Riding on the City of New Orleans
Illinois Central Monday morning rail
Fifteen cars and fifteen restless riders
Three conductors and 25 sacks of mail...
Good morning America, how are you?
Say, don't you know me? I'm your native son.
– Steve Goodman, "City of New Orleans", 1970
The Illinois Central Railroad, sometimes called the Main Line of Mid-America, was a railroad in the central United States, with its primary routes connecting Chicago, Illinois, with New Orleans, Louisiana, and Mobile, Alabama. It operated between 1851 and 1998.
Disc one covers the Illinois Central during the steam era. Parts of the Illinois Central were built across some of the most difficult 4-8-2 mountain types in the US and we see the trains showing their prowess on the passenger and freight services they offered. Also seen in abundance are 4-8-4s and 2-8-2 Mikado type locomotives, which were mainly used on the revenue service. Lots of hardworking locomotives are seen at many locations - this DVD offers a real insight into the Illinois Central. Some first generation diesels are also seen.
On disc two we see the railway line in the 1980s and early 90s. Not only do we see the Illinois Central and Illinois Central Gulf livery, but other railway lines as well, such as BN, NS, Santa Fe, UP etc.
A variety of trains, with varying power, carrying capacity, and speeds, used the busy Illinois Central Line, making this programme a joy to watch, particularly for locomotive enthusiasts, as it covers forty years of the Illinois Central's existence.
Special features of this 2004 DVD set include: audio select narration on/off; Dolby digital 5.1 surround sound; chapter search.
Both DVDs are in very good condition, as is the case they are kept in.