The Best of Soo Volume 2

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Producer: CVP

Timeframe: 1986- 89

Locations: Minneapolis

Length:100 minutes

Source: Bob Rivard

This Second volume continues with the Milwaukee Road merger. Raises the interest level, with a greater assortment  of equipment. Videography has also improved over the course of time.

Visual quality is markedly improved versus volume one. Picture is in the very good range,overall. A good transfer to the DVD format.

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Audio is enviornmental, plus radio chatter. The scanner traffic explains several situations!

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On-screen graphics denote: dates, locations and pertinent information. Everything ties together.

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There is a pic only Chapter Menu. No maps. I would have preferred some maps. Not knowing; Shoreham Hill from Humboldt Yard etc…

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The Milwaukee Road power is still merger fresh at the beginning. Factory paint in the lash-ups. Later, the bandit paint begins to appear.

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Chicago and Northwestern locomotives make a few appearances. As does, Burlington Northern.

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Clean GP30 units are easy to find at first.

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Surprisingly, some GP7/9 units are still in service. Although, zero F units are seen.

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Much of this show was shot in winter.

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The pairing of the merger roads becomes more frequent, as the years pass. Milwaukee bandits replace the factory paint.

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Pushers are commonplace on Shoreham Hill. Soo Line 2126 received an emergency radio call. To hustle over, and shove on a stalled freight. A boxcar in tow, the 2126 renders assistance.

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See a grounded Soo caboose #85  get rerailed.

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At first glance, this appears to be a solid Milwaukee Road lash-ups. Check the middle unit..

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Humboldt Yard.

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This program is wall to wall action! Many freight cars are viewed, as the trains roll past the camera.

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Electromotive GP30 had a distinctive cab and roofline. It was all about muscle in the 1960s. The designers at EMD sure gave it the look!

vlcsnap-2019-07-09-13h38m15s868Milwaukee Road gives plenty of variety.

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A Bandit shot for comparison.

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Both Railroads supply their cabooses. Milwaukee Road with their Bay window models.

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Hey! It’s still a Soo Line show.

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Soo Line wide vision style.

The Best of Soo Vol. 2

A diverse locomotive fleet is the key to an enhanced Soo Line volume. Volume 2 is improved in every area. It is a fast moving show. The lack of a formal narrative, keeps it in the realm of Railfans, and Model Railroaders.

Quite an enjoyable look, at vintage Soo/ Milwaukee trains around Minneapolis. Hands down, the best of the two volumes!

Rating: 4 Stars

 

 

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