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NOW FOR SOMETHING TOTALLY NEW ON DVD 

I have finally been able to figure out what to do with my extensive slide collection, put it on dvd for everyone to enjoy. A start has been made with the following releases. Each was a presentation made to a large gourp of railfans or model railroaders. The conversions worked out so well that I will be releasing other sets of slides, but the subject matter is yet to be determined. All are about an hour long and include at least 280 slides or more in each set. 
There is no narration on any of the sets. This may seem strange, but it works. I have provided enough information with each slide or set of slides, to make them self explanitory. Thus no additional comments are necessary. And this gives you and your friends watching with you, an opportunity to provide commentary of your own. Each is your private slide show in a convenient package. 
Prices for the dvd's are: $25.00 ea. for single disc programs. Order two or more and the price goes down to $20.00 each. Two disc sets, marked (*), are $40.00 ea. All prices include first-class postage and packaging. Illinois residents please add 10% for sales taxes. 

SS1 - IC SLIDE SHOW

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SS2 - C&NW SLIDE SHOW

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SS3 - CGW AND IC ON THE WEST SIDE

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SS4 - CGW COLLECTION

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SS5 - THE UP IN CHICAGO

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SS6 - THE SOUTHEASTERN

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SS7 - THE SANTA FE IN CHICAGO

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SS8 - THE INDIANA HARBOR BELT

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SS9 - A MILWAUKEE ROAD Slide Show

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SS1 IC SLIDE SHOW Was a presentation made to ICHS a couple of years ago at their annual meeting at Decatur. It covers the IC from steam in the mid-50's into the diesel era. Then follows the road through various changes from orange and white, into the ICG era, back to basic black and white and into the merger with the CN. Most of the shots are outside of Chicago with an emphasis on Central Illinois.
 





SS2 C&NW SLIDE SHOW Was a presentation made to the C&NWHS at their Chicago Area get-together after Trainfest. In it I covered the C&NW in and around the Chicago area, beginning with steam in commuter service in the mid 50's and continued into the diesel era up to the mid 70's. Coverage includes places such as Deval, Clybourn Station, Downtown, Noble Street, Elmhurst and many other locations visited while preparing the Chicago Guide. 




SS3 CGW and IC ON THE WEST SIDE A presentation recently given to a group of model railroaders. It follows the CGW from Chicago's west side to Elmhurst and then returns over the IC Iowa Division back to Chicago's west side. Time interval covered is from the mid 50's to the present and looks at the varied power used on each line up to their merger into a larger system. Also includes some IC steam used on the line. 





SS4 The CGW COLLECTION A multi-media presentation that combines Black & White photos, old movies and modern video along with colored slides into a presentation on the Chicago Great Western. Coverage is primarily around the Chicago Area during the diesel era from 1952 until the demise of the railroad in 1968. Then looks at what happened to the railroad and its' locomotives after merger with the C&NW. 



SS5 THE UP IN CHICAGO - 1960 to 2000 A presentation given to the UPHS on July 2007 at their meet in Chicago. It begins with a look at the different railroads in the Chicago area in the early 60's, the Class 1's and the local railroads unique to the Chicago area. Then there is an examination of UP power pools that ran on various railroads in the area and the changes that took place as railroads merged and changed through the 70's, 80's and into the 90's. A bonus section is included and it covers new UP diesels as they were delivered from EMD, which is in the Chicago area. 


SS6 THE MILWAUKEE ROAD'S SOUTHEASTERN DIVISION - is an examination of the Milwaukee Road's Line into Indiana from the end of steam operations into the modern diesel era. After starting with a brief look at the history of the line, using maps from old Railroad Guides, you examine the end of the steam era using a mix of b&w photos and colored slides. First generation EMD F-units replace steam in the mid 50's and they in turn are displaced by FM's. Next come the GP's followed by second generation power and the unique Milwaukee rebuilds. As the railroad restructures and growes smaller, bigger power, SD40's and 45's, move in. Finally the Milwaukee Road fails and the Soo Line takes over. Slide coverage is primarily in the Chicago area, along the IHB, and in and around Latta, IN. This is a piece history covering of a remote and obscure part of the Milwaukee Road.
 
SS7 THE SANTA FE IN CHICAGO - was presented to the SFH&MS at their 2009 Convention in the Chicago area. A mix of b&W and colored slides, it is a combination of two presentations made to them during the convention, one a clinic on the Crossings in Chicago and the other on Dearborn Station. The first part looks at the Santa Fe from 21st Crossing, through Bridgeport, Ash Street, Corwith, Nerska, McCook to Joliet Union Station. Points in between include Willow Springs, Lemont and Romeoville. The program on Dearborn Station, covers not only the railroads and operations at the station, but also includes a look at the 16th Street complex, the Santa Fe passenger yard and shops, 21st Street Crossing and a look at the C&WI commuter operations. Time line for all this extends from the 60's into the early Amtrak era.


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SS8 The INDIANA HARBOR BELT by John Szwajkart is a slide show on the IHB covering its' early history and looks at its motive power from steam to diesel through all the different color variations and different models to date.  Crossings from Hammond, IN to Franklin Park, IL are checked out.  And there is a look at some of the cabooses used on the railroad. 






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SS9 A MILWAUKEE ROAD Slide Show by John Szwajkart examines early railfan photography by this fan and then features a look at Milwaukee Road Steam in black and white and color shot by me between 1952 and 1955.  A bonus section includes B&W shots of the Railroad Fair of 1948 and 1948.

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