois Terminal during the height of its career.
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Jeffrey Ornstein on 2010-02-13 23:48:44.
People who found this review helpful: 2
Any traction enthusiast will enjoy this look down the Illinois Terminal memory lane. With the IT's big colorful orange and blue arch-windowed interurbans, one also gets the impression that there were some colorful characters in management as well. There's lots of interesting equipment to be seen, ranging from the large single-ended cars, to the streamliners, to PCCs and streamlined freight locomotives. Lots of rare images, especially of the blue and silver fluted-stainless steel cars, the railbuses and center-cab motive power. There's also some interesting front-window views, especially of the steep grades and sharp turns that the IT was known for. Narration was good and professional. However, I do agree with the previous reviewer in that the image quality could have been improved upon by Pentrex and today's digital technology. But overall, an interesting video.
Mr N on 2009-10-20 06:18:48.
People who found this review helpful: 1
Great content and I recommend this to anyone who has not seen this tape, but the quality is only as good as the VHS version. I had hoped this DVD would be sharper and better sound quality but appears to be just a DVD copy of the original VHS version.
Tank Platoon Sergeant McCluskey, Retired (On the Bavarian/Hessian border, Germany.) on 2014-09-18 02:14:39.
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I'm FROM the metro-Saint Louis area... born in East Saint Louis, Illinois. Lived in and near trhe areas IN this video. Loved the content and the area. Clang clang! To bells UP!