Learn why Dayton’s RTA has reversed its decision on phasing out the trolley system, and what the future holds for this unique form of transportation. This video contains vintage footage of the RTA’s Christmas Trolley #559 which now resides in San Francisco, California.
Also included are vintage shots of #501 and #900. Narration for this program is provided by Harvey Hylton, who is the traction editor of the Dayton Railway Historical Society Ties and Tracks Newsletter. Harvey was also a member of the “Save Our Trolley’s Coalition”. Modern day footage shot in 1990 and 1992 is also included in this program.
55 minutes in length-full color-narration-sound and some music.
Join us for a tour of the electric railways in and around Chicago and Milwaukee and points in between. View footage captured on 16mm film by the noted photographer David J. Williams III. David captured all the action in the 50’s and 60’s on both color and black & white film.
In addition, 1920’s archival promo films of the Chicago, North Shore, and Milwaukee are included. Locations besides Chicago and Milwaukee include: Skokie, the Mundelein Branch, North Chicago Jct., Howard and Union, Illinois, home of the Illinois RR Museum.
A fan trip on the Milwaukee City Lines cars is also featured. Equipment viewed are: all kinds of North Shore equipment including Electroliners and Steeple Cabs; EL Cars and P&W third rail cars including Electroliners, Bullets, and Strafford cars. You’ll view this exciting footage from trackside, on car, as well as pacing sequences.
One hour, color and B&W, music, and no narration.
Join us for a second tour of the electric railways in and around Chicago. View footage captured on 16mm film by the noted photographer David J. Williams III. David captured all the action between the 50’s & 80’s on both color and black & white film.
The majority of this program covers the Chicago, South Shore and South Bend. In addition view action captured on the Chicago, Aurora, and Elgin, the CTA, the EL, the Illinois Central, and Metra Commuter operations.Equipment viewed are: PCC, passenger cars, steeple cabs, freight motors, and Little Joes. You’ll view this exciting footage from trackside, on car, as well as pacing scenes.
One hour, color and B&W, music, and no narration.
Between 1955 & 1970 the late David J. Williams III, traveled with his 16mm movie camera to the Rockies to capture electric operations on the Milwaukee Road.
Locations include: Avery, St. Regis, Missoula, Haugan Station, Pipestone Tunnel, Alberton, and Deer Lodge. Watch Little Joes, Steeple Cabs, Box Cabs and diesels in various consists. Bonus footage includes a General Electric promo film called, “ King of the Rails”.
58 minutes B&W and Color, music background, location graphics and no narration.
This program features action in the 1970’s from Randolph Street Station to South Bend with box cabs, Little Joe’s, freight and passenger coverage, plus CTA, IC Electrics and Skokie Swift. Original film by Fred Bruhn.
Color, background music, one hour long.
From the camera of Dan Morris comes all color and sound action on the South Shore Railroad of the 1970’s. The car logo proclaimed ‘The Little Train That Could’.
Join us for a look at the CSS&SB in 1975-1978 as filmed in color with original sound. You’ll see passenger operations from Chicago, Illinois to South Bend, Indiana and experience freight action with ‘Little Joe’s’ and ex-Chessie Geep 7’s.
These films were taken during one of the South Shore’s darkest hours. A period when parent railroad, Chessie, was petitioning the ICC to abandon passenger service. But the South Shore survives today with an all new passenger fleet.
This DVD covers operations from Randolf Street to South Bend. You’ll see fall colors, as well as summer and winter scenes! The South Shore line truly is ‘The Little Train That Did’
67 Minutes–Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
By the late 1970s, the Chicago, South Shore and South Bend Railroad was living out the last years as a step-child of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway. The C&O had purchased the South Shore in 1965 as a bridge route for its freight business. A decade later, the drain on revenues from extensive passenger operations was taking its toll on the 91 mile railway running from downtown Chicago to South Bend, Indiana.
Born shortly after the dawn of the twentieth century, the South Shore had been the sturdiest of Samuel Insull’s network of Midwestern electric interurban railways and it managed to survive on that strength when all the others faded away.
By 1976, the paint on the cars was chipped and frayed, and the many stations were becoming, well, a little run-down. Despite this, the South Shore rolled on in the hands of its capable employees. Join with us as we look at the 1976-1980 era South Shore through the movie camera lens of Roger M. Koenig.
64 Minutes–Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
This video is for all our traction and trolley fans. Here is great film from the 30’s and 40’s, and some from the 50’s and 60’s. Green Frog has created an entertaining and informative video of how it used to be when traction and trolleys were an integral part of our economy.
We’ll visit the North Shore Railroad (including some spectacular Winter scenes), the South Shore, Seattle Trolleys of the 30’s and 40’s, Yakima Valley operations, and in the 1930’s, the Third Avenue Trolleys, the New York Westchester & Boston, Public Service Transport of New Jersey and the Lehigh Valley Transit (Some of the LV of the 30’s in color!).
The majority of the original film was shot on 16 mm COLOR film, the Eastern film from the 30’s was shot on 8mm black & white, and some color…very rare!
58 Minutes–Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
● BONUS DISC INCLUDED…TRACTION N’ TROLLEYS… 58 Minutes
(SPECIAL COLLECTOR’S EDITION)
5 DVD Set–Almost 9 Hours
Dolby Digital 5.1 & 2.0