Climb aboard “The Fifties Express” for a trip, via rare 16mm color film shot in the 1950s, to a time when Steamers and First Generation Diesels roamed America’s railroads. You’ll see Central Vermont steamers at the White River Roundhouse, the Canadian National west of Montreal, Western Maryland freight and passenger trains between Elkins, West Virginia and Cumberland, Maryland, freight and passenger trains of the Baltimore & Ohio, and steam on the Pennsylvania Railroad’s famous Horseshoe Curve. You’re trackside on the the New York Central, the Nickel Plate, the Boston & Maine… and at Edaville, the two foot gauge tourist line. On the New Haven follow a steam fan trip in 1953.
Massive Y-6 compound articulated 2-8-8-2’s are featured on the Norfolk & Western along with the sleek “J” engines on the “Powhatan” and “Cavalier”. Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range articulateds move ore to the docks at Two Harbors, Minnesota. A huge Northern Pacific articulated is serviced at Bozeman, Montana. Milwaukee Road Electrics live again as the “Olympian” pulls out of Three Forks, Montana. A pair of “Little Joe’s” arrive with a freight.
The Grand Finale…The scene shifts to the North where the Canadian Rockies form a grand backdrop for the steam and diesel powered trains of the Canadian Pacific.