See the golden age of railroading in films of that period with four vintage films from the 1930s to early 1950s. The highlight film is a 20 minute New York Central film showing the famous Hudson (4-6-4) locomotive – from operations to servicing. The Pennsylvania Railroad is represented with the tourist-targeted “On To Washington”. In addition there are two steel company films dealing with testing of railroad Trucks(Wheels), and braking which includes several test trains. The PRR and NYC films are in B&W, the steel company films are in color. More about each film on this DVD: The first is a steel company film and is all about the testing of their special wheel sets, made for the railroads. This shows a test car, and several trains including steam and diesel. It was made in the 1940’s or early 1950’s. The second, is called “The Power to Stop”, and is about the brakes on passenger train coaches, and other cars. This shows a Milwaukee Road Hiawatha style engine pulling the test car up to 100 mph, and the car is uncoupled at speed to make the brake tests. Both of these films have narration.
The third film is a Pennsylvania Railroad Black and White silent film called “On to Washington”. This rare film was made in the 1930’s, and shows PRR routes all over the Midwest, then concentrates on Washington DC sightseeing. This film was silent, and we added background music. It does show some passenger car interiors which is quite interesting, such as the Porter, the dining car, and lounge cars. The fourth film is a gem, by the New York Central called “The Steam Locomotive”. It is 20 minutes and Black and White. It is all about the famous New York Central Hudson (4-6-4) steam engine, one of the most recognizable engines on the planet at the time. You see servicing of the engine, as well as backshop work, roundhouse inspections, and other work that goes into making these engines run properly. There are several operating views from inside the cab to side-by-side scenes in action.