This is Norfolk Southern's busy entry into Chicago from the East. Traffic is so busy that NS purchased the old Pennsylvania Railroad Panhandle Route line and now two lines carry this traffic, the old Panhandle and the former Nickel Plate main.
We begin our look at this double-route line into Chicago at the Belt Railway of Chicago's Hayford Junction. We wind up at Fort Wayne's East Wayne Yard which can see 100 trains a day. Fort Wayne is an important hub for Norfolk Southern where the former PRR line meets ex-Wabash, and ex-Nickel Plate lines.
Midwest Video Productions was most active in the mid-to-late 1990s when mergers were happening and flags were falling at a fast clip. This video was shot using professional equipment of the time, but is not up to the clarity of today's high-definition video. It is however an excellent snapshot of an important time in the nation's railroad history.