A Collection of videos that our members may find interesting.
"Clear Track Ahead!" Pennsylvania Rail Road 1946
Pennsylvania Rail Road promotional film from 1946 which details the activities of the railroad from inception through to the mid 1940's.
The Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) was an American Class I railroad, founded in 1846. Commonly referred to as the "Pennsy", the PRR was headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The PRR was the largest railroad by traffic and revenue in the U.S. throughout the first two-thirds of the twentieth century and was at one time the largest publicly traded corporation in the world. At its peak, it controlled about 10,000 miles (16,000 km) of rail line; in the 1920s it carried about three times the traffic (measured by ton-miles of freight) as other railroads of comparable length, such as Union Pacific or Santa Fe. The only rival was New York Central, which carried around three-quarters of PRR's ton-miles.
"Progress on the Rails" - Pennsylvania Rail Road - 1952
A Publicity film produced by the Pennsylvania RailRoad (PRR) in 1952 showing modern safety features introduced by the railroads such as cab signalling. You'll also see the dragging equipment detector, the "TrainPhone" radio system and locomotive event recorders as well as other technological advances that allow the railroads to run more safely & efficiently.
Wheels Of Steel" featuring the GG-1 electric locomotive.
This publicity film from the Pennsylvania RailRoad (PRR) released in the early 1950's focuses on the mighty GG-1 electric locomotives. Shows the trains in action as well as 'behind the scenes'.
A total of 140 GG-1 electric locomotives were constructed by its designer General Electric and the Pennsylvania's Altoona Works from 1934 to 1943. The locomotives were incredibly powerful with 4,620 hp (3,450 kW) available continuously, and 8000 hp (6000 kW) available for short durations. The locomotives had a top speed of 160km/h (100 miles per hour).
Initially introduced into service by the Pennsylvania in 1935, the GG1 was operated by its successor companies—Penn Central, Conrail and Amtrak. The last GG1 was retired from service by New Jersey Transit in 1983. Most of the GG1s were scrapped, but several were preserved by various museums around the United States.
Making Tracks (1956)
A short film by David Bromage, and a glimpse of how railroad tracks were relayed in the old country.
Tie Inserting Machine
Amtrak track-laying machine replacing ties in Levittown, PA on Thursday, April 21, 2011. Video by Walt King
HARSCO's TrackLaying machine in Central Illinois, 2011