Featuring These 3 Shows on
* Gerald M. Best's California Limiteds
* California Zephyr
* Western Pacific on TV
Three rare films are brought together here for a nostalgic and thoroughly entertaining revisit of California railroading from the 1920s to the 1950s. Included on this combo DVD are:
Gerald M. Best's California Limiteds:
The films of railroad cinematographer Gerald M. Best are highly prized among devotees of the Southern Pacific and the Santa Fe. This video takes you back to the late 1920s for Best's own black and white movie footage capturing the Lark, the Daylight, the Grand Canyon Limited, and even the Santa Paula local. The action is mostly in Southern California but you'll also see Pullmans over Cajon Pass, action at long vanished city terminals, and the only footage we know of showing the Mt. Tamalpais gravity car! Black and white. 33 Minutes.
In this rare 1950s public relations film, you'll see glimpses of '50s-era Chicago, Denver, Salt Lake City, Oakland, and San Francisco, stopping points on the east-west route of the famous California Zephyr. Enjoy images taken in the diner, the sleepers, the Vista-Dome coaches, and from trackside. Relish the spectacular scenery that made this route so popular. Plus, a rare newsreel is included that features the last run of the California Zephyr! Color. 30 Minutes.
Western Pacific on TV:
Step back to 1956 and join host Bob Day in a television salute to the Western Pacific Railroad. This "Success Story" episode begins at WP's Oakland Yards with the 1872 Baldwin Genoa and Alco #94 steamers, Lucius Beebe's elegant Gold Coast private car, and WP's new F-unit #803-A, the pride of its fleet. Your tour includes the commissary, classrooms, and the Sacramento shops. Plus, you'll see the California Zephyr on the Feather River Route. Thanks to this gem of a film, we can view the Western Pacific when it was the role model for the American success story! Black and white. 30 Minutes.
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Presented in Standard Definition 4x3 Format
by Pentrex 1 Hour 33 Minutes * colour & b/w * narration on/off
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PILLARS of SMOKE in the SKY is a unique film about Norfolk and Western steam operation over the famous Blue Ridge Grade in 1957. Filmed with the cooperation of N&W management, producer E. C. Eddy was given full access to the line, yards and was allowed to ride aboard the Y class helper and pusher engines as they moved heavy coal trains from Roanoke to the top of the grade. No other film of N&W has the on-train perspectives that Mr. Eddy captured on 16mm film. You'll be amazed at his coverage. We have left the film intact with the original narration by Mr. Eddy and his own sounds which were recorded on his visit in 1957. 45 minutes. All color with sound and narration. The DVD has chapters.
by Herron Rail Video 45 mins * colour * narration
N&W Steam 1956-1958
o Cincinnati, Portsmouth in 1956-1958
o 2-6-6-4 A Class Breakdown!
o Rainy Day at Bonsack, VA in 1956 with Live Sound including A's, Y's Turbine Jawn Henry + J's & K2's!
o Pigeon Creek Shifter Chase with Y 6a 2136 in November, 1958!
All scenes with real N&W audio, much of it recorded when filmed!
Locomotive classes include:-
J Class 4-8-4's, K1 and K2 Class 4-8-2's,
A Class 2-6-6-4's, Y Class 2-8-8-2's,
Z Class 2-6-6-2's and S1a Class 0-8-0's.
by Herron Rail Video 78 minutes + Previews o Colour o Narration
From 16mm film by Donald J. Krofta.
Continuing with Donald J. Krofta's Steam & Diesel on the B&O, this second volume has more of his classic 1950's footage of B&O steam in the 1950's plus colorful diesel footage as B&O turned into the Chessie System in the 1970's and the Chessie Steam Special as it visited northern Ohio in 1977. Along the way, you'll get a touch of Erie-Lackawanna, Conrail, and one scene of Amtrak's Cardinal.
The 1950's steam action takes place at Deshler, Attica Junction, Willard, South Lima, Lorain, Warwick and other places in northern Ohio. You'll find 4-8-2's, 2-8-2's, 2-10-2's, 0-8-0's and the big EM1 class 2-8-8-4's.
Diesels are in the same general area and the Chessie Steam Special was filmed as it ran from Fostoria to Toledo with a service stop at Walbridge. The engine was ex-Reading 2101.
Real B&O steam sound recorded by Jim Hawk brings the steam scenes to life. The diesel sequences also have sound. Maps are included of most photo locations. Running time is 59 minutes plus previews of many other shows using Don Krofta's 16mm film are included at the end. Total program length with previews is 69 minutes. Narrated by Danny Harmon.
by Herron Rail 69 mins * colour * narrated
5 Classic Public Relations Railroad Films of the 1940s and 1950s!
Volume 2 contains five promotional films. Both steam and early diesel power are featured. These advertising films helped promote awareness in the minds of the American public about the value railroads played in their daily lives. Take a nostalgic journey back to those former days with these historic films:
Song of the Pioneer. Relive the earliest days of the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad with exciting footage of streamlined C&NW passenger trains. Color. 22 Minutes. The Railroad Story. This rare film tells the dramatic story of Illinois railroads, with footage of over 12 different systems. See CB&Q F-units, Wabash PAs, Nickel Plate Geeps, passenger and freight operations, Korean War troop trains, and more. Color. 23 Minutes.
A Railroad at Work. In this Milwaukee Road PR film produced in the late 1940s, you'll experience crack passenger trains, hard-working freights, solid ore trains, and streamlined, steam-powered Hiawathas. B&W. 26 Minutes. Opening a New Frontier. Follow a piggyback truck trailer from start to finish on a high-speed run from Chicago to New York. This show is about the latest innovations brought to rail service in 1955. B&W. 13 Minutes. Rolling the Freight. Centered around C&NW's giant Proviso Yard, this film shows how freight was moved in the late steam era of the 1940s. You'll see hump yard switching, freight handling, and car loading plus run-bys with both steam and early diesel powered freights. B&W. 29 Minutes.
1 Hour 53 Minutes In Color and B&W with Hi-Fi Sound, and Narration
AMERICAN RAILROADS OF THE 1940s & '50s\n 5 Shows on 1 Disc!\nShowcasing eastern and western lines, encompassing steam, early diesel, and electric motive power, this vintage film collection brings you a fascinating retrospective of our American railroading heritage. Included are:\nOn the Track. SP Cab Forwards, steam powered Daylights, and Black Widow diesels open this film about the railroad's significant and ongoing role in making America a powerful nation. Among the railroads represented are Santa Fe, NYC, Pennsy, GN, Milwaukee, Rio Grande, New Haven, Monon, and Southern. In color.\nLifeline of the Nation. Steam dominates this WWII era film about how railroads supported the war effort. The few diesels shown are very early models. You'll see Hiawathas and Box Cabs on the Milwaukee Road, steam and a GG-1 electric on the Pennsy, a rare streamlined Hudson on NYC's Empire State Express, and more. In black & white.\n225,000 Mile Proving Ground. This film takes its title from the 225,000 miles of track in service in 1953 when diesel power was replacing steam. The film shows many F-units and even shots of a Union Pacific gas turbine and Santa Fe billboard refrigerator cars. The dramatic close features a Rock Island F-unit passing right over the camera. In color.\nRailroads and National Defense. Made during the Korean War period, this film shows how the railroads helped rearm the nation while still meeting America's transportation needs. Pullmans and coaches provide troop transport while other trains haul tanks and trucks for shipment overseas. Featured railroads include the Katy, Texas & Pacific, IC, Seaboard, and UP. In color.\nMainline USA. This 1950s salute shows railroads meeting the challenge of economic growth by building hump yards, introducing welded rail and CTC, and designing safer trains and features great run-bys on the NYC, GN, D&RGW, Western Maryland, Pennsy, SF, UP, Rock Island, L&N, SP, B&O, and many others! In color.\nDVD Special Feature:\n*Chapter Menus provides instant access to program segments.\n1 Hour 35 Minutes In Color and B&W with Hi-Fi Sound, Narration, and Live Audio
Join C. Vision Productions for a remarkable look at the Railroads of the Black
Hills. Historic CB&Q footage by railroad historian Joe Douda, period railroad photographs and film dips from the collection of Rick W. Mills, and the images of
current rail operations from the cameras of C. Vision are combined to illustrate the 125 year history of the Black Hills railroads as never before.
Railroads included in this retrospective of narrow, dual, and standard gauge railroading are:
* Black Hills and Fort Pierre * Burlington and Missouri River * Burlington Northern * Burlington Northern and Santa Fe * Chicago, Burlington and Quincy * Chicago, Milwaukee and St Paul * Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific * Chicago and North Western * Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern * Dakota Southern * Deadwood Central * Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley * Black Hills Central * Rapid City, Black Hills and Western * Warren Lamb Lumber * Wyoming and Missouri River * Union Pacific.
by C.Vision Productions 59 mins * colour * narrated
Volume 1 - Ontario 1958
By 1958, diesels had largely replaced steam power on U. S. railroads. But in Canada, both Canadian National and Canadian Pacific railways continued to run steam locomotives. They, too, would be dieselized by 1960 but in 1958 each offered classic railroading in the grand style. Donald J. Krofta made four trips to Ontario that year to film them on 16mm.
In his film, shot at Windsor, Stratford, Palmerston, London, Sudbury and other locations, you'll find many passenger and freight trains under steam power. CN steam shown includes 4-6-0's, 4-6-2's, 4-6-4's, 4-8-2's, 4-8-4's, 2-8-0's and 2-8-2's.
CP power includes 2-8-0's, 2-8-2's . 4-6-2's and 4-6-4's. A few diesels also appear.
Authentic CN & CP steam sound added.
by Herron Rail Video *75 mins * 95% colour, 5% b&w * narrated
Cajon to Horseshoe: Trains Across Mid-America and the West
Gene Miller got around during the 1940s and 1950s...shooting classic and irreplaceable 16mm movies near his home in the St. Louis area and farther to the north, west and east... as steam power was fading from the American rail scene with the arrival of First Generation diesel motive power. Journey with Gene as he photographs train action in Metro Chicago and the St. Louis area and then heads west to see the Union Pacific, Santa Fe and Southern Pacific in all their steam glory. He returns to the Baltimore & Ohio in Kentucky before wrapping up on the Pennsylvania Railroad's legendary Horseshoe Curve.
by Green Frog Productions Approx. 50 mins * colour * narrated
With The Galloping Goose No.5
This 3 programme DVD brings you the rebuilding of a portion of the Rio Grande Southern including the restoration of the Galloping Goose No. 5 and the scenic Durango and Silverton Railfest
The Return of the Rio Grande Southern
documents the revival of a portion of the Rio Grande Southern Railroad in Colorado. The line ran from Ridgway through Telluride, Rico, Dolores, Mancos and Durango. The Rio Grande Southern started in 1889 and was abandoned in 1951, but now the efforts of the Galloping Goose Historical Society of Dolores, Colorado, have made plans to restore a portion of the narrow gauge railway that once existed 30 Min.
The Trains of August
highlights the Durango and Silverton Railfest, the celebration that brings together classic pieces of railroading equipment to run on one of the most scenic lines in the world. The festival gathers together old timers like the "Eureka Engine," an 1875 wood-burner, and "the Galloping Geese," that used to run on the Rio Grande Southern Railroad. These are just a few of the attractions that have assembled in Durango to celebrate the Spirit of Mountain Railroading 30 Min.
The Return of Galloping Goose No. 5
This informative feature documents the interesting railroading story about the Galloping Goose Historical Society of Dolores, Colorado, and their efforts to restore Galloping Goose No. 5 to its original operating condition. During the 1930's, when the Southern could not afford its steam train operations, the Galloping Geese were introduced, and extended the lifetime of the Rio Grande Southern Railroad by 20 years. 60 Min.
by David Bowyer Productions 120 mins * colour * narrated
Rails in the Heartland - The L&N, C&EI and IT
It was an era of war and heartbreak and then of peace and hope and prosperity. The nation's railroads were stressed nearly to the limit during World War II and then emerged from the conflict to confront nearly worn-out and aging steam locomotives and a dwindling passenger business. Despite this, it was still a heady period on the high iron. Gene Miller was in the Heartland during this era shooting 16mm movies of this tough transition initially, in and around Evansville, Indiana.
Many of our rail action scenes were shot in Evansville where the Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railway made an end-to-end connection with the Louisville and Nashville at the L&N passenger depot alongside the Ohio River. The C & E I entered Evansville from the northeast, ran down the middle of Division Street, and jogged over one block to end at the depot which had run-through tracks and a stub-end terminal for Louisville & Nashville trains. The L&N headed west, across Pigeon Creek, where its line to St. Louis split off at a wye at North Howell. The L&Ns Howell Yard and bustling engine terminal were alongside the line heading south to Louisville and Nashville.
by Green Frog Productions Approx. 45 mins * colour * narrated
The Pennsy's West End and its Neighbors
Gene Miller took superb 16mm movies of railroad steam action right after World War II. (75% in COLOR!.) Join with us as we step back over a half century to view and enjoy Part 1 of the memorable rail movies he shot mostly during the era between 1945 and 1950 with, perhaps, some scenes earlier than that of the Pennsylvania Railroad in Metro Chicago, St. Louis, Terre Haute, and the surrounding areas and its neighboring railroads.
An incredible array of steamers from the Pennsy appear in the major first part of this program, such as J-1's. T-1's, K-4's M-1A's, H Class 0-8-0's, H-6's, H-10's. Early diesels also show their stuff, such as F-3's, F-7's, as well as Baldwin Centipedes.
Many other railroad's steam and early diesels are found in Chicago, and the West End including Frisco, Alton & Southern, Terminal R.R. of St. Louis, Grand Trunk, GM&O, C&O, C&WI, DM&IR, Erie, Monon, Belt Ry, Chicago Great Western, C&NW, NYC, Wabash, and L&N. (SPV - Excellent - full of interest!)
by Green Frog Productions 54 mins * colour * narrated * 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound
Covers early streamliners 1934-1940, Classic steam power in the 1930's & 1950's with 1950's scenes around the Council Bluffs-Omaha area and 1990's action of 4-8-4 844 and Challenger 3985.
844 is seen at St Louis in 1990, on ex-D&RGW Tennessee Pass line and other locations on UP.
3985 is covered on CSX and ex-Clinchfield (lettered CRR 676 on CRR segment) and on other locations on U.P.
A bonus is the 1939 premier parade for the movie "Union Pacific". The very rare steam turbines are in this segment.
Steam power includes 4-6-2's, 4-8-2's, 4-8-4's,4-12-2, 2-8-0, 2-8-2's, 2-10-2, and a couple of Challengers plus the two steam turbines.
by Herron * 52 mins * colour & b/w * hifi sound * narrated
Real NYC Sound, much of it recorded on the scene when filmed
Continuing from Volume 1 of this series, and from 16mm film by Donald J. Krofta, the action begins on the Michigan Branch local trains operating out of Wabash, Indiana to Marion, Indiana with 2-8-2's. A local is followed to Marion and then Don stopped at Payne, OH to grab a nice interlude of NKP steam. Returning to Cincinnati over several visits in 1956 - 57, the last days of steam are featured with 4-8-2 Mohawks running in tandem or as helpers as diesels began to infiltrate the Cincinnati to Greensburg segment.
Mikados are seen on the Whitewater Branch and in yard service at Riverside Yard in Cincinnati. There are Mikados in the 1300, 1400, 1500 and 1900 series plus L2, L3, and L4 Mohawks and 0-8-0 switchers.
Also included in this volume is footage at Greensburg, IN whit L2 and L3 power plus an ex-Indiana Harbor Belt 2-8-2. Don also used more color film in this program that in volume 1.
Diesels shown include NYC's original ALCO FA 1000, FM C-Liners, and EMD F7's.
After steam's demise on the Indiana Division, the action switches to the Ohio Central Division (not today's Ohio Central RR) where first generation diesels are featured in the 1960's. You'll find EMD F unite, FM C-Liners, and ALCO FA's as well as GP 9's and GP 20's. The Ohio Central portion is all color except for one scene. If you have Volume 1, you don't want to miss Volume 2!
Indiana Division 1956 Vol 1 by Herron Rail
* 60 mins * colour * hifi sound * narrated
In Spring 1956, Donald J. Krofta visited NYCs Indiana Division to shoot 16 mm film of the last steam action on the NYC. Concentrating on the Big Four lines between Lafayette, Indiana and Kankakee, Illinois as well as between Cincinnati, Ohio and Greensburg, Indiana, his film takes us back to NYC steam action in its last great stand. Youll see several classes of 4-8-2 Mohawks, 2-8-2 Mikados and 0-6-0 and 0-8-0 switchers. Between Cincinnati and Sunman, IN, many of the freight trains were double headed with Mohawkes used as helpers. On the heavy grade out of Lafayette, IN, Mikados were often used as pushers. Also, a few B&O trains are seen in the Cincinnati area under steam power and one N&W Y-3 class 2-8-8-2 is found on a transfer run at Cincinnati.
Railfan Jim Hawk was also along on these trips where he recorded sounds of the engines being filmed. We have matched those sounds to the film to bring you actual sound recorded at the time.
From Chicago north to Lake Superior, west to Seattle and Tacoma, & across the plains into the Dakotas, the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad was America's ambassador of speed on rails!
This documentary tells the history of the Milwaukee Road while presenting the best film footage from several major collections including The Milwaukee Road Historical Society and film from the railroad's own files. You'll find expert coverage on steam, electric and diesel motive power, the great Hiawatha passenger trains, freight service and even several bankruptcies and the abandonment of its transcontinental main line.
For anyone interested in The Milwaukee Road or the great Streamliners of the 1930's and 40's, this program is a MUST!
by Herron Rail * 85 mins * colour * narrated
Excellent 16mm archive film of mainline and branch operations with a wide range of power & consists. Re-live the final years of regular service steam with the engineers. No dubbed sound but a plethora of facts and operating nuances. There are fascinating tales of unofficial racing - how an injured crew stopped a fast moving passenger when a 2" live steam pipe burst in the cab - running dry on the road - the experience and knowledge of Newton Rossiter makes fascinating listening. Steam Memories of Ontario. Power covered in a good variety of locations summer & Winter. CN; H class 4-6-0 Ten wheelers, N class 2-8-0- Consolidations, J & K class 4-6-2 Pacifics, S class 2-8-2 Mikados, K class 4-6-4 Hudsons, U1 class 4-8-2 Mountains and U2 & U3 class class 4-8-4 Northens.
CP; F class 4-4-4 Jubilees, D class 4-6-0 Ten wheelers, M & N class 2-8-0 Consolidation, G class 4-6-2 Pacifics, P class 2-8-2 Mikados, H class 4-6-4 Hudson & Royal Hudson. 54 mins
Newt Rossiter - A Last Look At Steam
The last days of steam in Canada during the 1950s, + some initial fan trips on the Nickle Plate, Missabe Road, Grand Trunk Western, CN & CP. Great scenes plus a facinating narration bringing this era to life. 30 mins
Manitoba Steam 1958
Action from CN & CP: power incl. 4-6-0s, 4-6-2s, 4-6-4s, 2-8-2s, 4-8-2s, and 2-10-2s of CN & CP classes U-1, S-1, S-2, K-3, J-4, T-1, T-4, G-4, G-5, D-10, P-1, G-3, H-1, N-2, Royal Hudson. Newton Rossiter gives a continuous and very uniquely detailed narration. 30 mins
by Rail Innovations 110 mins * colour * narrated
VOLUMES 1 & 2 COMBINED
Beginning in 1954, Donald Krofta made several trips to film steam power on the PRR as it was being replaced by diesels. These programmes are mainly steam but take you into the modern era, too, with views of Penn Central and even a few Conrail scenes, all shot on former PRR trackage.
Volume 1 - Altoona, Horseshoe Curve & Tyrone 1955-1976
Middle Division:- J1a, I1a, M1a and other classes of steam are found in service plus diesels from Baldwin, Alco, and EMD. Also shown are the yards and shop trackage at Altoona over the years. Rarities include the Aerotrain and ex-GN electrics. There is also additional footage of Penn Central and a sampling of Conrail, all in a region between Tyrone, Altoona and Horseshoe Curve. 53 mins
Volume 2 - Ohio Lines 1955-1968
Sandusky Division:- J1a, I1, H10 steam and ATSF 2-10-4's are found in service pus diesels from Baldwin, Alco, and EMD. Also shown are the yards and shops trackage at Columbus. Rarities include a chase of ATSF engine 5032. 49 mins
by Herron Rail 95 mins * colour * narratedDVD Regular Price £21 -NOW £14 ONLY
The Big Four Route-Double Feature-Volume 1 60 minutes
Donald J. Krofta takes you back to the period of January - June, 1955 when NYC was still running steam on its BIG FOUR Ohio Division. With much of the action around Bellefontaine, Ohio, you'll see Hudsons, Mohawks, Mikados, and an occasional diesel or Niagara on passenger and freight trains. Don is a dramatic shooter and gives you great detail views most others omit. His films were well known by NYC fans and we're pleased to offer them to you. Mostly shot in classic B&W, there are many original sounds recorded at the time by Jim Hawk.
Volume 2 47 minutes
Donald J. Krofta takes you back to the period of July - December, 1955 when NYC was still running steam on its BIG FOUR Ohio Division. By February of 1956, it would all end and diesels would be ensconced forever. With Niagaras and P&LE Berkshires appearing more and more, this tape takes you back to the final 6 months of steam on the Ohio division, plus it has Don's 1955 trip to St. Louis on which he encountered more NYC steam in Indiana, Illinois, and other steam on the ICRR and C&IM. Mainly classic B&W with many authentic sounds by Jim Hawk.
by Herron Rail combined 107 mins * colour * narrated
Regular Price £21
SPECIAL OFFER £14
Captured is the end of steam at its finest on 16mm color films. You'll witness the splendid action captured as steam bid it's farewell.
We'll see Northern Pacific steam, Klickitat Lumber, Rayonier Lumber, Hillcrest Lumber (Shays, and Climaxes in these three sections!) Canadian Steam in Western Canada, Mallets of the Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range, and Norfolk & Western Class A's and J's plus more. 55 Mins.
Incredible video from original 16mm negative film.
On volume 2 you will see Union Pacific Big Boys, Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range articulateds, Duluth, & Northeastern as well as more steam in other parts of the country...
From 4-8-8-4's to 2-8-0's. Beautifully photographed and 99% in FULL COLOR! 29 Mins.
Crisp, sharp 16mm film see the end of steam in the U.S. and Canada. In fact, there are 14 different railroads covered in this exceptional collection of steam. They include: * Chicago & Northwestern *Canadian National * Canadian Pacific * Missouri Pacific * Erie * Chicago & Illinois Midland * Pennsylvania Railroad * Northern Pacific * Grand Trunk * Illinois Central * Baltimore & Ohio * Norfolk & Western * New York Central * Rock Island 58 Mins.
VOLUME ONE - EARLY DAYS AND FREIGHTS
Noted railfan George Meyer began filming Colorado railroading in the late 1930's. For over 3 decades he continued to film the drama of railroading in the High Country on the Denver & Rio Grande Western and Rio Grande Southern. Beginning in 1939, you'll see Consolidations and Mikados in many locations along the famed D&RGW. Also, the Galloping Geese of the Rio Grande Southern. This is real action filmed in the days when Colorado railroads were running the San Juan, Mixed trains to Silverton, and freights with multiple engines and pushers,
With additional film by Dick Baldwin, David J. Williams,lll, and Ben T, Young, Jr., you'll visit such locations as Monarch Pass, Salida, Alamosa, Chama, Durango, Silverton, and Farmington.
You'll see roundhouses, dual gauge freights, helpers, servicing and more on the D&RGW
Rio Grande Southern Galloping Geese are seen af Rico, on trestles near Ophir, and near Lizard Head
by Herron Rail 70 mins * colour * narrated
Baltimore & Ohio 1950s Steam Action
Northern Ohio offered the last vistas of hard charging steam on the B&O. Running out of Willard, Ohio and Garrett, Indiana on the busy Chicago - Pittsburgh main line. B&O staged a spectacular show with fast freights powered by home-built T-3 and ex- B&M T-4 class 4-8-2 s. Other freights ran behind S-1 Class 2-10-2's. Local freights were handled by Q-4 Class 2-8-2's. Passenger trains were running with P-7 class Pacifies and EMD E's. Heavy coal trains moved by the big EM-1 2-8-8-4's and S1 2-10-2's. We finish with a brief look at the early diesels.
This is a programme of considerable charm and atmosphere made possible with some absolutely stunningly clear b&w and beautiful colour film with narration.
C&O Steam Power With Live Sound
B&O subjects include passenger and freight trains on the main line to Pittsburgh west of Cumberland, MD on the famous Sand Patch grade and other points. You will see locomotives in the following classes: 4-6-2 Pacifics, 2-8-2 Mikados, 2-10-2 "Big 6's", and 2-8-8-4 EM-l's.
C&0 subjects include coal trains pulled by 2-6-6-6 H-8 class Alleghenies plus a 2-8-2 -and a passenger train pulled by a streamlined 4-6-4 class L-2 Hudson.
All sequences have live sound recorded on the film at the time of exposure.
NOTE: Due to the rarity of the footage in this program, there is no narration to interfere with the original live sound.
by Herron Rail * 95 mins * colour/b&w
Regular Price £19
SPECIAL OFFER £14
Volume 1 - Summer & Fall
Views of commuter and mainline passenger and freight trains, plus supporting scenes of stations, yards and track repairs.
Here we have continuous action as Pacifics, Moguls, Atlantics, and first generation E7 diesels work passenger trains in main line and commuter service in the Boston suburban area. Train consists include "The Kennebec", "The Gull", "The Flying Yankee" and "The Mountaineer". Also 2-8-0 hauled local freight.
A fascinating story is told of track repairs conducted with a mix of 1950 era mechanised and hand tools.
All in the renowned beautiful summer and fall New England countryside, Massachusetts locations include Wakefield Jct, Reading, Greenwood, Wilmington, Ballardville, Melrose, Lowell Jct. Also Intervale & Somersworth, New Hampshire. 45 mins
Volume 2 - Winter & Spring)
Spectacular views of fast paced action with steam and some diesel trains bucking snow drifts as workers shovel station platforms. Steam was never more dramatic!
As spring plumage arrives on the trees and the winter cold is shaken off, follow more passenger trains and a local freight mainly in the warm sun.
The "players" in this all action programme include Atlantics, Pacifics, Mountains, Moguls, Switchers and Consolidations, plus diesel switchers and E7s hauling named trains such as the "Gull", "Kennebec", Ambassador", "Mountaineer" plus the Rockingham Park Specials, commuter trains in profusion and the "High Car" local freight.
Added to all this drama is a North Station extravaganza of fascinating action as a wide variety of trains come and go. 52 mins
by Herron Rail combined 92 mins * colour * narrated * PAL
Ref: T20 Regular Price: £19.00
SPECIAL OFFER £14
This programme will take you back to the great days of THE STANDARD RAILROAD OF THE WORLD with some incredible scenes. You'll see very rare beasts indeed such as the Duplex T1 4-4-4-4, S1 6-4-4-6 and even a Q2 4-4-6-4. All these locomotives had rigid frames! There are also 'Camelback' and many other of the traditional Pennsy giants of steam, plus some electric and early diesel.
With this superb quality archive film, from the cameras of John M. Prophet, Bob Flack, D.J. Williams, Joe Orgil, H.R. Blackburn, Ben T. Young Jr. and Dick Baldwin, you will thrill to the sights and sounds of the parade of T1s and other giants on the famous Horseshoe Curve and at other locations on the vast Pennsy system. And how about water scooping from track plans? It's all here in this marvelous programme of evocative images from the 1930s, 40s and 50s as only the Pennsy could offer.
This footage shows scenes at:
* BUFFALO AREA, ARCADE, OIL CITY: M1s, L1s, K4s, I1s and an E3.
* CHICAGO: S1, T1s, K4s, Baldwin Centipedes, Sharks & Es.
* NORTHERN INDIANA: Classics from the 1920s, 40s & 50s.
* ENGLEWOOD: K4s, T1, Es.
* ELMIRA BRANCH: I1s, M1s, E8.
* MAIN LINE out of Broad Street to Horseshoe Curve in 1946 colour.
* HORSESHOE CURVE, GALLITZIN: I1s, T1s, M1s, K4s, Q2, L1, N.
* NORTHUMBERLAND: K4s, H10, historic collection & more.
* ELIZABETH: M1s, K4, GG1s P5As & more. Plus CNJ, B&O & RDG steam at CNJ station.DVD Regular Price £20 -NOW £14 ONLY
The Glory of New England railroading was never better than on MAINE CENTRAL'S MOUNTAIN DIVISION in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Photographer Stan Whitney takes you back to 1946 and 1950 to relive the beauty and majesty of steam railroading in the vicinity of Crawford Notch, not far from Mt. Washington. Stan's brilliant photography has created a rare and marvelous time capsule that will allow you to experience the very real atmosphere of New England steam railroading 50 years or more ago. Be there to witness fantastic atmospheric scenes of steam engines going about their daily work in the cold light of dawn and heavy mists to doubleheaded freights with pushers blasting up grade. Fantastic!
Leaving Boston, we trace the B&M - MEC seasonal train "The Mountaineer" en route to Intervale where a Maine Central crew assumes the run up "THE NOTCH". You'll enjoy the view of the rear platform as the E-7 attacks the grade.
Then spend a day on the Mountain Division and observe every movement from dawn to dusk with doubleheaded road and pusher locomotives, mixed trains, local freights and the daily passenger run from Portland. With beautiful scenery this all steam operation was all you could hope for in New England. Also included are shots of the roundhouse at Bartlet, servicing operations and many detail shots of structures.
Stan Whitney spared no effort to capture the full glory of this operation and he deserves special credit for this great work. The film, now owned by James T. Ickes, was provided through the cooperation of the Boston & Maine Historical Society Inc., with arrangements by Carl R. Byron.
This is one of my very favourite archive programmes. It really is a time capsule.
by Herron Rail Services 77 mins * colour * narrated
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This documentary will take you back mainly to the Pennsylvania RR of the 1950s, when steam was making its last great stand and diesels of every description were appearing. Always a railroad of great character, at no other time could the pennsy offer a wider variety of motive power amid such great atmosphere. A time when the Pennsy was great and still considered itself, with some justification - THE STANDARD RAILROAD OF THE WORLD. A time of idyllic memories. These combined volumes are a classic and comprehensive review of Pennsy operations and equipment in the 1950s. An emphatic must for all Pennsy fans. Indeed a must for ALL railfans!
VOLUME 1 LONG ISLAND: 4-6-0s 2-8-0s, ALCO & Fairbanks-Morse diesels, Electrics. SUNNYSIDE YARD: 2-8-0s, electric switcher, GG1s, more. NEW YORK & LONG BRANCH: K4s, 4-6-0s, CAMELBACK 774, Baldwin double ended (CNJ) & Shark-Nose diesels. ATLANTIC CITY (PRSL): K4s, E6 Atlantics, B6, Doodlebug. ELIZABETH (NY Division): GG1s, P5As, MP54 emus, standard and streamlined passenger trains (incl. Keystone experimental). HARRISBURG: E units, GG1s L1s B1 switcher. Enola yard: I1 Decapods, M1 Mountains H10 Consolidations, Fs, FAs, P5A, Baldwins, electrics, much more.
VOLUME 2 ROCKVILLE BRIDGE: Steam & diesel freights. MIDDLE DIVISION: Chase M1s, K4 F7s. Altoona yard: I1s, M1s, Baldwin Centipedes, ALCO FAs, EMD Fs, GPs, SDs, more. HORSESHOE CURVE: (1940s) K4s, M1s, I1s, J1, T1 Duplex. (1950s) E7s, E8s, F7s, FAs, RS11s, Centipedes, Sharks. ACROSS OHIO: E7s, E8s, PAs, F7s, SW1, Sharks, + NYC Fs & NKP Berk'. COLUMBUS: J1s I1s, H10s, C liners, Erie-Builts + ATSF 2-10-4s, N&W 480s, 0-8-0s, K2 streamlined 4-8-2, 2--6-6-4, more. SANDUSKY LINE: J1s, coaling stns., Attica Jct. + B&O T3 & T4sDVD Regular Price £21 - NOW £14 ONLY