Fallen Flags Combo: Classic Twin Cities Railroading & Classic Chicago Railroading

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Here are two shows presenting your favorite fallen flags: Filmed during the 1960s and 1970s at two of the country's railroading hot spots: Chicago and the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul.

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Here, combined on one Combo DVD, are two shows presenting favorite fallen flags. These programs were filmed during the 1960s and 1970s at two of the country’s railroading hot spots: Chicago and the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Classic Twin Cities Railroading
Pentrex takes you back to the golden days of Minneapolis/St. Paul railroading in this, the third in its popular Fallen Flags Series. All the footage in this presentation was shot during Spring of 1970, just after the merger of Burlington Route, Great Northern, and Northern Pacific which formed the Burlington Northern. All the railroads shown here are Fallen Flags: Soo Line; Minneapolis, Northfield & Southern; Chicago & North Western; Burlington Northern; Rock Island; and Milwaukee Road.

A wide variety of locomotive types can be seen, including Alco, GE, Baldwin, EMD, a Fairbanks-Morse, a rare Baldwin DT-6-2000 center cab switcher, and an unusual home-built electric switcher. You’ll view locomotives painted in predecessor colors (Burlington Route, Great Northern, Northern Pacific, and Chicago Great Western) as well as in the paint schemes of the featured roads.

This nonstop parade of equipment is seen at Shoreham Yard, Glenwood Junction, Westminster Tower, Belt Yard, St. Paul (“Pig’s Eye”) Yard, Dayton’s Bluff Yard, St. Paul Union Depot, Inver Grove, and the now-defunct Koppers Coke Plant with its custom electric switcher. A final highlight is a ride in a dome car on the Morning and Afternoon Zephyrs to experience the sights between the Twin Cities.(52 Minutes)

Classic Chicago Railroading
This incredible compilation is based on 8mm color films taken by noted railroad photographer Dick Wallin during the 1960s and ’70s. Featured are these historic railroads: * Baltimore & Ohio, * Belt Railway of Chicago, * Burlington Northern, * Canadian National, * Chesapeake & Ohio, * Chicago, Burlington & Quincy, * Chicago & Eastern Illinois, * Chicago & North Western, * Chicago Great Western, * Chicago River & Indiana, * Chicago South Shore & South Bend, * Elgin, Joliet & Eastern, * Erie Lackawanna, * Grand Trunk Western, * Great Northern, * Gulf, Mobile & Ohio, * Illinois Central, * Indiana Harbor Belt, * Louisville & Nashville, * Milwaukee Road, * Monon, * New York Central, * Northern Pacific, * Norfolk & Western, * Penn Central, * Pennsylvania Railroad, * Rock Island, * Santa Fe, * Seaboard Coast Line, * Soo, * Wabash and * early Amtrak

Enjoy rare scenes filmed during the changing seasons at the best train watching locations throughout the Chicago area and into Northern Indiana. You’ll see and amazing variety of motive power, from classic diesels to the latest in ’70s motive power, heading up a terrific mix of freight and passenger trains, including the Broadway Limited, Empire Builder, Hiawatha, San Francisco Zephyr, City of New Orleans, and more. (84 Minutes)

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1 review for Fallen Flags Combo: Classic Twin Cities Railroading & Classic Chicago Railroading

  1. rrvideoman, Delisle Saskatchewan

    Here is a good representation of railroading in the 1960’s/early 70’s in 2 major USA cities. This video is a Combo, so take note that the 2 videos do vary in their make up. In ‘Twin Cities’, the producer takes us around the city and shows the action of each area and each railroad of note. The time frame stays relatively constant. Very easy to follow, and some very interesting scenes along the way. ‘Classic Chicago Railroading’ on the other hand jumps all over the place and has no format to location. On the other hand, it does follow a time format based over close to 10 years from the 60’s into the 70’s. Both do an excellent job at showing us the wide variety of power, and companies in each city. And there is a lot. Some very interesting types of power that are unusual make appearances, like some center cabs (Baldwin DT-6-2000). In Chicago, we see the last days of independent passenger rail, followed by the intro of Amtrak to the days when Amtrak actually was operating in it’s full, own colours. Over all, a great video production, but if following a map, it is difficult to follow the format of the presentation. It does bring back to memory the early diesels that so many of us remember as being the main power. Not disappointed with the video at all. My children sat through it and asked many questions as the video progressed. I believe that says enough.

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