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Review of Belt Lines of Chicago

Mainline action on three of Chicago's belt lines: Elgin, Joliet & Easter (EJ&E), the Indiana Harbor Belt (IHB) and the B&O Chicago Terminal (B&OCT, CSX). '"The J'" is the outer belt and crosses every major line coming into Chicago. The IHB and B&OCT are closer in and interchange with railroads in Chicago. Besides transfer and locals,the EJ&E and IHB are heavy steel haulers. Shot from 1995 through 1997, there are seven active towers shown.

We see a lot of trains, a lot of road names and a lot of cabooses! Using maps and informative narration this program makes sense of the complicated belt railroad scene in Chicago. See over 70 trains from IHB, ATSF, CN, GTW, SP, NS, CSL, Amtrak.

Locations include Rondout, Leithton, West Chicago, Eola, Argo, Walker, Plainfield, Joliet, Blue Island, McCook, La Grange, Gary, Van Loon, Whiting, Hammond and Franklin Park.

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.
Good.
Excellent!

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.
Fair.
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.
Yes
Definitely.
A "Must Have"!

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