Posts Tagged ‘1950’s’

Portrait of an Engineer – British Railways in the 1950’s

Produced in 1954, this film depicts a typical day of production engineer Ted Wilson who has spent 30 years working at the Vulcan Foundry (located at Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire). At this time the foundry was building both steam and electric locomotives for Britain and other countries. You’ll see the inner workings of the foundry, including the large machines in operation.

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Memories of Steam at Horseshoe Curve – 1950’s HIstoric American Railroading

1950’s HIstoric American Railroading “Memories of Steam at Horseshoe Curve” by Carl Dudley / Blackhawk Films. Background From Wikipedia: Horseshoe Curve is a famous railroad horseshoe curve in central Pennsylvania, near Altoona in the United States. Called an “engineering marvel”, it was completed in 1854 by the Pennsylvania Railroad. It was later used by the Penn Central, then Conrail, and is currently owned and operated by the Norfolk Southern Railway. The Curve is located in Kittanning Gap at the summit of the Allegheny Front, approximately 5 miles (8 km) west of Altoona. The bend is a tight arc of approximately 220 degrees. It comprises two separate curves; on the north side, the radius measures 637 ft (194 m), tightening to 609 ft (186 m) on the south side.

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8mm Cine British Railways Steam clips from the 1950s and 1960s in colour *NO SOUND*

A selection of British Railways steam clips from the 1950s and 1960s stiched together from old 8mm cine films in our collection. Featuring the GN, GE and ECML lines, steam trains over Weylyn viaduct, LNER steam traction, Britannia class 7s A4 Pacifics J15s etc stations include Royston, Sawbridgeworth, some early GE EMU’s, some from the footplate, None of these clips have ever been in the public domain before.

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Pennsylvania Steam Locomotives – 1950’s Historic American Trains & Railroading

Various scenes from the 1950’s filmed on the lines of the Pennysylvannia Railroad (PRR). A variety of freight, coal, and passenger services are seen.

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Fostoria Ohio Steam Trains from the mid 1950’s (Show 4 of 7)

Great shots of the steam trains in Fostoria Ohio from the mid 1950’s. These are part of a show on B&O Steam Railroads which was filmed by Donald J. Krofta with his 16mm camera. Audio by Jim Hawk, narration by Danny Harmon. This is from a film/video available from Herron Rail Video ( along with many other quality trains programs. I am not associate with Herron Rail Video, but want to give credit to them for these great historic shots in Fostoria. Their B&O / C&O video has many other steam engines along the route through Ohio. I have added in some text descriptions of the locations in Fostoria where these were filmed. Please view my other Fostoria Train shows also.

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British and Irish Steam memories 1950s 1960s

Memories of British and Irish Steam Trains 1950s and 1960s LTSR & The Tottenham joint lines I grew up in Dagenham and later Chadwel Heath Essex. So my first memories of the steam locomotive were at stations like Dagenham Heathway, Barking and Southend. Also between Dagenham Heathway and Bow looking from the window of District line trains on trips visiting family at Whitechapel. I can also remember steam while visiting the seaside at Southend. GER lines In 1960 my family moved to Chadwell Heath and thus I came in contact with the trains from the Liverpool street lines. This was only for a short time as by 1962 this region had done away with steam. The last steam locomotive I saw on this section was at Romford station an N7 on a parcels train. GWR lines. My family are from Ireland so for quit a few times we had our holidays at Granmothers house in Cork. This was an wonderful experience for a train mad boy. Paddington station to Fishguard Harbour and then the boat the Innisfallen to Cork. In Cork I saw steam running on the bridge at Albert quay and through the streets, also in County Kerry I remember seeing steam trains. Train spotting days. They started on wet Saturday in 1963 with a twin-rover for the bus and tube. With this in my hand travelling up to London and its termimus stations. Steam was seen on this cold rainy day (I can remember it so good) at Euston,Marlebone, Paddington, Victoria, Waterloo and London Bridge. With a school friend I visited Watford junction and

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1950’s Empire Model 43

Steam up of my early 1950’s Empire Model 43. This is an early model with the 2 piece connecting rod

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