We have a new release of Norfolk Southern modern material released- a new Railroad Video in SD DVD 16×9 Anamorphoc format. Which means it will play like it should on widescreen TVs, and also on the standards 4×3 screens. We have been in the process of filming modern NS material for those who like the modern stuff.
The new DVD is NORFOLK SOUTHERN’S CHICAGO LINE/EX-WATER LEVEL ROUTE IN OHIO™, produced by 1-West Productions™. Filmed in 2014 & 2015, we captured NS action on this famous line that is still a major route.
Built in the 1800s, that section of the line that we filmed eventually was owned by the New York Central when they took over the original owner, the Lake Shore Michigan Southern RR. The NYC obtained ownership of the whole line from Albany, NY to Chicago, IL by merging the LSMS & several other railroads that owned the line across the states. This line was an efficient way of hauling freight, & also a competing line with the PRR, since it was mostly built on flat land, with very little grades. The PRR had to go through the mountains in order to get into the more western part of the country.
By 1968, the Penn Central was formed with themerger of the PRR, NYC, & NH, and depended on that line. By 1976, Conrail was formed and then owned the line until 1999, when NS & CSX split CR. NS ended up with the line from cleveland on west to Chicago, & CSX from Cleveland on east to NY. Amtrak uses this line today for some of their trains as well. NS then called the Water Level their Chicago Line, Dearborn Division.
NS has always had congestion problems on the Chicago Line, especially with the increase in oil train traffic. In 2014, they worked out an agreement with CSX to lease their ex-PRR/PC/CR Pittsburgh Division line that runs through Bucyrus, OH, Fort Wayne, IN, & to Chicago, IL. NS would replace ties & rail where it was needed, and was able to transfer some of their oil trains on that line to help ease the congestion on the Chicago Line.
NS has since made updates to the Chicago Line, such as replacement of the ex-NYC/PC/CR signals, added detectors, and even changed detector voices from saying “Conrail” to “Norfolk Southern”. Some of the detectors heard in the area where it was filmed are at Graytown, LaCarne, Gypsum, Sandusky, Vermillion, & more. Locations filmed were at Sandusky, near Gypsum, Vermillion, & Toledo, OH, etc. NS also put in a connetion at Oak Harbor, to connect the chicago Line with their Toledo to Bellevue Line, & a connection outside of Vermillion to connect the same line east of Bellevue.
Many fallen flag freight cars, & locomotives such as UP, BNSF, CN, CP, etc. can also be seen on this video. Order yours today, & see our coupons for even more savings.
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