AMERICAN RAILROADS OF THE 1940s & '50s
5 Shows on 1 Disc!
From the Pentrex archives comes a stunning collection of five classic films produced during the 1940s and 1950s by the Association of American Railroads. Showcasing 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:
On 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.
Lifeline 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.
225,000 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.
Railroads 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.
Mainline 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.
DVD Special Feature:
* Chapter Menus provides instant access to program segments.
1 Hour 35 Minutes
In Color and B&W with Hi-Fi Sound, Narration, and Live AudioFull-screen (4x3) Format
No region code; can be played in any NTSC DVD player worldwide
Packaged in Sturdy Vinyl Clamshell Case
ISBN: 1-56342-205-0UPC: 7-48268-00488-9
Produced by Pentrex on VHS in 1989, 1996; Released on DVD 2006