Diesel and Steam Trains: 9 Vintage Railroad Videos
Plus two 1930’s ads featuring steam trains and an antique clip of a staged train wreck (1913).
If you like old trains, you’ll love these films!
> * 2 steam train locomotives collide head-on. (1913) 1:21 (B & W) California State Fair (Clip) – Progressive Film Producing Company of America
* At This Moment – Handy (Jam) Organization 26:25 (Color) Importance of railroads to 1950s America. Directed by Haford Kerbawy.
* The Big Train – MPO Productions 26:02 (Color) Operations of the New York Central Railroad. Producer and director: Victor Solow. Introduced by NYCRR president Alfred E. Perlman.
* Big Trains Rolling – Dudley Pictures Corporation 23:53 (Color) How railroads, with both freight trains and passenger trains, keep the U.S. economy rolling.
* True Experience of Officer Harold Sewell, The – Unknown 1:20 (B & W) Dramatized screen ad showing how a flashlight powered by Eveready batteries prevents a steam train wreck.
* A Great Railroad at Work – Handy (Jam) Organization 39:04 (B & W) Everything there is to know about rail travel on the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad.
* Mainline U.S.A. – Dudley Pictures Corporation 19:03 (Color) Importance of railroads in the U.S. economy, with many great running views of freight trains and passenger trains.
* The Passenger Train (Second Edition) (1955) 10:41 (B & W) A young boy travels from Chicago, Illinois to Lamy, New Mexico via passenger train.
* Chevrolet Safe Roads Ad – Handy (Jam) Organization (1935) 7:38 (B & W) Driving is compared with running a railroad train. Has excellent images of steam locomotive passenger trains.
* This Is My Railroad – Unknown 28:55 (Color) Operations of the Southern Pacific Railroad, with many images of the territory that it serves. Has excellent footage of snow management and removal operations in the Sierra Nevada mountains.
* Troop Train – U.S. Office of War Information 10:50 (B & W) Evocative World War II-era film following a troop train: the coordination of effort; its staging and assembly of cars, cargo and passengers; its heavily guarded journey through the American countryside; and the food, sleep, exercise, training, drilling and recreation of its soldier-passengers.
* Wheels of Progress – Zenith Cinema Services, Inc. 19:02 (Color) Operations of the Rock Island Lines. Includes shots of high-speed “Rocket” freight trains; the operation of classification yards; and scenes of agricultural and industrial areas served by the railroad. Writer and Director: John A. McGee.
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