Vintage Rail Journey

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Coast to Coast on vintage passenger trains via rare film.

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Coast to Coast on vintage passenger trains! The majority of this footage was shot by Victor Shattock beginning with a June 1953 trip on the California Zephyr riding the dome cars from Oakland to Denver aboard the Western Pacific and D&RGW. Then it’s on to Chicago, and we ride the New York Central to New York, and eventually Atlantic City. Ride in the cab of a NYC E- unit along the Hudson and then a NYC electric. Next we take the B&O to St. Louis and see railroads in that area. Also in the Midwest, we see gas-electrics, and a Burlington Zephyr, the Silver Charger. There is a brief visit to the National Museum of Transport in St. Louis early in its existence. We also see electric railways including Chicago and South Shore, and Illinois Terminal.

Next we move back to the west and ride a Santa Fe train over the Tehachapi Mountains, and eventually to the Grand Canyon. Next we see another trip over the Tehachapi mountains with a trip to Arizona on the Southern Pacific. Later we ride the C&O from Hinton to Washington and see other railroads in that area. Next we ride the Southern to Bristol, and take the N&W to Roanoke and beyond in former Wabash dome car. The last segment was made just before Amtrak took over with a Ken Shattock trip to Chicago where we see a lot of action, including at Englewood, Illinois. Next we are in St. Paul, and ride the last North Coast Limited on the NP before Amtrak. This train is ridden to Seattle where the show ends.

There are some really rare trains here, including the Missouri-Illinois Ferry operation with a steamboat connection. We counted easily 33 different railroads including the following. WP, D&RGW, CB&Q, NYC, PRR, B&O, GM&O,MP, Wabash, Rutland, Illinois Terminal, C&NW, Litchfield, Chicago & South Shore, TRRA, Alton and Southern, Katy, Nickel Plate, Frisco, Santa Fe, SP, IC, Rock Island, Erie, C&O, RF&P, SCL, Southern, N&W, GN, NP, Milwaukee, and more. There is a wealth of material here, so that anyone who likes vintage passenger trains, and early diesel power will love this show. A lot of different regions and railroads are covered in this all-color DVD shot on 8mm films Music and narration guides you along this fast- paced show.

Please note: There is no actual railroad sound on this DVD, it is music and narration. There was no soundtrack on the original film and no sound has been dubbed in.

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1 review for Vintage Rail Journey

  1. T.A. Ross

    Remember when people dressed nice to travel back in yhe 1950’s–well here is a dvd about the good old days of rail travel. You start your journey in June 1953 on the California Zephyr in the dome car from Oakland to Denver on Western Pacific & the D&ROW then on to Chicago, then onto NY on the NY Central . In this film you go to so many different and andexcitin. Place with great scenery. For vintage train lovers this film is for you. Just music with very little narration.

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