Length: 1 hour
Time Period: 1950’s era
Locations: Kankakee,Springfield, Paducah, Cincinnatti, Indianapolis and more..
Vintage 8’s- Movies From The 50’s on DVD
Illinois Central is the main feature on this collection. There are some other railroads that appear. Chicago and Illinois Midland is compelling in the steam age. New York Central, plus Baltimore and Ohio round out the guest stars.
This is one of The Vintage 8’s Series by John Szwajkart. Mostly made from his original 8mm films. IC Collection is all from John’s 8mm films. A good amount of the footage is in color. This is original condition imagery. No digital enhancements. No steam sounds either. This is a total old school approach. Basically, it runs as a silent movie. The only sound is a background film projector. As I have stated previously, this is not my cup of tea. In any case, the picture does the talking. He had a knack for being in the right places, in the 1950’s!
Chicago & Illinois Midland is the hidden gem! A winter visit and return in the spring.
Unusual photography at Central City roundhouse, makes for a terrific sequence.
As you can guess, this is a hardcore railfan type of show. Title cards provide the locations at the start of each section. No narration, maps or any extras. Just like watching an amateur shot train film in the 1950’s. Authentic, yes… Modernized, no. The trains are plentiful and await. This collection will be good, for those who need this type of show.
Rating: 3 Stars