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Everything You Ever Wanted To See About Trains But Were Afraid Didn't Exist! 8 Hours Packed Into 27 Films Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS In An Archival Quality 2 Disc All Regions Format DVD Set, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! #RailTransport #RailTransportHistory #HistoryOfRailTransport #Trains #RailwayLines #Railways #Railroads #RailroadHistory #HistoryOfRailroads #AmericanHistory #HistoryOfTheUS #WesternCulture #WesternCivilization #WesternTradition #StoryOfCivilization #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBFlashDrive
A GREAT RAILROAD AT WORK (1942, 39:15)
Argued by some as the most classic of railroad films, this wartime picture shows us basically all there is to know about the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad company. The great newsreel announcer Lowell Thomas narrates.
AT THIS MOMENT (1954, 26:16)
Beautiful color film illustrates this story of the importance of railroads in 1950s America.
BEEF RINGS THE BELL (1960, 27:27)
The importance of beef to America is the result of Union Pacific's Railroad, and the railroad made this beautiful color picture to make sure the whole country knew it.
BIG TRAINS ROLLING (1955, 23:54)
More beautiful color film, this sponsored by the Association of American Railroads, illustrating how they keep the American economy on course, serviced and employed.
CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR HIGHLIGHTS (1913, 6:21)
Includes classic footage of two locomotives in an intentional head-on collision!
COMPLETION OF THE NORTHWESTERN PACIFIC RAIL ROAD (1914, 29:59)
More classic footage of the 10/23/14 Golden Spike Celebrations.
DAYS OF OUR YEARS (1955, 19:33)
A Union Pacific Railroad color picture about how accidents can happen to and because of its employees, and means that they and the railroad can take to prevent such accidents in the future.
DESERT EMPIRE (1948, 29:30)
The Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad gives us this loving tour through the Utah territory its trains roamed through.
DIESEL STORY (1952, 7:06)
Shell Oil promotes itself through the courtesy of this film, which illustrates the history, theory and practice of the diesel engine, with a presentation style that makes an otherwise dry subject both an entertaining and informative one.
MAINLINE U.S.A. (1957, 18:38)
The Association of American Railroads wanted us to know what the importance of railroads were to the nation, so they made this great color film of trains of all sorts in action.
MOUNT TAMALPAIS GRAVITY RAILROAD (1917, 1:58)
How Marin County, California railroaded tourists to the top of their highest peak.
NEW HORIZONS (1948, 17:31)
"The story of a new South whose roots are embedded deep in the honored tradition of the old" is the Seaboard Air Line Railroads explanation of how its business embraces whites and blacks, city and rural, both as a service to and in the employment of the same in its business operations.
REDWOOD EMPIRE SPECIAL AND LUMBER MILLS (1914, 14:31)
Film of the Golden Spike Celebration of October 23rd, 1914 which completed of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad.
SAFE ROADS (1935, 7:37)
Chevrolet made this unusual film, well known for its classic moving images of steam trains, which successfully seeks to compare driving an automobile and engineering a train.
THE BIG TRAIN (1950s, 26:06)
The operations, in color, of the New York Central Railroad.
THE MARCH OF PROGRESS (1945, 20:30)
A wonderful journey on San Francisco's fabled trolley cars though the East Bay & the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. While the bright promise of a tomorrow filled with futuristic trolley cars was not fulfilled in the short term, more and more cities are adopting its modern equivalent, the light railway system.
THE PASSENGER TRAIN (1955, 10:09)
A young boy gets the thrill of his life when he travels by passenger train from Chicago, Illinois to Lamy, New Mexico.
THE TRUE ADVENTURES OF OFFICER HAROLD SEWELL (1938, 1:19)
The operations, in color, of the New York Central Railroad.
THIS IS MY RAILROAD (1940s, 28:35)
The Southern Pacific Railroad provided this beautiful color footage of its native territory and its extensive operations and activities within it.
TROOP TRAIN 1943, (13:15)
All aspects of what a troop train is, does and is provided for to keep the nation's soldiers moving during wartime.
WARNER-PATHE NEWSREEL OF THE SCREEN - THE END OF THE "EL" TRAIN (1955, 2:40)
Concerns the end of East Side New York City's old elevated "L" train line. that ran North and South along 3rd Avenue.
WHEELS OF PROGRESS (1950, 19:02)
The famed Rock Island Line contributed this color beauty to pop culture with lots of shots of its super-fast "Rocket" freight tains, its freight yards, the areas the railroads serve and more.
3rd AVE. EL (1950s, 10:34)
Stunningly gorgeous and historically precious color film of the L Train aka "'El' Train" that bestrode New York City's east side skyline for 70 some years during the 19th and 20th century.
STEAM DRIVEN VEHICLES (1932, Silent, 16:26)
The Besler Corporation was proud of its steam driven trains, and they were wont to show that pride off in this film - but not only that, they also wanted you to know all about their steam driven automobiles and aircraft, too!
THREE TO GET READY: A PROGRESS REPORT FROM BART (1967, 13:41)
Color film documenting the progress and process of the construction of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system.
UNITED RAILROADS EMPLOYEES STRIKE (1917, Silent, 1:12)
San Francisco United Railroads workers strike in a march to an auditorium rally.
Rail transport, also known as train transport, railroads or railways, is a means of transferring passengers and goods on wheeled vehicles running on rails, which are located on tracks. In contrast to road transport, where the vehicles run on a prepared flat surface, rail vehicles (rolling stock) are directionally guided by the tracks on which they run. Tracks usually consist of steel rails, installed on sleepers (ties) set in ballast, on which the rolling stock, usually fitted with metal wheels, moves. Other variations are also possible, such as "slab track", in which the rails are fastened to a concrete foundation resting on a prepared subsurface. Rolling stock in a rail transport system generally encounters lower frictional resistance than rubber-tired road vehicles, so passenger and freight cars (carriages and wagons) can be coupled into longer trains. The operation is carried out by a railway company, providing transport between train stations or freight customer facilities. Power is provided by locomotives which either draw electric power from a railway electrification system or produce their own power, usually by diesel engines or, historically, steam engines. Most tracks are accompanied by a signalling system. Railways are a safe land transport system when compared to other forms of transport. Railway transport is capable of high levels of passenger and cargo utilisation and energy efficiency, but is often less flexible and more capital-intensive than road transport, when lower traffic levels are considered. The oldest known, man/animal-hauled railways date back to the 6th century BC in Corinth, Greece. Rail transport then commenced in mid 16th century in Germany in the form of horse-powered funiculars and wagonways. Modern rail transport commenced with the British development of the steam locomotive in Merhyr Tydfil when Richard Trevithick ran a steam locomotive and loaded wagons between Penydarren Ironworks and Abercynon in 1802. Thus the railway system in Great Britain is the oldest in the world. Built by George Stephenson and his son Robert's company Robert Stephenson and Company, the Locomotion No. 1 is the first steam locomotive to carry passengers on a public rail line, the Stockton and Darlington Railway in 1825. George Stephenson also built the first public inter-city railway line in the world to use only the steam locomotives, the Liverpool and Manchester Railway which opened in 1830. With steam engines, one could construct mainline railways, which were a key component of the Industrial Revolution. Also, railways reduced the costs of shipping, and allowed for fewer lost goods, compared with water transport, which faced occasional sinking of ships. The change from canals to railways allowed for "national markets" in which prices varied very little from city to city. The spread of the railway network and the use of railway timetables, led to the standardisation of time (railway time) in Britain based on Greenwich Mean Time. Prior to this, major towns and cities varied their local time relative to GMT. The invention and development of the railway in the United Kingdom was one of the most important technological inventions of the 19th century. The world's first underground railway, the Metropolitan Railway (part of the London Underground), opened in 1863. In the 1880s, electrified trains were introduced, leading to electrification of tramways and rapid transit systems. Starting during the 1940s, the non-electrified railways in most countries had their steam locomotives replaced by diesel-electric locomotives, with the process being almost complete by the 2000s. During the 1960s, electrified high-speed railway systems were introduced in Japan and later in some other countries. Many countries are in the process of replacing diesel locomotives with electric locomotives, mainly due to environmental concerns, a notable example being Switzerland, which has completely electrified its network. Other forms of guided ground transport outside the traditional railway definitions, such as monorail or maglev, have been tried but have seen limited use. Following a decline after World War II due to competition from cars and aeroplanes, rail transport has had a revival in recent decades due to road congestion and rising fuel prices, as well as governments investing in rail as a means of reducing CO2 emissions in the context of concerns about global warming.