This video covers a section of railroad which is one of the busiest in the United States, the former Chicago and Northwestern line from Chicago west to Omaha and Fremont. The line handles Chicago commuters as well as transcontinental freight traffic, and we'll see both in this video, which was done in 1993 before Union Pacific had complete control of the C&NW. There is a wide variety of motive power, ranging from 1950 GP7s to new diesels built in the 1990s. Our video was shot during the 1993 flood so we are lucky to see a very interesting side-show, the California Zephyr detouring over the C&NW with Metra E-units leading the train. We'll see Proviso yard in Chicago where we visit the hump and container yards, then see commuter action, including a cab ride. You'll see hot spots like Rochelle, Illinois where the C&NW and BN diamond features loads of action. Then we take you westward through Illinois, and Iowa to the better locations such as Boone, and the Kate Shelly Bridge, and onwards to Missouri Valley where the C&NW splits to go to Omaha or due west to Fremont and the Union Pacific connection. This video covers 3 complete divisions in 3 states and multiple cameras were used. Over 10 other railroads can be seen during the course of the video, and we even include a couple of historic flashback surprises. This video is actually TWO videos, a 90 minute, and a 60 Minute tape contained in one special case for a total of 2 hours and 30 minutes of great action.
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2 Hours, 30 Mins ($0.30/min)
Greg Scholl Video Productions
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Chicago & Northwestern Mainline West 2 DVD Set
Mysp7377 (San Diego Ca) on 2013-07-30 19:53:33.
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A nice set of DVDs on the CNW photography is excellent narration is both informative and interesting. Filmed in and around 1993 the set starts out in downtown Chicago at the CNW's commuter station there's plenty of non stop Metra action and the cab ride shots are nice smooth and give the viewer an engineers view of all the action. Some real good coverage of Proviso yard makes for great watching. The DVD's work there way west from Chicago across Illinois and Iowa ending in Council Bluffs IA the action along the CNW main lines reflect the added trains and detours that the CNW handled as a result of the 93 floods in Iowa. Though a lot was filmed on cloudy day's this is a must have for any CNW fan. I really enjoyed it and it brought back a lot of memories.
Additional remarks by Mysp7377: Narration:Just enough. Would kids enjoy this?Maybe. Image quality:Excellent! DVD Value:Excellent Value! Recommend to others?Definitely.
Well despite this 2 disc set is from Greg Scholl himself, its more of a Railway (Les Jarrett) productions themed program. Why? Because of Eric Greene. Although its a disappointment that John Edward Hingsbergen never narrated this set, it'll still keep the treasures of 2 notable america by rail producers
Additional remarks by Steamboy: Narration:Could have used more. 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?Not unless they REALLY were interested in the subject matter.