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Review of Sixty Years Along the Illinois Central DVD

The Illinois Central existed for nearly a century and a half and this program covers the last sixty years from 1938 to the winter of 1998-99, the independent I.C.'s last.

The show begins at the headquarters of the St. Louis Division in Carbondale, Illinois, in 1938. Passenger trains behind a Pacific and a Mountain are seen, before we head to the yard where Mikados are seen in action.

We next visit the mid-fifties, including a short cab sequence aboard a 2-10-2 and a pacing sequence with another 2-10-2 on a local freight. Mikados and an 0-8-0 are also seen under steam, along with a glimpse of a 2-10-0 Decapod.

Next we look at the late sixties, as passenger and freight trains are seen in the Champaign, Illinois, area. Locomotives in the green diamond black scheme are seen, along with the new orange and white split-rail image. Early Paducah rebuilds are seen, along with a rare General Electric U30B leading a train.

Then we look at the Illinois Central Gulf

Overall rating for this DVD? 5 Star Excellent
4 Star Very Good
3 Star Good
2 Star Fair
1 Star Poor

The rest is optional but appreciated.

In your opinion, how was the narration level? There was no narration.
Just enough.
Could have used more.
A little too much.
Way too much.
Narration can be turned off.

Aside from the content of the DVD, how would you rate the image quality (sharpness, camera steadiness, etc)? Poor.
A little rough around the edges.

How would you rate the VALUE of this video? Overpriced for the amount of enjoyment I got out of it.
Seemed a little high, but not too bad.
Good value.
Excellent value!

Last question. Would you recommend this DVD to others? Definitely not!
Not unless they REALLY were interested in the subject matter.
A "Must Have"!

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