Diverging Clear Productions
Length: About 2 hours total
Two DVD-R set
Time Periods: 1989 and 2010-2012
Locations: Alliance, Raveena, Broken Bow
Sources: George Redmond (1989),Mary McPherson
The exact same premise as Crawford Hill. This sub operates on the other side of Alliance, Nebraska. Presentation is about the same. This release even shares the same introduction and a handful of shots from Crawford Hill. Not necessarily a bad thing. Likely, only hardcore fans or area residents would need both programs.
Disc 1 contains Burlington Northern circa 1989. Original video by George Redmond. The videographer did a fine job of shooting the BN. Imagery and composition are nicely done. Only some yellow skies and minor flares are the flaws. Both programs offer, basically the same railroad equipment. More pacing shots in this show. Flatland running is the major difference. Greater emphasis on close-ups.
Disc 2 contains BNSF from 2010 and 2012. This was shot by Mary McPherson. Pro level camerawork. Mary has upped her game in all areas. More variety of locomotives and paint schemes compared to Crawford Hill.
Mary has an outstanding pacing sequence of this train. Check her guitar playing in the background. The way the locomotives are so well framed and combined with the music. A memorable scene is created. You just know that this person loves trains!
Comparisons to, Heritage Series: Then and Now- Crawford Hill…
What is worse then having to sit through a long, 2 disc set of repetitive coal train shows?
Answer: Having to sit through a second, nearly identical set of repetitive coal trains!
A split decision. The BN is more engaging on the Crawford Hill. Helpers and better scenery. BNSF has more locomotive variety on this Sand Hills show.
Is there a tiebreaker?
Yes. The shorter length of Sand Hills makes a more enjoyable overall view. Compare to the longer Crawford Hill show, that just drags on endlessly.
Your mileage may vary.
Rating: 3 Stars