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Review of A Look Back at the Illinois Central and Other Midwestern Railroads DVD

The entire program was shot on 8mm film by Gordon Sandstrom between 1959 and 1975. We begin with a brief look at the final days of steam in the IC then move around the system at locations including Markham, Kensington, Riverdale, Springfield, Homewood, Flossmoor, Woodcrest, Freeport, Stony Island Avenue and more. Run-bys of freight and passenger trains powered by a variety of diesel and electric power (indluding "The Panama Limited", "The Magnolia Star", "The City of New Orleans", "The James Witcomb Riley", "Land-O-Corn", "The Green Diamond" and "The Inaianapolis Special" are seen. The balance of the program was shot at State Line Tower, Juliet Union Station and the "Open House" at EMD in La Grange featuring trains of the Erie-Lackawanna, Monon, Wabash, C&O, Nickle Plate, Rock Island, Santa Fe, GM&O, CSS&SBRR, PRR and the Milwaukee Road.

Color Music 55 Minutes

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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