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Monon Shes a Hoosier Line DVD 2.3 of 5 (3)

Monon Shes a Hoosier Line DVD Pentrex MONON-DVD 748268005541
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During its long reign, the Monon Railroad reached beyond its modest size to play a major role in the lives of the people it served. If there ever was a Midwestern railroad that achieved storybook charisma, it was the Hoosier Line, Indiana'sown railroad. Noted railroad historian Bill Warrick has assembled an amazing collection of vintage footage to bring you a thoroughly entertaining retrospective of the Monon from its humble beginnings in 1847 to its classic period a century later under the direction of fabled railroader John W. Barriger, and then to its takeover in 1971 by the L&N.

The Monon provided north-south transportation of people and goods from the Great Lakes to the Ohio River. Lines from Chicago and Michigan City at the north to Indianapolis and Louisville at the south transected at the town of Monon, giving the railroad first its nickname and later its corporate identity. Through an assortment of rare color and black and while films and photos, you will be led back in time to see the many stops, such as New Albany, Delphi, Lafayette, Bloomington, and others that lined the Monon route.

Fascinating footage details how Army hospital cars were converted into sparkling red-and-crimson streamlined passenger cars led by brand new F-3s as the Monon retired its steam fleet and became one of the first Class 1 railroads to convert entirely to diesel power. You ll see how the Monon provided transportation to generations of students attending the six colleges along its route, earning it the title The College Railroad. Highlights feature the popular Chicago-Louisville Thoroughbred train and the 100th Anniversary Centennial Train. Yet, as popular as passenger travel was on the Monon it was freight traffic that provided the profit. There are many scenes of RS2 and BL2 locomotives hauling the freights that served the limestone industry of southern Indiana and switched with many east-west railroads. The Monon Railroad comes alive again in this delightful presentation, which is as enjoyable today as when it was originally released in VHS by Interurban Press in 1990. Here'syour opportunity to relive life aboard the Hoosier Line!

57 Minutes
In Color with Stereo Sound and Narration
Presented in Standard Definition 4x3 Format
No region code; can be played in NTSC DVD players worldwide
Packaged in Sturdy Vinyl Clamshell Case
ISBN: 1-56342-271-9
UPC: 7-48268-00554-1
Copyright Interurban Press 1990, Pentrex 2009

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Runtime:57 Mins
Aspect Ratio:Full Screen
DVD UPC:748268005541
Shrink Wrapped?:Yes
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC

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  •  2 of 5

Go with another reviewer.
Thought I was watching a musical.
Would not recommend to anyone except maybe monon fans.
Just the rarity of monon video made this a must have.
But God the singing..I just want to watch and HEAR trains

Additional remarks by minasmorgul8201:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? I doubt it.
Image quality: A little rough around the edges.
DVD Value:: Fair.
Recommend to others? Not unless they REALLY were interested in the subject matter.

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  •  1 of 5

I was extremely disappointed with this DVD. I thought I was watching a "musical" for a good part of the time. I HATE musicals!

There was way too little railroad action and WAY too much coverage of some kind of celebration pertaining to the railroad's history.

I grew up in "Monon" territory in Indiana, and I looked forward to watching this DVD for its potential nostalgic value. What a disappointment! It looks like they lacked good footage of Monon operations but went ahead and made the DVD anyway using garbage for filler.

Some folks might enjoy this kind of stuff, but I am not one of them.


Additional remarks by Tom J:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? I doubt it.
Image quality: A little rough around the edges.
DVD Value: Overpriced for the amount of enjoyment I got out of it.
Recommend to others? Definitely not!.

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Added 2015-04-02 16:12:29 by Larry Bird

I agree 100%. I felt that I was ripped off!

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  •  4 of 5

A nice review of the Monon's history, starting with the company's founding and early years, but mostly focused on the Barriger era. Some nice, but slightly unsteady, early shots. Good footage of later years. It would have been nice to see some shots of Monon facilities (e.g., the Lafayette shops) and better identification of locations along the line. The DVD includes some movie footage that is tangential to the main story, but does add some interest, particularly for non-hardcore railfans.
A good DVD, very pleasantly surprised.

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

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