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C&NW Commuter Trains, Branch Lines and the Alco Line CD (Vol #5)


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CD-Rom photographed and produced by Verne Brummel This slideshow CD, the largest one yet (782 slides) starts out with 196 scenes of Chicago commuter service, showing E8’s, F7’s, “Crandall Nose” E’s and Bi-Levels at places like Chicago, Oak Park, Lombard, Park Ridge, Harvard, Lake Geneva and Kenosha. Coverage of the Lake Geneva branch shows C&NW passenger trains at McHenry, Ringwood, Richmond, Genoa City, Pell Lake, and Lake Geneva. A tour of the C&NW suburban depots along the “North Line”, from Wilmette to Kenosha follows, with RTA (early Metra) trains at Lake Bluff, North Chicago, Waukegan and Kenosha.

At Kenosha we show the transformation of the old, plain C&NW depot to the unique Metra depot of today. Next are scenes taken at Beloit and Footville, and then the “Ridge Runner” line is covered, from Lancaster to Madison, showing the depots at Lancaster, Fennimore, Livingston, Dodgeville, Ridgeway, and Mt. Horeb, and the station signs at places like Lancaster Jct., Montfort, Cobb, Edmund, and Barneveld. We also have coverage of the sidings at the feed mill and other industries at Hwy PD in Fitchburg. Following are some mixed locomotive roster shots in Madison, coverage of the Mendota Hospital spur, and then the Madison – Waukesha line, showing the station signs and depots along the way. A couple of freights are shown here, on Madison’s east side. Next up are scenes along the Janesville – Fond Du Lac line (from Fort Atkinson to Oakfield), the Fond Du Lac – Marshfield line (from Eldorado to Marshfield), and then various depots going out of Eland in four different directions, west to Wausau, south to Hortonville, east to Pulaski, and then north to Ashland. Following that are scenes along the Eau Claire – Superior line (from Chippewa Falls to Itasca), the Cornell branch, from Norma to Cornell, and the Bayfield branch, from Trego to Washburn.

The CD concludes with scenes across Minnesota on the “Alco Line”, from Winona to Tyler, MN, showing depots, Alcos and other units, at places like Dodge Center, Waseca, Owatonna, Mankato, and Tracy, then several scenes of F units, at St. Paul, Oelwein, IA and Des Moines. Whew! 782 scenes in all, vintage early 1970’s to mid-1980’s, shifting back and forth between decades to show differences in depot structures, and motive power on hand in the train yards. Featured locations along the way include Chicago, Oak Park, Lombard, Park Ridge, Harvard, McHenry, Ringwood, Richmond, Genoa City, Pell Lake, Lake Geneva, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Indian Hill, Winnetka, Hubbard Woods, Glencoe, Braeside, Ravinia, Highland Park, Highwood, Fort Sheridan, Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, Great Lakes, North Chicago, Waukegan, Zion, Winthrop Harbor, Kenosha, Beloit, Footville, Lancaster, Stitzer, Lancaster Jct., Fennimore, Montfort, Livingston, Cobb, Edmond, Dodgeville, Ridgeway, Barneveld, Mt. Horeb, Klevenville, Riley, Verona, Fitchburg, Madison, Cottage Grove, Deerfield, London, Lake Mills, Jefferson Jct., Helenville, Sullivan, Dousman, Wales, Waukesha, New Berlin, West Allis, Fort Atkinson, Jefferson, Johnson Creek, Watertown, Juneau, Minnesota Jct., Burnett, Oak Center, Oakfield, Eldorado, Rosendale, Ripon, Green Lake, Princeton, Wild Rose, Almond, Kellner, Wisconsin Rapids, Marshfield, Wausau, Hatley, Clintonville, New London, Hortonville, Shawano, Pulaski, Eland, Antigo, Deerbrook, Summit Lake, Elcho, Pelican Lake, Monico, Three Lakes, Eagle River, Rhinelander, Mercer, Ashland, Chippewa Falls, Norma, Jim Falls, Cornell, Bloomer, New Auburn, Chetek, Cameron, Rice Lake, Haugen, Sarona, Spooner, Trego, Hayward, Cable, Drummond, Mason, Washburn, Lakeside, Minong, Wascott, Gordon, Solon Springs, Sauntry, Hawthorne, Rockmont, Itasca, New Richmond, Marinette, Niagara, Winona, Rochester, Dodge Center, Owatonna, Waseca, Janesville, Mankato, New Ulm, Sleepy Eye, Tracy, Tyler, St. Paul, Oelwein, and Des Moines.

Recommended System Requirements: Windows 98 / ME / NT 4.0 / 2000 / XP / Vista. Has not as yet been tested on Windows 7. Display: 800×600 screen resolution, highest (32-bit) color quality. Your computer must be able to run the ?CD-R? and “DVD+R” disc formats. While only recommended for Windows, it will run on the Mac OSX, but with “Boot Camp”. Will NOT run on TV set-top DVD players. Contact with any questions

Weight 2 lbs