Burlington Northern’s Fort Scott Sub

Rated 4 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
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It’s 1995, the last year for an independent Burlington Northern Railroad. Giant BNSF is still in the future, and the BN is having to make do with a lot of leased units on the Fort Scott Sub.

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It’s 1995, the last year for an independent Burlington Northern Railroad. Giant BNSF is still in the future, and the BN is having to make do with a lot of leased units on the Fort Scott Sub. Besides BN green we see various leased locomotives including GM/Oakway and MK units.

Originally a Frisco line, this BN Sub runs from Kansas City to Springfield, Missouri. A mixed bag of merchandise, intermodal and coal run on the Sub. This informative program is narrated, and many locations and trains are marked with on-screen captions.

This program 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 and place in the nation’s railroad history.

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3 reviews for Burlington Northern’s Fort Scott Sub

  1. Rated 2 out of 5

    KC fan

    I don’t normally do negative reviews. Personally it feels as though this reboot of the BN Fort Scott sub was kinda rushed. three times in this video the horn audio of trains honks quietly in the background seconds before the real horn does. that is clearly an audio mishap that the re-editors made. there is a blur line at the bottom of the screen. the beginning intro was kinda messed up. It was re-edited in a way that didn’t make sense. The video had an outro, and Railfan depot correctly did that outro with their new music, and should have done what they did there at the beginning, but didn’t. The narration was hard to understand. now this was true before railfandepot messed with it, but was made worse when they decided to allow the sound of the train to be heard behind the narration. at times it worked and at times it didn’t. My first three productions of Bob that I bought from railfan depot were surprisingly sharp, in how bright the colors were, it was clear digital remastering was done very well. on this tape though I cant see that any work was done to improve it. it is a little easier on the eyes now, but it didn’t seem drastically different. I am glad railfan depot brought it back though, and it is still worth picking up.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    This is a great DVD! It’s amazing to see how much not only the Fort Scott subdivision has changed but how much has changed from then to now. Highly recommend for anyone that’s a BN fan to pick this dvd up!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    KC fan

    It is a tape I rented from my local library. from the moment I discovered it, it was the only reason I went to the library, along side The UP across Missouri. This is truly the late Bob Ernst’s best show. I am partial to BN but it isn’t just that. Things just seem to come together in this show in such a way that makes it wonderful. it has a charm to it. It is like a really professional home movie. He captures the feel of the towns very well and he captures a side of BN it seems was over looked by many other producers. The trains in this show don’t have that stereotypical leslie S3K or RS3K sound, each train has a unique horn, and plenty of those LMX, OAKWAY, MPI and MK leasers and even a GATX ex conrail leaser can be found. He covers the two locals well. it is hard to put into words, but this show comes together in a way that very few train tapes come together. It has charm to it, has some kind of a story, you feel the movement down the route, you feel the surrounding area and see the interesting BN trains moving through it. the tape stagnates slightly at Paola where a lot of time is spent. It had a particularly good intro song on the original tape. This is a tape I am so glad that Railfan Depot has returned to the public eye, and one I can not wait to acquire.

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