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2101 STOMPIN' ON SAND PATCH SUNDAY RIVER 36 minutes

2101 is the engine that died and then was resurrected. After a life in Reading freight service and a stint hauling rail fans on the famous Reading Rambles in the early 1960s 2101 was left to rust in a Baltimore scrap yard. 2101 was then rebuilt in just a few months to pull The American Freedom Train. She took over for Southern Pacific engine 4449 which was used for most of the nationwide bi-centennial celebration tour. 4449 was just too large for some eastern routes. We see the maiden run of 2101 following reconstruction. In Birmingham, as 4449 draws alongside, the flags are passed to 2101. On 2101's first day with the Freedom Train we see her rolling north along the west bank of the Hudson River though the dramatic Storm King Narrows and the famous Hoosac Tunnel and then along the Connecticut and White Rivers of Vermont. We pace her through the New England snow. The year after the nation's bi-centennial, The Chessie System leased 2101, repainted her with bright yellow, and sent the engine on a publicity campaign to promote highway crossing safety. From Baltimore 2101 runs west along the Potomac. She then faces two of the most challenging main line railroad grades in the east: the 1.7% to Sand Patch and the 2.18% 17 mile grade to Terra Alta. Sunday River captures 2101 on each of them with a train of 19 heavyweight cars - without helpers of any kind -an awesome demonstration of raw unassisted steam power.

$ 28.75
3985 CHALLENGER SUNDAY RIVER 48 minutes

Highlights from the history of the 4-6-6-4 Challenger engines built by ALCO between 1936 and 1943. Take unique trips with 3985 the only Challenger still remaining in operation and one of the largest steam locomotives operating today. See early excursions after reconstruction in 1981 and pace her from the air as 3985 doubleheads with 8444 over Sherman Hill. The pair of engines crests Donner Pass deep in snow. Watch 3985_s first solo expedition across Wyoming and through the Bear River Range to Pocatello. Catch the first fan trip down the city streets of Salt Lake, south to Provo and experience breathtaking pacing against the Wasatch Range all white with winter. Bonus footage at the end shows 4-6-6-4s, a few 4-8-4s, and early diesels in the 1940s on the high Plains of Nebraska when Challengers did real work on the Union Pacific.

$ 32.75
611 ACROSS THE MOUNTAINS SUNDAY RIVER 30 minutes

The streamlined bullet nose 'J_ Class 4-8-4 engine #611 steps out on one of her rare trips across the summits of the Norfolk and Western main line between Roanoke and Portsmouth. Helicopter footage tracks the engine and passenger train into the Allegheny Mountains to places far beyond the beaten path: steaming into tunnels beneath vertical cliffs and blazing across isolated bridges. Jim Bistline, General Manager of Steam Operations for the Norfolk Southern, describes the trials of keeping the history of steam alive. 611, a marvel of precision engineering and striking beauty, along with the Independence Limited, inspires both warm and poignant memories that are captured here permanently for every one of us to keep.

$ 28.75
611 FOREVER SUNDAY RIVER 66 minutes

In this action-packed DVD, follow the indomitable #611 pulling famed named trains, The Pocahontas and Powhatan Arrow, in the 1950s, as well as a tragic wreck that nearly became her undoing. Then, in the 1980s, stunning aerial photography hovers above cliffs and snakes through hidden hollers deep in the mountains, tracking #611 through West Virginia and Ohio. The streamlined bullet nose _Jミ Class 4-8-4 engine steps out on one of her rare trips across the summits of the Norfolk and Western main line between Roanoke and Portsmouth.Finally, in 2015, witness #611 firing back to life once more. See this marvel of precision engineering and striking beauty, the Norfolk & Western #611_the engine rail fans will celebrate forever.

$ 32.75
614 THUNDER IN THE ALLEGHENIES SUNDAY RIVER 44 minutes

The famous 614, C&O brute power restored to sleek, absolute perfection, thunders up the New River Gorge in West Virginia. Watch two round trips from Huntington to Hinton and return in winter as 614 wrestles the coal drags, the first on bare ground and the second in the snow. Then, 614 blazes through the Great Gorge in all its autumn splendor and climbs both Afton Mountain and Allegheny Summit. See and feel C&O power!

$ 33.75
8444 ACROSS OREGON SUNDAY RIVER 46 minutes

In two entirely different trips between Cheyenne and Portland, Oregon, (in 1974 and 1979) 8444 steams along_with NO diesel support_pulling a long armor yellow consist over the steepest grades on the Union Pacific system. The train sets out from Colorado, climbs Sherman Hill, and blazes down Weber and Echo canyons into Utah. We pace her across Idaho. The DVD tracks the engine on four runs over the Blue Mountains between La Grande and Pendelton crowned with snow. Dynamic pacing shots follow 8444 mile after mile at 70 MPH along the azure rim of the great Columbia River Gorge, through tunnels, over bridges, and across long fills reflected in the deep blue of the river itself. Bonus footage depicts a Great Northern passenger train climbing the arid canyon of the Deschutes River, a tributary of the Columbia River, accessible only by train. Watch from a Dutch door while a moonscape scenery unfolds between Wishram and Madras.

$ 28.75
8444 AT WORK SUNDAY RIVER

8444 is one of only 2 steam engines that have been in continuous operation in North America (the other is Southern 4501). Watch the best run pasts chosen from 15 years of shooting on Sherman Hill_with breathtaking views from both the ground and air_while listening to the rich history of the Union Pacific rail lines on this famous grade. The DVD captures 8444 between fan trips in the 1960s and 70s, hauling both revenue freight and passenger service, and features a singular event when 8444 pulled _The City of St. Louis' from Denver to Cheyenne. Follow this unique trip from both trackside and in the cab. She also steams from Rawlins with a 105 car way freight. 8444 then takes the UP hotshot _Northwest Forwarder' Cheyenne to Rawlins non-stop with 78 cars. She is part of the Union Pacific_s _royal family of steam.' Catch the intrepid 8444 hard at work!

$ 28.75
8444 IN THE BEGINNING SUNDAY RIVER 30 minutes

Back when the 8444 got her 4_digit number, steam had not yet vanished from the Union Pacific. While mammoth _Big Boys' and decapods lay dormant awaiting the fall grain rush and the great City fleet of Streamliners whisked by, 8444 worked. This DVD salutes 8444 in spectacular excursions from Denver to Rawlins and Ogden to Green River, complete with domes and full service diners. A marvelous brass-railed, open platform 1890_s observation car brings up the rear of a glistening streamlined consist. Explore the Dent Branch between Denver and La Salle in detail. In the finale, 8444 forges through a major blizzard on Sherman Hill in what UP upper management threatened would be her last run. But, luckily for us, she continues to steam on to the present day.

$ 28.75
ACROSS THE TOP STEAM IN THE HIGH ROCKIES SUNDAY RIVER 47 minutes

RIDE STEAM ACROSS THE HIGHEST RAILROAD PASSES IN NORTH AMERICA The 1930's: Watch the ore trains descend from the Blackhawk Mine on the Colorado Central to Clear Creek. The South Park Line is shown with quadruple headers battling upgrade through South Platte Canyon. The last passenger train from Leadville to Denver. Scenes at Buffalo, Pine Creek and detail shots of Como. Enrout to Boreas Pass and Fairplay.

The 1940's: Ride the "San Juan" from Toltec to Durango; watch both freights and mixed trains on the Silverton . Ride over Marshall Pass and down the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Scenes of the "Shavano", the Transcontinental Express of the thirties, at Gunnison and the Colorado Museum's 346 as it really used to be. Finally, climb aboard and pull the throttle on the climb from Leadville to Climax. Includes early 1400 class Mallets doubleheading and the monster 3400 series, the last steam built for D&RG.

$ 38.75
ARTICULATEDS IN APPALACHIA SUNDAY RIVER

A fascinating look at the monsters that ruled Eastern United States for almost a generation. It opens with scenes from Sunday River's "Baltimore and Ohio" and closes with Archie Julian's "Battle for the Blue Ridge". It features - in spectacular sync sound - the last and most efficient Main Line articulateds built in America, the B&O 2-8-8-4 "Yellowstone" locomotives. See the rigid frame 2-6-6-6 Allegheny of the Chesapeake & Ohio, the world's most powerful steam locomotive, as well as the President Class 4-6-2s on the crack B&O limiteds, "Cinncinnatian" and "Washingtonian". C&O streamlined Hudson's haul "The Sportsman" and "The George Washington". A single 2-6-6-6 westbound from Covington with 100 loaded hoppers creeps to the summit at barely 5 MPH and in contrast fast freights race thru White Sulfur and B&O articulateds pound thru Confluence and New Castle. A definitive study of these powerful articulated engines!

$ 28.75
AUTUMN IN THE GREAT GORGE SUNDAY RIVER 37 minutes

A lush autumn journey on #765 Nickel Plate Berkshire through the Great Gorge of the New River in West Virginia. All #765!_in two crisply filmed excursions through the rich foliage, some 1000 feet below the farms of Fayette County, where much of the gorge is accessible only by rail. The intertwined history of coal and steam played out along these tracks. Part 1 takes us from Huntington to Sulfur Springs, passing through Thurmond, home of the Dunglen Hotel where, in the early 1900s, coal barons and gamblers played a poker game rumored to have lasted for 13 years. In Part 2, #765 thunders from Huntington to Hinton, WV on a foliage tour with the local Huntington chapter of the NRHS.

$ 28.75
BALTIMORE & OHIO -SR SUNDAY RIVER Color 72 minutes

Captured in gloriously clear color by a world class cinematographer Guy Bryant, this film features streamlined Pacifics, switchers, Q-4's and both B&O and C&O mallets, but it concentrates on the culmination of B&O steam locomotive design: the T3 Mountain. Bryant was up in time to catch the Capitol Limited when it came racing through the golden haze of summer dawn. It was well below zero when he captured a volcano plume of winter exhaust against a steely blue sky. This feature paces the streamlined "Cincinnatian" under steam, and shows branch lines, wrecks, and EM-1 mallets. EM-1s are then contrasted with the C&O's giant 2-6-6-6s. Real railroading, exactly as it was: More than 200 run pasts, pacing shots and double headers.

$ 38.75
BIG BOYS & BROTHERS IN THE '50S SUNDAY RIVER Color 68 minutes

This DVD features the rare and original 1950s films of Mr. William Altheimer. Professionally and expertly converted to digital video, the films have outstanding clarity and color. After the introduction, the following 24 minutes showcase 13 different Big Boys, including No. 4014 in regular freight service. Next, both early and late 4-6-6-4 Challengers are seen in action. The film continues with the 4-8-4 800s, FEF-1, FEF-2 and FEF-3 hauling both freight and passenger trains. The now famous FEF-3, #844 is shown hauling a mail train over Sherman Hill, prior to becoming "the ambassador of steam". The final 2 chapters cover the Turbines and a variety of UP First Generation Diesels. Audio is matched to the action and appropriate narration and music complement the presentation.

$ 40.75
BOSTON & MAINE STEAM: 4-4-0 TO SUPERPOWER SUNDAY RIVER Black & White 37 minutes

With some of our oldest and most historic footage from the earliest days of motion picture film, this DVD shows the development of motive power in Eastern railroading. Beginning with diminutive Atlantics and American 4-4-0s hauling open platform wooden coaches the story continues up through the superpowered Berks and Santa Fes of the WWII years, including the early streamliner, the "Flying Yankee.' Two thirds of the DVD is devoted to a survey of Boston & Maine steam power in the mid-30s: switchers, Atlantics, Moguls, 10 wheelers, Consolidations, light and heavy Pacifics, Santa Fes and Berkshires all arranged in order of size, small to large. The oldest and newest steam power appears in dozens of run pasts system-wide including solid block refrigerator freights and passenger trains pulling brass railed observation cars. The final part of this tape shows Boston & Maine branch line operations at the time both in summer and winter featuring the busiest branches.

$ 32.75
BOSTON & MAINE STEAM HEAVY HAULERS & CRACK LIMITEDS SUNDAY RIVER Black & White 32 minutes

Travel back to the mid-1930s to see action on the busiest divisions of the Boston & Maine. Steam locomotives work The Portland, New Hampshire and Fitchburg Divisions and the Connecticut Valley Line in both summer and winter. Huge hulking Berkshires battle the Ashburnham grade. High stepping passenger varnish: _The Flying Yankee', _The Alouette' and _The Red Wing' go screaming by, as do similar name trains with brass railed observation cars. The third streamlined train built in the world: _The Flying Yankee' flashes by at lightning speed. Other unusual features include the Union Pacific_s streamlined M-10001 _City of Salina' on tour and the Rexall Special with it_s streamlined New York Central Hudson and even Republican Alf Landon campaigning for President in 1936 against Franklin D. Roosevelt!

$ 28.75
BRILL BULLETS & RED ARROW LINES SUNDAY RIVER Color 52 minutes

Frank Pfuhler captured Philadelphia's Interurban transit lines in their prime in 1955. His beautifully photographed, razor sharp images have frozen for history what was, at the time, one of the best managed and most successful traction empires in the nation. West of Philadelphia, across the Schuylkill River, lay a number of residential areas closely linked to the city by the Red Arrow high speed electric lines. In many places the routes traversed what was then almost rural country-side. The Sharon Hill, the Media, and Ardmore lines are covered in detail as the big red cars depart the 69th street terminal and ramble west from the city across the fields and thru the woods. The second half of this footage depicts the high speed, third rail line between Philadelphia and Norristown - the home of the celebrated Brill Bullets. You will see the original Strafford line cars in action. You'll have complete coverage of the entire main line between 69th street and Norristown with the authentic whine and all the characteristic ambiance that only a Brill Bullet could create.

$ 28.75
BURLINGTON ZEPHYR -SR SUNDAY RIVER

This is the story of the passenger train that changed the face of America. Railroading was never again the same after Ralph Budd, sent his pioneer Zephyr hurtling down the rails, non-stop from Denver to Chicago, 1017 miles in 785 minutes. his is not only the story of that run, photographed from the ground, the air and on board, but also the story of Burlington's all all stainless fleet: Twin Zephyrs, The Denver Zephyr, The California Zephyr and another dozen Zephyrs. t shows the beginnings of internal combustion passenger trains and includes Budd's only major competitor, The Union Pacific all aluminum M-10,000. The final scenes of the California Zephyr on Soldier Summit and in The Feather River Canyon include some of the best color footage we have.

$ 28.75
CHICAGO AURORA & ELGIN - SR SUNDAY RIVER

America in the 1950s comes to life in this portrait of a well-loved interurban line which linked the bustle of Chicago with the quiet of the Illinois prairie towns. Two major lines are covered almost in their entirety, from trackside and from the cab. Trains dating back to the early 1900s burn up the Illinois countryside at speeds which rival those of modern day rapid transit. This feature is an important historic record, but also an ode to a time when life in America was a little slower and a little sweeter. Film by Frank Pfuhler.

$ 28.75
COMPLETE ELECTRIFIED MILWAUKEE "SUNDAY RIVER 39 minutes

Watch trains crossing almost every one of the great trestles on both divisions including helicopter coverage of six hidden in the dense forests of the West slope of Snoqualmie. Plus view trains crossing the immense bridges across the Clark Fork and the great Gorge of the Columbia. See steeple cab switchers, Little Joes, G.E. Boxcabs galore and a yard full of Bi-Polars (not underway).and diesel operation in the Cascade. Fabulous color footage shows trains crossing the Rockies on Pipestone Pass, the Bitterroots on St Paul Pass, the Saddle Mountains of Eastern Washington and finally, Snoqualmie Pass in the Cascades. Plus see trains in all the great canyons: The Jefferson River, the St. Joe, the Clark Fork, Yakima, Snoqualmie, the Grand Daddy of all, The Columbia! Includes the Butte, Anaconda and Pacific RR.

$ 38.75
COMPLETE SIERRA - SR SUNDAY RIVER

The Sierra portrayed in Mid-century at the Zenith of Steam operations. Locomotives 34, 36, and Articulated 48 with freights that stretch to the horizon. And, of course, 3 and 28 in different colors and road names as each served the movie industry. Dozens of Double-headers and two different Triple-headers. It covers the foundations on which the Sierra was built: Gold, Timber and Hydro-Power and continues through the period when the railroad became holy grail for makers of Hollywood Westerns and the Mecca of railroad enthusiasts world-wide. The final steam run is shown and the arrivals of the three famous S-12 diesels. it closes with the 104 year old Number 3 as she appears in 1995 to celebrates Modesto's 125th Anniversary. The Yosemite Valley Railroad, the Hetchy-Hetchy, and the Yosemite Short Line are presented in archival black and white stills and elaborate 4 color maps. Their relationship to the Sierra and other rivalries are highlighted. Photographed by John F Kirkland, Glenn Beier, Jim Vail,and Mac Owen

$ 38.75
COMPLETE SILVERTON SUNDAY RIVER 28 Minutes Color

Photographed as never before: from the cab, the pilot, track speeders racing in front of the engine. The entire high line where the rails cling to the canyon walls far above the chasm is shot from helicopters. Roundhouse, turntable, this DVD has it all! In part 1, a single engine travels from Durango to Cascade Tank. Part II features a doubleheader with freight cars. The film covers almost the entire line with 49 run pasts, aerials and chase sequences.

$ 28.75
DAYLIGHT ON TEHACHAPI SUNDAY RIVER 43 minutes

In this amazing outing a genuine Daylight locomotive with an authentic 15 car train in real Daylight colors, including baggage, diner and round end observation rolls from Portland, Oregon to Los Angeles. The climb over Tehachapi Pass is filmed with plenty of dramatic helicopter coverage. We see it all: Caliente Horseshoe, the Great Loop, over Soledad Summit without diesels and down Mint Canyon_exactly as it was when the San Joaquin or _Valley' Daylight made this same run every day. Earlier in the show the engine bursts out of a snow storm on Cascade Summit, and snakes down beside the Sacramento River with Mt. Shasta as backdrop. The train crosses the great Carquinez Bridge and races along the San Francisco Bay at the same time of day as it used to when the real 'Coast Daylight_ made the same trip daily more than 55 years ago. An historian_s delight and a Southern Pacific railfan_s dream come true!

$ 32.75
D&RGW FREIGHTS NARROW GAUGE IN THE 1950'S & 60S SUNDAY RIVER 63 minutes

Experience the D&RGW as a real working railroad when narrow gauge steam brought critical supplies and industry into the Rocky mountains in Colorado and northern New Mexico. Long strings of coal and lumber roll Eastbound. Farm machinery and new Chevies are delivered atop flat cars. Unit trains of tank cars groan over the 4% grade up Cumbres Pass on their way to the refineries. An oil and gas boom in the Farmington region in the 1950s kept narrow gauge traffic alive hauling oil field pipe to the area. Included is a beautifully filmed vignette of the rarely captured Farmington line. Oil pipe was the commodity that kept the narrow gauge a healthy respectable money earner when many in management wished it would dry up and blow away. No tourist line here, but a real railroad hard at work, photographed by the best in the business: Keith Pregler, Herb Craig, Mac Owen and Glenn Beier.

$ 32.75
FEATHER RIVER & THE HILLCREST SUNDAY RIVER

Flooding behind the Oroville Dam eventually drowned the Feather River Railway and its magnificent canyon scenery, but not before Glenn Beier had the chance to commit almost the entire line to film. This includes the 90-ton monster Shays barreling across an S-curved trestle above the awesome gorge of the South Fork to tackle the famous 5.3% grade. The refurbishing and delivery of surplus Shay #1 to Oroville for exhibition follows in this in-depth film of California_s last steam-operated common carrier. More than 25% of all logging locomotives in British Columbia, including rod engines, were Climaxes. Here you_ll see the company that specialized in Climaxes, The Hillcrest, and their #10. The engine works the mill yards at Honeymoon Bay and Lake Mesachie and takes off on the main line to Lake Cowichan, winding between the dramatically lit lakes and mountains of Vancouver Island. With its cylinders canted at a rakish 45 degree angle, a Climax in action resembled nothing so much as a fireworks pin wheel, but the men who worked them in the woods swore they were the world_s best geared locomotives. Finally, Comox is a brief look at the rod engines of the Comox Railway working at Headquarters and Ladysmith.

$ 38.75
GEARS IN THE WOODS -SR SUNDAY RIVER 64 minutes

Every kind of steam locomotive ever conceived to haul logs: Shays, Heislers , Climaxes, Articulated rod and Rigid frame Engines. You'll see the Feather River Shays high on S-curved trestles, getting a run at a 5 1/2% grade with 25 degree curves, and the fireworks pin-wheel of Climaxes tackling 6% grades on the Hillcrest. Heislers dance around the log dump like daddy long legs spiders. Climb in to the cab as Rayonier Mallet #8 heads for tall timber and returns with logs of Bunyan size. Two versions of the McLeod operation: first, a double-headed fan trip with an SP daylight consist and - in the 10 foot drifts of February - a sparkling vignette in brilliant sunshine with Mt Shasta towering behind.

$ 38.75
HUDSONS ALONG THE HUDSON SUNDAY RIVER

This feature celebrates one of the best-known steam locomotives in history: the high-speed, high-stepping thoroughbred passenger engine, the New York Central Hudson. The first 4-6-4 engine ever developed, they delivered the speed which powered the crack streamliners over the water level routes from New York to Chicago. These beauties are seen racing along the shore of the Hudson River, and elsewhere around the system. The great luxury trains of the Central are all here: The Twentieth Century Limited, The Commodore Vanderbilt, The Pacemaker, The Empire State Express, and a dozen others.

$ 28.75
INTERURBANS OF EASTERN CANADA SUNDAY RIVER 35 Minutes

FREIGHT SERVICE - Lake Erie & Northern Railway, Grand River Railway, Oshawa Railway, and Cornwall Street Railway. FREIGHT AND PASSENGER - London & Port Stanley Railway, The Niagara, St. Catherines & Toronto. America's last real Inter-Urban makes up the final half of this tape, divided equally between passenger and freight service. The film features the very last passenger run in March 1959.

$ 28.75
INTREPID TROLLEYS OF THE 1950S SUNDAY RIVER 38 Minutes

In cities and across suburban America, people once relied on trolley systems for transportation. Although light rail is the buzzword in urban transportation today, this film shows its origins are rooted in the intrepid trolley travel of the 1950s! Trolley service in Washington DC ran for 100 years, 1862 to 1962. A conduit buried beneath the streets powered the cars in lieu of overhead wires that would have marred historic sights, including the Capitol Building and White House shown in this film. The Silver Sightseer offered the comforts of air-conditioning and armchairs as a stewardess narrated highlights in the nation's capital. Heading out of town, trolleys stopped at Plow Pits to transfer to overhead power. The 5' 4-1/2 gauge of the Baltimore trolley system was the widest in America. The brightly painted PCC cars on the high speed Sparrows Point Line cross the picturesque Bear Creek Trestle to the steel mills. In Atlantic City, The Miss America Fleet runs down Atlantic Avenue along the boardwalk. Ride inside the cars, dodging people and traffic! In Boston, the orange and cream PCCs of the fabled MTA ran on many of the routes still in service today, starting from Park St. Station, the oldest subway stop in the nation.

$ 28.75
JOHN ALLEN'S GORRE & DAPHETID SUNDAY RIVER

Gorre and Daphetid (Gory and Defeated) is the most famous model railroad built in this century. Two weeks after the death of it designer and builder, John Allen, it was destroyed by fire. All recordings were believed to have been destroyed. Thanks to recent discovery of the films, this tape, remastered, offers you the ultimate of model railroading: a vast network of standard, narrow gauge and mixed gauge- even a trolley line. More than 100 bridges, no two alike, some soaring 5 feet above the floor, others crawling the labyrinthine canyons of the Akinback Mountain range, complete with working cable cars and water wheels. Includes the saga of the notorious Sore Feats Gang and their terrible but richly-deserved final demise. We've used John's own slides to magnify his exquisite detail, from snow capped peaks to ocean car ferry, and bring to life to the thousands of miniature people and working railroad artifacts that surprised and delighted so many- even non- modelers.

$ 35.00
LAST TRAIN TO ALAMOSA SUNDAY RIVER

This tape puts the narrow gauge in South-West Colorado back together again just as it really used to be: passenger operations on the 170 miles between Alamosa and Durango plus the Farmington line are shown with trains that cover almost every mile of the way: climbing out of Wilson Gulch eastbound, snaking along the bottom of Canyon Amargo photographed from the canyon rim, Arboles before is disappeared beneath the flood behind Navajo Canyon dam, the Continental Divide - WEST of Cumbres. Double heading up the 4% to Cumbres Summit and racing down the dual gauge across the table flat San Luis Valley. A short piece is devoted to a mountain rescue on the Silverton and closes with scenes of a mixed train in the snow, the last train that ever ran from Alamosa and Durango. Photographed by Herb Craig and Mac Owen

$ 28.75
LIGHTNING STRIPERS SUNDAY RIVER 45 MINUTES

The Lighting Stripers_they are all here. All the first diesels: DES-2, FT, F3, E-8, the largest fleet of Alco PSs and FAs in the world, even Baldwin Sharks and an FM C-liner, all of them covered wagons. You'll see A-B-B-A lash ups on ore trains, solid refrigerator and Pacemaker freight. Passenger Operations feature the Putnam branch, 125th St station, Mott Haven Yard. More then half the tape is devoted to the world renowned New York Central fleet of long haul streamliners: The New England States, The Empire State Express, The Pacemaker, The Commodore Vanderbilt, plus dozens more and featuring, of course, the train of legend, the Twentieth Century Limited. All of them are shown rocketing down the four track, 90 MPH raceway of the famed "water level" route. Includes the Aerotrain and the jet propelled RDC doing 184 MPH. Transferred from original 16 mm footage shot by the railroad itself, most never used.

$ 38.75
MALLETS & TEXANS BY THE SEA - BRAZIL SUNDAY RIVER 41 MINUTES

Isolated in a remote corner of South Eastern Brazil is the Teresa Cristina, a railfan's dream come true. Enter a time capsule and get whisked back 75 years to see the world of railroading as it was when diesels were unknown and steam was king. Rare footage shows huge Texas-type 2-10-4s and 2-6-6-2 Mallets built in the U.S. in the 1940s by Baldwin and Alco. The magnificent 2-6-6-2's haul coal from the Lauro Muller mine down a graded valley to Tubarao and the docks at oceanside. See the 2-10-4s, probably the largest and most powerful meter gauge locomotives ever built, racing along the coastline. You'll see lots of steam action with all but two of these mainline engines made in America.

$ 28.75
NARROW GAUGE EAST OF THE SIERRAS - SR SUNDAY RIVER

This visually stunning feature chronicles the fabled narrow gauge steam trains of the Southern Pacific which once crossed the desert reaches of California's Owens Valley. Against a backdrop of soaring snow-capped peaks, the trains make their way to and from lonely mining operations at the foot of the mountains in the sparkling clear days of late Autumn. The entire line as it still survived in 1960 is covered, including stations, bridges, water tanks, and turntables. Narrow gauge gondolas run up a specially-built trestle to dump into standard-gauge cars below. Enormous bars of silver, too heavy to steal, are piled at trackside to wait the train's arrival. The road's quaint and unique caboose/ combine brings up the rear of the train as a Native American from the local reservation, according to official company policy, hitches a ride on a boxcar roof. All this, as the highest peaks in the lower 48 stand watch under the crystal-blue dome of the desert sky. A jewel of a show!

$ 28.75
NEW ENGLAND SHORT LINES SUNDAY RIVER Black & White 38 minutes

The vibrancy of these short lines give us a picture of life in New England in the mid-1930s, after the Great Depression. These scrappy lines, some only 7 or 8 miles long, were often built to serve a specific commodity such as milk, ice, limestone, iron ore or granite, and their survival was dependent on both Yankee ingenuity and the market for these items. In the 1930s these railroads operated independently, beyond the control of the major rail systems, and did business much as they had done when they were first built in the mid-1800s. In order on the DVD: The Belfast and Moosehead Lake, The Knox, The Lake Champlain & Moriah, The Claremont, The Montpelier & Wells River, The Barre, The Saint Johnsbury & Lake Champlain and The Suncook Valley.

$ 32.75
NEW ENGLAND STEAM: SIX MAIN LINES SUNDAY RIVER Black & White 47 minutes

Back in the 1930s when steam was the way to travel, an intertwined system of lines carried freight and passengers through the hills and hinterlands of New England. Six main lines of New England steam are shown here in rare archival film, from the largest locomotives'Central Vermont 2-10-4 Texans'to the sleek, streamlined I-5 New Haven Hudsons. (1) The Canadian Pacific and Quebec Central cross the U.S. Canadian border at least twice to traverse the state of Maine and deliver goods from Montreal to the Maritimes. (2) The Bangor and Aroostook Railway takes a winter trip through Millinocket, a town created by the Great Northern Paper Company. (3) The Rutland snakes through Bennington and Bellows Falls, Vermont. Ever-practical New Englanders hitched the humble milk car to the back of the Green Mountain Flyer, the crack passenger train from New York to Montreal. (4) The Central Vermont Railway, shepherded by three generations of the Smith family, is covered in depth, including consolidations on the way freights Palmer to Brattleboro, mammoth Texas type 2-10-4s wheeling the Chicago-East Coast manifest freights, and the high-drivered 600 Mountain Class on the premier name trains between Montreal, New York and Boston. (5) The Grand Trunk Railway, appears, using monster 6100 class Northerns on the through passengers and smaller power on the way freights.(6) The New Haven is shown with some of the very last three-cylindered 3500 class, as well as magnificent streamlined I-5 Hudsons.

$ 32.75
NEW YORK ELEVATED SUNDAY RIVER 54 Minutes

Two great rail photographers combine their talents and exhaustive research to bring the elevated trains of days gone by to your living room. With every run past identified by map, the film captures as many as possible of the antique cars in operation before the reequipping of rolling stock in the 1950s. The film features gate cars -many built in 1904 and 1905 -and glimpses of what was then considered modern: the R12, R14, R15 and the Worlds Fair Blue Bird specials of 1964-65. Detailed coverage includes such oddities as the Polo Grounds Shuttle, the Dyre Ave line from rags to riches, and conversion of the Myrtle Ave from elevated to subway, as well as crossing gates still at work. In addition to many routine snow scenes, full blown blizzards on the Flushing, Myrtle Ave and Brighton Beach lines are shown.

$ 38.75
NEW YORK'S LAST TROLLEY SUNDAY RIVER 1 hour color

Captures as many as possible of the antique cars in operation before the reequipping of rolling stock in the 1950s. Gate cars, many of them built in 1904 and 1905, plus glimpses of what was then considered modern: the R12, R14, R15 and the Worlds Fair Blue Bird specials of 1964-65. Detailed coverage of such oddities as the Polo Grounds Shuttle, The Dyre Ave line from rags to riches, and conversion of the Myrtle Ave from elevated to subway. Crossing gates still at work. Plenty of routine snow scenes plus full blown blizzards on the Flushing, Myrtle Ave and Brighton Beach lines. THE BRONX Pelham Bay Jerome Ave Polo Grounds Shuttle Third Ave White Plains Dyre Ave Putnam Div-NY Central BROOKLYN & STATEN ISLAND Staten Island Rapid Transit NEWARK Hudson & Manhattan Tubes Newark City Subway QUEENS Myrtle Ave Brighton Beach Fulton St Flushing Canarsie BMT-Bway.

$ 38.75
NIAGARAS AND MOHAWKS SUNDAY RIVER

This one will give you goose bumps! A feast of steam hard at work across the length of the New York Central System includes streamliners like The Commodore Vanderbilt and the Chicagoan that scream across the Ohio heartland at speeds over 90 miles per hour. One of the wonders of the steam locomotive world, The New York Central 4-8-4 Niagara_a locomotive so good it was an embarrassment to a railroad management that chose to embrace diesel power_is featured along with the Mohawk, the workhorse of steam that ruled the New York Central Mainline for almost 20 years before the advent of the Hudson. An early morning parade of steam_commuters, mail and crack luxury trains_head down the shore of the Hudson River to New York City, transporting you trackside to an era few can remember! The DVD also dwells on the famous division point at Elkhart, Indiana where roller bearing Niagaras drifted though the yard with 5000 tons and exhaled barely a sigh, only to awake like bull elephants when they felt the mainline beneath their feet. The finale features _Gotham Steam_ on the Erie and the Jersey Central in the 1940s and early 50s.

$ 28.75
NICKEL PLATE ODYSSEY SUNDAY RIVER 28 minutes

Follow several of Nickel Plate Berkshire 759_s most arresting journeys. First, ride the Golden Spike Centennial in 1969 between Kansas City and Moberly, with marvelous pacing shots. Then, see the 1971 break in and testing of the 759 with Western Maryland freights. Finally, experience 759 steaming from Boston to Montpelier, Vermont on a brilliant New England autumn day. A real gem.

$ 28.75
NORFOLK & WESTERN BIG STEAM SUNDAY RIVER 63 minutes

It is hard to believe that such a film could exist: capturing the largest fleet of articulateds ever built operating on their original tracks, the Norfolk and Western main line between Bluefield, WV and Portsmouth, Ohio. Catch these powerful locomotives at their best! Agile A Class 2-6-6-4s pull high-speed manifest and roll long strings of heavyweight cars at 70 MPH. Huge Y class 2-8-8-2 sluggers shake the Appalachians to their very roots on the heavy grades and the tortuous curves of the Tug Fork. From start to finish every single frame is stunning action from the bygone age of real railroading!

$ 32.75
NORTH COAST LIMITED BOZEMAN PASS TO THE MISSISSIPPI SUNDAY RIVER 49 MINUTES

Two round trips in summer between Bozeman and Livingston: on the ground and on board. Climbing the west slope in winter. Big steam (4-6-6-4's and 2-8-8-4's) on the East slope. These huge monsters and the A-6 4-8-4 Northerns crawl between round house, coal tipple and water plug. Then hammer at the1.8% grade to Bozeman Summit. Has a side trip to Yellowstone Park and around the Gardiner Loop in steam. Follows the Yellowstone River for 340 miles through the heart of Montana cattle country and then into the Badlands. Eastbound the North Coast Limited covered the next 660 miles to St Paul in darkness for most of the year. Scenes of the Mainstreeter are used to illustrate parts of this segment. From St Paul the North Coast sped 330 miles beneath the palisades that hold the Mississippi between it banks. We see the train on a bright spring day with immense dams and colorful barges churning between. Scenes of the train in steam in the 1930's are sprinkled throughout, including Chicago, Minneapolis, wheat farming, cow punching, the Dakota Badlands etc.

$ 38.75
NORTH COAST LIMITED STAMPEDE PASS SUNDAY RIVER 47 MINUTES

Of all the U.S. Transcontinental railroads, when it came to the grandeur of the west, only the Rio Grande could challenge the Northern Pacific. Where it squirmed the ox-bow loops at the bottom of Yakima Canyon, the cool lime-green North Coast Limited was a startling contrast against the chocolate browns of the lava flows. In this tape you begin at tidewater in Seattle and wrestle up through majestic forest to Stampede Tunnel and then down the desert canyon to Pasco. Detailed diagrams, maps and black and white photos illustrate the standard gauge 5.5% switchback line that preceded the tunnel across the very tops of Cascade Mountains. The route of the "Portland Connection" is covered briefly. Except for the short B&W newsreel footage from the twenties, the whole shot on astonishingly clear commercial Ektachrome, not a single foot ever projected.

$ 38.75
NORTH COAST LIMITED THE ROCKIES SUNDAY RIVER 40 MINUTES

Have you ever wished you could go back, just once and ride that sleek streamliner you always dreamed about' The one that sailed across the endless sea of wheat, followed great rivers through empty range lands the exclusive property of cowboys and finally came smack against the widest wall of Rocky Mountains faced by any Western Railroad' We locked that final segment away in a genie's magic bottle almost a generation ago on stunning Ektachrome Commercial with colors so bright and real they take your breath away. You can sit in the Vista Dome all day with your nose pressed to the glass or listen trackside as the lonely cry of the Nathan Three Chime blows far away for tracks and trains and crossings that are gone forever - except from history books. For 400 Miles from Bozeman to Pasco you'll be engulfed by Montana's highest mountains: a westbound trip in Summer and Eastbound in February. Both East and Westbound over the Butte Short line in summer. You'll climb every 2.2% grade at least twice: Butte Hill, Evaro, and Mullan Pass. You'll follow the Northern Pacific from the headwaters of the Missouri to the Columbia and catch up with Lewis and Clark along the way. Vignette in steam along the edge of the famed Cabinet Gorge now drowned behind the dam. Excerpts from the NPRHS tape "Jim Fredrickson Remembers" of steam on Evaro Hill and the Timken Roller Bearings 4-8-4 "Four Aces" - the first locomotive of its kind. The Mainstreeter, an almost identical train, without domes, is used to cover the Helena Line, and where ever the North Coast Limited was obscured by darkness.

$ 28.75
OTTO PERRY'S RIO GRANDE SOUTHERN SUNDAY RIVER 84 Minutes

For more than ten years, Otto Perry tracked the RGS with his camera across three of America's highest railroad passes, Cima Summit, Dallas Divide and Lizard Head Pass. See double and triple heading on 4% grades to the fabled cities of gold and silver, Ophir, Telluride and Rico. Ride the fabled Galloping Goose, the ingenious car-train combo that kept passenger service alive on the Southern for years. Follow the cattle rush through the golden aspens of autumn and see the ore and lumber specials move through the mountain meadows of spring. This film is narrated by the men and women who worked for, rode on, and whose families were a part of, the Rio Grand Southern. Against the backdrop of the mountain peaks, we see how these ordinary men and women, with their courage and the sweat of their backs, battled gigantic snow drifts, washouts, aging equipment, and financial hardship to keep this railroad alive against the odds. Color, with a little black and white.

$ 47.75
OVER LIZARD HEAD PASS SUNDAY RIVER 40 Minutes

In 1932 the Rio Grande Southern stopped running passenger trains. After that date the Rocky Mountain RR Club ran three steam excursions and Charlie Ryland, the club president, filmed two of them. His friend Ed Hailey, who organized the trips, edited his footage into this film. On Memorial Day 1947, the first trip departed from Ridgway to Dolores over Lizard Head Pass and returned the following day. The second trip in 1949 ran from Ridgway to Telluride where it tied up for the night. The following day it continued on to Lizard Head, reversed direction, and returned to Ridgway. Photographed on board and from trackside, capturing all the mountain mining towns: Ridgway, Placerville, Vance Junction, Telluride, Ophir, Lizard Head and Dolores. A wonderful memory of mountain railroading with ancient passenger cars. Closes with footage of the fabled galloping goose rail-bus cars.

$ 28.75
PHILADELPHIA TROLLEYS SUNDAY RIVER 48 MINUTES

When These pictures were made around 1955, it is probably that the city of Philadelphia had more trolleys running to more destinations and with greater frequency than any other city in the United States. From such a wide array of choices, this picture covers eight of the most interesting and scenic lines. Route26: Wissahickon Creek in Germantown across the top of Philadelphia and out the semi-rural line to Fox Chase. Route 52: North from Schulykill River in old double enders on Chelten road. Route 6: From Olney Terminal at the subway's northern end into the countryside on private right of way to Willow Grove. Route 20: From Olney Terminal south the entire length of the city of Philadelphia all the way to the Navel Base and the Delaware River. Routes 17 & 32: Across the center of Philadelphia, Ease to West on Market Street, from the river , around City Hall, then south on 16th and 18th avenues thru South Philadelphia. Routes 33 & 9: Across the center of Philadelphia East t West, then 33 turns North by the Art Museum to the city limits and 9 goes south thru South Philadelphia. Route 42: All the way across the center of Philadelphia from the Delaware River, over the Schulykill Bridge to 60th street and Cobbs Creek, passing en route the PRR 32nd Street station, Franklin Field and the convention center. Route 37: A detailed study of the Market Street crossing of the Schulykill where the subway and five different trolley routes funnel together and dive underground en route to City Hall.

$ 38.75
POWHATAN ARROW AND J CLASS STEAM SUNDAY RIVER 35 MINUTES

Norfolk & Western made the bullet-nose J Class engine as the era of steam was coming to a close. See these amazing precision engines in regular passenger service in the 1950s cruising at 60 MPH over some of the toughest grades in the East. The elegant streamlined 'Powhatan Arrow' raced 680 mountain miles in 16 hours behind J Class 4-8-4 thoroughbreds: Norfolk to Cincinnati in a single day. Filmed from on board and at trackside, the DVD captures the real 611 working the Columbus Section of the Arrow on the Scioto Division plus many more streamlined Js on the Pocahontas, the Cavalier and the Pelican. Js meet and pass other Js and overtake Norfolk & Western_s stable of steam, the A and Y class articulateds: true railroad history! The story of the J Class continues as N&W_s 611 is reborn into excursion and ambassador service in 1982. See the inaugural runs of the reconstructed 611 with a perfectly matched maroon consist almost identical to the 'Powhatan Arrow' of history. Aerials show the famed Wells Viaduct and other great trestles. Ride with the mighty Js!

$ 28.75
RIO GRANDE ZEPHYR: MAIN LINE THRU THE ROCKIES SUNDAY RIVER 33 MINUTES

In the early 1970s, passenger trains across the US struggled to survive under the fledgling Amtrak system. The most notable exception was the Rio Grande Zephyr which operated independently from 1970 to 1983 providing its own unique brand of intercity travel on the scenic middle section of the former California Zephyr route. This film captures its journey in three parts: first, the Westbound ascent from Denver up the Rocky Mountains to the Moffat Tunnel; next, continuing West through impressive canyons along the Colorado River. Finally we see the run from Salt Lake City on the return trip eastbound over the Wasatch Range and through the Utah dessert. See the views from the Vista Domes on The Rio Grande Zephyr as it kept alive the style and elegant tradition of streamlined passenger service!

$ 32.75
SIX HIRED GUNS PART 1 - SOUTHERN STEAM EXCURSIONS SUNDAY RIVER 38 minutes

This DVD features the renaissance of steam in the South, with two living legends_engines 4501 and 610_returning to carry their flags before the public. Gleaming in green and gold #4501, the little Mike that started it all, charges through the New River Gorge and across the mountains. The Southern_s Jim Bistline narrates the film, recounting the early struggles as the steam program grew. Then the monster 2-10-4 #610 breaks in with heavy freight on the old Fort Worth & Denver _Roller Coaster_ main from Fort Worth to Wichita Falls; next, on the Freedom Train; and finally, double-heading across the Blue Ridge together with #4501.

$ 28.75
SIX HIRED GUNS PART 2 - SOUTHERN STEAM EXCURSIONS SUNDAY RIVER 39 minutes

The story of the renaissance of Southern steam continues with double-headed trips behind Southern Railway #722 and #750 through the gorge of the beautiful French Broad River. The ex-Canadian Pacific Royal Hudson #2839 appears on a four day swing over the highest summits of the Appalachians via the old Clinchfield Railroad. Finally, C&O 2-8-4 #2716 tackles the famous Braswell Grade in Georgia. Dramatic air photography captures the sweep of the finest scenery in the South, while close-ups from the ground capture the grit and power of mainline steam brought to life. As the Norfolk Southern relights the firebox of Southern steam today, this show tips a hat to those who kept the flame burning for twenty-five years.

$ 28.75

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