Green Frog Productions
Length: One hour 8 minutes
Locations: Joliet, Blue Island, Homewood, Sterling, and more…
Time Period: 1970’s
Source: Roger Koenig
The first Roger Koenig show that I reviewed was ‘ This was the Rock Island’, a really good release. This title contains additional railroads. Plenty of Rock Island action. Santa Fe, Gulf, Mobile&Ohio, with Amtrak as the main players. Cameo appearances include: CNW, Chessie, B&OCTRR, ICG and PC. Filmed on 8mm and Super 8. Digitally processed by Green Frog. Narrated by Peter Youngblood. Original audio. Chapter menu. Narration on/ off.
The Plug is perfect train for model railroaders. A long Quad Cities Rock Island, a Santa Fe Texas Chief and Super Chief are viewed. Joliet station is a busy place. 1971 continues here. Another GMO Plug is behind F3A 880B. Riders sometimes experienced, no heat or not enough heat, in cold weather. They knew to dress warm for the commute!
Homewood, in 1971, is shown on the Illinois Central. Amtrak exists now. A random assortment of US passenger equipment, too early for repaints. Note that the ICRR electrics are still using 1920’s era equipment!
Blue Island and back on the Rock Island. By opting out of Amtrak, original passenger trains still exist on the Rock. Old and recent, passenger cars are seen in service.
Variety of locomotives and ancient passenger cars are worth viewing.
A fascinating segment of a big 1971 freight train derailment. Classic 40′ boxcars in distress. See the progress of the large workcrew. Roger wouldn’t get that close to the area nowadays! There are early Amtrak ordered locos and cars, some were quickly pulled from service. Rock Island freights of that time, were still pulling some wood cabooses, and steam era freight cars. The heavily weathered locomotives were a sight! I would have liked more freight trains. Keep the boring 1980’s era RTA, and modern Amtrak that detract the film.
Quality. Super 8 and 8mm film is shot well and does look good. Sound is excellent. Narration is solid. Informative and professional announcer.
This volume has some great moments. Some rare locomotives are operating on the Rock Island. Overall, it feels like some filler was used, as on repetitive passenger train views. By the way, Joliet and Sterling have never been considered ‘southwest Chicago’. Homewood is a far south suburb. In fact, Joliet is an outlying separate city. The title description is slightly off the mark. However, the trains are the point.
Chicago Southwest does offer some good 70’s period trains. Any railfan or modeller, will find this to be a fairly interesting visit, during the 1970’s.
Rating: 4 Stars.