The New York Central of the 1940s was a mighty railroad with a never-ending parade of freight and passenger trains making their way along the well maintained tracks of the Water Level Route. The NYC hired cinematographer Fred Beach to produce a number of public relations and employee training films. Mr. Beach went trackside between 1941 and 1954 to record the many activities of this iconic railroad. In 1993, Pentrex released two videos featuring Fred Beach’s work, including many films that were not previously released to the public. Both videos have now been combined on one DVD for your enjoyment:
NYC, An Insider’s View
We begin our journey with black and white footage taken during World War II, when the powerful Hudsons were still the pride of the fleet. Then we move forward in time to the early diesel era with all color footage. Crack passenger limiteds, local commuter trains, and plenty of freight action are all found in abundance as we journey along the NYC’s mainline between Harmon and Buffalo, New York. We also visit the Harmon roundhouse and watch as steam locomotives are serviced between runs. Our tour demonstrates fully what made the NYC such an impressive entity: famous locomotives, sleek passenger trains, efficient operations, beautiful surroundings, and nonstop action!
NYC, The Beach CollectionThree popular New York Central films produced for the railroad by Fred Beach are presented here: The Freight Yard, The Steam Locomotive, and The Railroad Signal. Interspersed with them are fascinating commentaries by Mr. Beach in which he explains how and why the films were produced. Here is your opportunity to gain a rare insight into the history of these influential films and enjoy a personal conversation with the railroad filmmaker who made history.
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