Chicago is the busiest rail hub in America. C. Vision Productions takes you there in this multi-volume series covering some of the most well-known and hidden hot spots in Windy City Rails!
Volume 1 visits the Tower B-12 Vicinity in Franklin Park and Turner Junction in West Chicago. B-12 has seen many changes in the years and the action today is just as exciting! Canadian Pacific, Metra, Indiana Harbor Belt and Canadian National are the regulars at B-12. Fallen Flag locomotives from the current railroads make frequent appearances including Soo Line and Illinois Central. Other railroads visit the B-12 area including CSX, Union Pacific, Norfolk Southern and Iowa Chicago & Eastern.
Then it is off to West Chicago. Here, the Elgin Joliet & Eastern's Turner Tower is still in operation as it protects the crossing with the Union Pacific's ex-Chicago & North Western Overland Route. Along with the EJ&E, numerous high horsepower Union Pacific trains pound the diamonds at Turner. Metra also uses this route providing a flurry of activity. You will even see Union Pacific's Olympic and United Way locomotives heading up a mixed freight!
Let C. Vision Productions be your tour guide to the best railroading spots in Chicago!
105 minutes, Color/HiFi Stereo sound and professional quality! Copyright 2006, C. Vision Productions Videography and photos by Marshall Beecher
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1 Hour, 45 Mins
C Vision Productions
No, but security sealed
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Most of the DVDs from this producer are not shrink-wrapped, but they do include a security seal either on the top or all three sides of the case.
Hal on 2009-12-20 07:53:42.
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3 of 5
Disappointing.. Seems the camera was set down in one spot and left there for a long time... Most shot were too close to the tracks. And there was little panning or zooming , so the engines took 10 seconds to go thru the scene followed by lots of coal cars.. And the editing was choppy.. And the cover had EJ&E on it , in almost 2 hours there were 3 EJ&E trains , probably took less than 2 minutes... I bought Volume 2, hope its better... Think I will stick to Pentrex
Additional remarks by Hal: Narration:Just enough. Would kids enjoy this?I doubt it. Image quality:Excellent! DVD Value:Overpriced for the amount of enjoyment I got out of it. Recommend to others?Not unless they REALLY were interested in the subject matter.
This is the first of a 5-volume series covering railroad hot spots in the Chicago IL area. This DVD covers areas of Franklin Park and West Chicago.
<p>B-12 is a junction of the Metra's former Canadian Pacific/Milwaukee line and Canadian National's former Soo line. Indiana Harbor Belt also has tracks at this junction. In addition to Metra, CN, CP and IHB, trains from CSX, ICE, and NS are seen. Just east of the junction is Belt Railway of Chicago's Galewood Yard, and Bensenville Yard is west of the junction.. Engines painted for several fallen flags and leasing companies are seen.
<p>West Chicago Tower at Turner Junction, operated by the Eljin, Joliet and Eastern is still in operation protecting the junction of Union Pacific's former CNW line on the Overland Route. The junction is near the east end of UP's West Chicago Yard. Metra also uses the UP line. Commonwealth Edison bound coal trains are frequent users of this junction. Fans of EMD and GE high horsepower SD90MACs and AC6000CWs will enjoy the second have of this DVD.
<p>Narration is very informative, but it would have been nice to have markers listing the railroad, origin and destination of the trains that are seen. The photography is sharp and clear. The children will like this DVD for it's mostly fast-paced action and loud horns.
Additional remarks by armchairrailfan: Narration:Just enough. Would kids enjoy this?Yes. Image quality:Excellent! DVD Value:Good Value Recommend to others?A "Must Have"!