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Empire of the North D-121 Charles Smiley Presents
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Empire of the North D-121 Charles Smiley Presents Charles Smiley Presents D-121
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Watch the legacy of the Burlington Northern history unfold over the decades from the James Hill days to the 1970 merger. The BN in its original form has climbed to a new level with the BNSF merger. The quarter century of BN green brought many fans who never saw the great predecessors that formed it. We bring that missing story to the screen Including coverage of Inside Gateway Chicago Area Iowa Washington Oregon Montana Idaho See the historic formation of the American giant of the North - Burlington Northern. We cover those great vintage trains of the GN, NP, CB&Q and SP&S from the fifties into the seventies. Learn the history behind the James Hill lines and the legacy of building not only a rail empire but a good portion of the US economy. See the Zephyrs and the California Zephyr plus the trains of NP and GN that brought modern-travel style.

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DVD Item#:D-121
Runtime:1 Hour, 30 Mins ($0.25/min)
Producer:Charles Smiley Presents
Aspect Ratio:Full Screen
Shrink Wrapped?:Yes
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC
Empire of the North D-121 Charles Smiley Presents
dmacleo (Etna ME US) on 2017-07-31 12:35:32.

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  •  3 of 5

very interesting history about BN before it became BNSF

Additional remarks by dmacleo:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? I doubt it.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value: Good Value
Recommend to others? Yes.

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Empire of the North D-121 Charles Smiley Presents
kwcorky on 2008-01-19 11:18:38.

  •  5 of 5

I now own the VHS copy of this video and will order the DVD in order that I will not take the chance of not having it in the future. It is definitely a keeper for anyone like myself who is a fan of the 70's merger of the BN

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Empire of the North D-121 Charles Smiley Presents
rrvideoman on 2007-08-23 21:48:18.

  •  5 of 5

The BN, and the years that lead up to it. A true to style Charles Smiley movie. Plenty of locations along the BN line and the companies that became a part of the BN. Power ranges from the Steamers to diesels, the the early Zephyrs, from a wide variety of rail companies. Fallen Flags from eastern railroad make appearances with time in Chicago and Illinois. There is a short segment of a Canadian Pacific diesel train in the Rockies from the 1980's, and one Canadian National steam train from the 1950's.
The History is well told, along with maps from the merger railroads and from the Rock Island RR included to give a great perspective of the vastness of the BN empire. Extra notes include the Inside Gateway, why it was important, and scenes from some areas including trains on Keddie Wye and Williams Loop.
The movie closes with a look at today's modern BNSF with scenes from Sandpoint Idaho and street running in Fort Collins Colorado.
An excellent movie on the BN as many of us know it, and how the BN came to be what it is today.
Highly recommended to all railfans, even if not a BN fan.

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