This documentary style program gives us a rare look at a self-contained railroad. Every railroad that runs in and out of Chicago interchanges with the Belt Railway of Chicago (BRC). We’ll see hump yard action and watch cars being humped from the control tower. We’ll go inside the tower and the full service engine house. We’ll get some cab views and visit the dispatching center.
And, of course, we’ll see the trains! Transfers, yard jobs and mainline trains. We’ll visit Clearing Yard and use maps to get a better idea of the flow of cars through Clearing Yard.
This is vintage mid-nineties footage, shot using vintage nineties equipment. It is not as sharp as programs shot today. Still, these are interesting scenes, many not covered elsewhere, and the narration is informative and top notch.