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Review of Heritage Series Union Pacific and Cotton Belt Midwest Joint Lines DVD

All aboard for a look at a time when Union Pacific and Southern Pacific trains ran side by side on two lines into St. Louis in Missouri and Illinois.

S.P. subsidiary St. Louis Southwestern gained trackage rights over the Jefferson City Subdivision as part of the U.P.'s approval to acquire the Missouri Pacific in 1982. Locations visited on this line include Kirkwood, Valley Park, Castlewood and Gray Summit.

S.S.W. trains ran over the Chester Subdivision in Illinois since the early 20th Century, as part of a joint deal where MoPac trains also used S.S.W. owned trackage in Missouri. Locations seen on this line include Dupo, Gorham, Johns Spur, Reynoldsville and Thebes.

This program was filmed during a period of variety, when locomotives and cabooses painted for MoPac, M-K-T and Denver & Rio Grande Western were still common. S.P. Kodachrome and yellow MoPac units are also seen.

It was certainly an era of variety never to be repeated!

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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