Here is a priceless collection of vintage films that highlight the style and efficiency of the mighty New York Central Railroad. Go back in time and see the New York Central as the mighty railroad it was, before the end of passenger trains and the beginning of the end when the NYC and the Pennsylvania Railroad merged to become the ill-fated Penn Central. From steam to diesel, you’ll see vintage NYC in these films. These three videos were selected for their intriguing mix of motive power, variety of trains, historic scope, and exciting display of rare images. Included on this DVD are:
The Water Level Route
Noted rail photographer Bill Warrick created this documentary stretching from the 1905 Empire State Express to the end of the 20th Century Limited era. You’ll delight to K-Class Pacifics, Niagaras, Mohawks, and Hudson locomotives; the Century Mercury, James Whitcomb Riley, and other name trains; first generation diesels and early electrics; Grand Central, Buffalo Union Terminal, Cleveland Union Terminal, and Lasalle Street Station; and many other fascinating views. B&W and Color.
Within the Oval, the NYC System
This PR film was made by the NYC in the early 1950s to demonstrate the railroad’s involvement in the nation’s economy. Featured are day-to-day operations with Pacemaker freights, passenger trains, first generation diesels and electrics, as well as Hudson, Mohawk, and Niagara type steam locomotives. At the time this film was made, the NYC ran over 26,000 miles of track, and was a major force among America’s railroads. Color.
The 20th Century Limited on TV
In 1955, the TV series “Omnibus” sent host Alistair Cooke, Trains Magazine Editor David P. Morgan, and a team of cameramen to Grand Central Station for a live broadcast about NYC’s most famous train. At track 25, Morgan explains the train’s consist, introduces the 46-member crew, and interviews the engineer and fireman as we wait for the Century to depart. We move to Tower A for a demonstration of the control board and to the dispatcher’s office for further information. Then we’re inside the cab of the moving train for a brief chat with the engineer. It’s a piece of railroading history you’ll want to watch over and over again! B&W.