From the Irving E. August 16mm Film Collection by an exclusive arrangement with the ROCKY MOUNTAIN RAILROAD CLUB.
Throughout the Fifties, railfan Iry August filmed in color the daily activities of North America's railroads. Those sights are gone forever. Now, you can see them again as often as you wish in your own living room. Climb aboard THE FIFTIES EXPRESS for a trip to a time when Steamers and First Generation Diesels roamed America's railroads.
You'll see Central Vermont steamers at the White River Roundhouse, the Canadian National west of Montreal, Western Maryland freight and passenger trains between Elkins, West Virginia and Cumberland, Maryland, freight and passenger trains of the Baltimore & Ohio, and steam on the Pennsylvania Railroad's famous Horse Shoe Curve. You're trackside on the the New York Central, the Nickel Plate, the Boston & Maine... and at Edaville, the two foot gauge tourist line. On the New Haven follow a steam fan trip in 1953.
Massive Y-6 compound articulated 2-8-8-2's are featured on the Norfolk & Western along with the sleek "J" engines on the "Powhatan" and "Cavalier". Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range articulateds move ore to the docks at Two Harbors, Minnesota. A huge Northern Pacific articulated is serviced at Bozeman, Montana. Milwaukee Road Electrics live again as the "Olympian" pulls out of Three Forks, Montana. A pair of "Little Joe's" arrive with a freight.
The Grand Finale...The scene shifts to the North where the Canadian Rockies form a grand backdrop for the steam and diesel powered trains of the Canadian Pacific.
Announcer-railfan Rege Cordic narrates this high quality color production which includes synchro-dubbed sound.
52 minutes. Photograph: Bill Price © 1987 WB Video Productions. All Rights Reserved.