IC Collection

 IC Collection

John Szwajkart

Format: DVD

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

MSRP: 25.00

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!

The show is jam packed with action! Though the film is not up to today’s standards, the scarcity of some of the contents, may get your attention.

                                                     Paducah has coal trains galore!

            The Lehigh Gravel pit has seemingly mile long 50 ton hopper strings.

                                  There are some locomotive pacing sequences.

New York Central has steamers pulling both: heavyweight and modern streamliner consists. Hudsons, Niagaras and smaller switcher types.

Chicago & Illinois Midland is the hidden gem! A winter visit and return in the spring.

   This railroad has a unique charm. Class; 2-10-2, 2-8-2, and 0-8-0’s power the trains.

Unusual photography at Central City roundhouse, makes for a terrific sequence.

                                    This is one large locomotive on Illinois Central.

          John has stated, that the railroads were much more friendly back then. He films from places like here, and gets plenty of cab rides in his films.

An other aspect of watching old films. The  surrounding environment of yesterday’s world. This train has just crossed the long concrete bridge at Kankakee.

You were wondering if a side door caboose would show up. They are common in the 50’s.

Some of these served into the Illinois Central Gulf era. They could still be found in the 1980’s.

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

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