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Footage shot between 1897 and 1906 by the Edison & Biograph Production Company From "America's Railroads: A Steam Train Legacy" by Timeless Media Group http://www.timelessvideo.com
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Jims Traintips (2 days ago)
Fantastic old footage!! So glad I found it.
train 59 (7 days ago)
2:39 to 2:53. Was the section just ripped up by ulster county.
Mike Brown (16 days ago)
In the steam train days locomotive crews might toss a few pounds of coal beside the track in poor areas, especially in hard winters. It was against company rules, but it helped poor people heat their homes.
Marc Hansen (26 days ago)
Lyle L. Madison (30 days ago)
Wasn't film silent till approximately 1920-ish?
Janet Carbone (1 month ago)
Ashley S (1 month ago)
10 year old video. Even the video is vintage.
True Miss (1 month ago)
Black and white 👉💓
Jay H (1 month ago)
That looked staged workers just wacking line with hammers if you look
London 64 (1 month ago)
Great video. Very interesting 👍👍👍
Joe Lee (1 month ago)
A great old video keep digging them up we love them.
SCL Pete (1 month ago)
Nice narration an explanation of scenes thank you SCL Pete SCL trainman ID# 175866.
Lane Rail Video (1 month ago)
Neat seeing this old stuff.
Roger Darwin (29 days ago)
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Larry M (1 month ago)
Trivia time. All you railroad buffs out there. What is the standard width of all the rail road tracks? I will post the answer in a month from now. Unless somebody get's it right. 12/24/2019
the artist formally known as craig lastname (1 month ago)
Cossacks are
Groundhog (1 month ago)
I would have hated to been a train engineer back then.
granskare (1 month ago)
in Chicago, I used to go to the Biograph movie house
Dave Hibbs (1 month ago)
kleetus92 (1 month ago)
I liked the whistle effect from Emperor of the North Pole at 6:32....
Duelfuel (1 month ago)
Who doesn't want to live back then
daniel's lil baby (1 month ago)
Duelfuel (1 month ago)
Canadian kid (2 months ago)
Coil and wood than oil fired steam engines ?
Hank Austin (29 days ago)
Coal was certainly king back then for trains
Jim King (2 months ago)
This video has been intentionally downgraded to a much much lower resolution for the usual reasons. I've seen this in very good resolution. Look around YouTube and try to find it.
Steffen Rosmus (2 months ago)
Not vintage videos: films!!!!!!
sanjayd411 (2 months ago)
Incredible! Wow!👍👍
ronald held (2 months ago)
Amazing footage! Felt swept back in time.Great narration.
Hannah Miyamoto (2 months ago)
It's interesting to see that pedestrians were almost as casual about walking and cycling in front of moving trains as they are today. I was worried until that idiot stopped his bicycle.
Steven Spaziani (2 months ago)
Railroading was a whole lot different 100 plus years ago than it is today.
Hank Austin (29 days ago)
ya think?
Galaxy7 (2 months ago)
Being a train lover,this was simply awesome.When I saw the criss crossing of tracks, and railroad bridges over other tracks, I thought this was like the interstate highways of the early 20th century.
Eric Lynch (2 months ago)
I love historical footage like this. Thank you so much for sharing. Curious about the water trough between the rails. As much as I have been a fan of steam locomotives throughout the decades, I had never seen that before. Seems like a great idea, though.
ЈϚhuπϯεЯ (2 months ago)
never knew some of those old rail lines had "water troughs" between the rails, as to not have to stop and refill at a water tower..great idea
Douglas Skaalrud (26 days ago)
I think they were used primarily by New York Central and the Pennsy. Every second counted on their name trains.
Andrew Petik (2 months ago)
Joseph Hudock (2 months ago)
Great love old footage. I lived by the Lehigh tracks in Mt. Top, Pa.
Dave Hughes Farm (2 months ago)
What is crazy is every man and their sons in these photos are deceased..
Hank Austin (29 days ago)
@Sam I am the world "crazy" is GREATLY over-used these days.. thanks for asking that, Sam, I wondered the same thing!
Dave Hughes Farm (2 months ago)
@Sam I am I mean its nostalgic and meloncholy..
Sam I am (2 months ago)
Dave Hughes Farm Why is that crazy?
DerrickOil (2 months ago)
49 dislikes? C'mon man...
Jeremy Preece (2 months ago)
No health and safety then. I can't believe how little time the workmen had to get themselves off the track and out of the way of the express train.
Jeremy Preece (2 months ago)
What an amazing selection of historic footage; a window into a bygone world. Probably none of the railway rolling stock (carriages or locomotives) will have survived and all of those people in every shot have been dead for many decades. The quality of the films do not prevent your mind from being transported back there.
Hank Austin (29 days ago)
I don't get it.. so what if people are dead?? why does, in every vintage video, someone have to wonder about "the dead"?
Jackster Jackster (2 months ago)
Really cool!
hawker (3 months ago)
sad to know most of these trains were either scrapped for metal or were left to rust. only very little survived.
ЈϚhuπϯεЯ (2 months ago)
alot of that old steel was used for the war
Miles High (2 months ago)
Your right! I think that the famous 999 was saved and is in a museum!!
William Overton (4 months ago)
Ok, so where's the video from 1833?
Dave Hibbs (4 months ago)
They didn't have sound back then! This had to have been added
Hank Austin (29 days ago)
ya THINK!?!?!?
Daniel Leinad (7 months ago)
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Hugh Rainbird (9 months ago)
The sequence from 01:00 looks highly dangerous, a track gang works on the line as a train approaches, warned off only at the last moment by the Foreman's handkerchief?, and the train passes by without even reducing speed!
Mike Kotowski (2 months ago)
If trains reduced speed for every person near the track they'd never get to where they're heading. Its your job to get the hell out of the way. I worked on the RR in the 70's...we got out of the way kind of at the last minute just like these guys did. It wasnt that close actually..the film is speeded up. But I will tell you that being inside a tunnel with a passing train is intense...cause tons of steel are rolling just 2 or 3 feet in front of your nose and the ground shakes under your feet. Trust me I don't care how tough you think you are the first few times you have to do it its scary. We worked inside the Moffat Tunnel in Colorado and its 7 miles long. It was built in 1923 when trains were narrow guage and much smaller. But by the 70's trains were much taller and wider and standard guage. Those newer trains filled those old tunnels to the max so when you worked in the tunnel and a train came thru you had find a small man sized cut out chisled out in the rock scattered every so often that was about the thickness of your body as a 100 car freight train rumbled by 2 feet in front of your nose in total pitch darkness. Its quite the experience. No joke.
b3j8 (4 months ago)
Yeah just thinking the same thing. Management probably expected them to keep working until the last minute! As little standing around on the Company dime as possible.
Mickey Kravitz (9 months ago)
hello, just saw this video and wanted to ask if i could use some of the footage for a song lyric video .. its great footage and the song is called least train.
Hank Austin (29 days ago)
no response = yes
El Coco Lineas (10 months ago)
5:39 Lol
Garrett Smith (1 year ago)
2:13 In 1906 wouldn't they most likely be using the flags to alert horse and carriage riders that there was a train coming? I know cars were very uncommon then.
Hank Austin (29 days ago)
there were plenty of cars around in 1906
captainmorgan757 (1 year ago)
@ 2:00 the narrator says, "...is shot from the engineer's view". Wrong. The left side of the cab (in the U.S.A.) is the fireman's side. Not the engineer's side.
Hank Austin (29 days ago)
what POSSIBLE difference does it make? it's still a captivating shot
microbusss (1 year ago)
I wonder what these scenes look like NOW! hehe I bet some are abandoned Except Horseshoe Curve
Loretta Caputo (1 year ago)
This was a great look at early American railroading. Loved all the watchmen at the road crossings with white flags and wooden passenger cars with truss rods. All of this footage is so much better than a static photograph. Thank you Mr. Edison.
David Welker (1 year ago)
Awesome! I wonder if their are any train films from this era or after of the trains in Benson, Arizona
RMC Carrillo (1 year ago)
Awesome vid. Thank you for sharing it. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! Be safe out there. God bless
bert (1 year ago)
Every interesting every sophisticated filming for a very early technology, back to sleep please they really don't want you thinking. Look listen repeat now you is well educated, p h d good for nothing h p good for me chips
IVAN REIS (1 year ago)
Billman730 (1 year ago)
Having startedrailroading in the 60,s it’s amazing how much better from a labor standard the is now .
kevin Simala (1 year ago)
Nice engine sound effects. Too bad that technology wasn't available at that time.
WJack97224 (1 year ago)
At about 3:22 minutes the "horseshoe curve" is shown. Excerpt from Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horseshoe_Curve_(Pennsylvania) Horseshoe Curve is a three-track railroad curve on Norfolk Southern Railway's Pittsburgh Line in Blair County, Pennsylvania. The curve itself is about 2,375 feet (700 m) long and 1,300 feet (400 m) in diameter; it was completed in 1854 by the Pennsylvania Railroad as a way to lessen the grade to the summit of the Allegheny Mountains. It eventually replaced the time-consuming Allegheny Portage Railroad, the only other route across the mountains for large vehicles
WJack97224 (1 year ago)
The good ol' days, well, IMHO of course. Thanks for posting. Good on ya mate. Perfection is nice but then something is lost, too. Looking back it seems there was a quality of life that I wish were still available, but of course there are lots of developments that I dearly like and wouldn't want to miss. Computers, jets, printers, the Internet, medicines...
Eric Lynch (2 months ago)
I know, right. I read somewhere that the avg life expectancy for a guy born in 1900 was only 49 years. Higher quality of life, but comparatively short. Makes me wonder which I'd rather have.
Meester Krabs (1 year ago)
Queue the Thomas theme song.
Another View (1 year ago)
0:32 to 0:56 Elizabeth, NJ . Most of the Jersey Central tracks in this section long since gone although some small sections still exist. The NJT station now sits over the the JC roadbed.
Fiona (1 year ago)
Why am I so obsessed with vintage videos?
Rex Luminus (1 year ago)
👍Great collections of rare films ***. Enjoyed it v. Much. Thank you.
Rooster (1 year ago)
Lap dissolves at beginning and end of tunnel??? I saw nothing...
Mike Kotowski (2 months ago)
Thats exactly the point - a lap disolve in motion picture taking back then is a fade-out of a scene that overlaps with a fade-in of a new scene, so that one appears to dissolve into the other. It made the tunnel shot appear seamless.
Bill G (1 year ago)
The National Park Service runs the Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park, New Jersey.  Definitely worth the visit.  You can also see the Edison railroad....
amazing763 (1 year ago)
Don't know what they are called, but some of the films show "fringes" of steel rods hanging about 40 feet in front of bridges so that men riding atop the cars will know to duck and not get hit by the bridge.
MMID303 (1 year ago)
Called a tell-tale
Umar Farooq (1 year ago)
I bet they all used to use their iPhones on the train
Garrett Smith (1 year ago)
Whitney Allemand (1 year ago)
Maybe type a bit clearer.
Whitney Allemand (1 year ago)
Oh, well it didn’t sound like a joke because of your horrible grammar.
Umar Farooq (1 year ago)
Whitney Allemand IK IDIOT. Obviously it was a joke. Steve jobs wasn't even born then smh
Whitney Allemand (1 year ago)
Umar Farooq This is 100+ years ago. iPhones didn’t exist in this time, idiot.
Groundhog (1 year ago)
Why is this not offered in 1080p?
Groundhog (1 year ago)
I was being cylindrical. Cynical. Staying in step with the below comments.
American Nostalgia (1 year ago)
....because they didn't have 1080p in 1897, maybe? o_O
Randy Smith (1 year ago)
I like this,but to bad Edison was such a scumbag !!
countrypaul (1 year ago)
Fun stuff - thank you!
Diversión Máxima (1 year ago)
Hello nice video Happy day and greeting from diversión máxima 😍😍😍
justin libby (1 year ago)
I live 20 mins from the shot at 4:03 in Sarnia Ontario also I've been near that tunnel many times and it is quite different, Unfortunately the tracks have been torn up.
David Hughes (1 year ago)
Uh, sorry, but the clip that starts at 1:35 is taken from the fireman's point of view.
Bernard Schirmeyer (1 year ago)
Crasybear 65......it is the same thing..in all the rest of the world...any way it is extraordinaire to keep this film....it is really old..I am in france
randall conci (1 year ago)
My backyard
gary jonson (1 year ago)
kiwitrainguy (1 year ago)
Interesting that this was taken from "Paper Positives". When they made films back then, as well as the Celluloid Negative and the Positive made from that they were also required to make a paper photograph of every frame which is what we have here. The original Celluloid films of this vid have probably long since disintegrated.
Bernard Schirmeyer (1 year ago)
kiwitrainguy ..I think that you know what you say.......I am 71 years man who have develop foto when I was young
Dr. Fastestinthewest (2 years ago)
Great video. Thxz. Regards...
Peter Whyte (2 years ago)
Thank you for that!
Don Moore (2 years ago)
Living in the northeast, I really enjoyed this. Been in some of these places and I live in the Lehigh Valley. First time I have seen a rail trough *after* the train passes - cleaned that out nicely. Awesome that this footage exists.
speng72 (1 month ago)
The first time they tried to fill the tender at that speed it blew up!!!! too much water and not enough air  going out..... boooooom!!!!!! after that they put in special baffles to get rid of the air.... no more burst tenders.
Thatguyontheinternet (1 year ago)
Don Moore I'm not alone in the valley!
patlawless1960 (2 years ago)
I very much appreciate that this great old footage includes narration telling us what it is. Too many videos show photos or videos with absolutely no information of the subject whatsoever. Thanks for uploading!
Pastor Ennis Tait (2 years ago)
I like planes now but I still have a like for train
Mike Gross (2 years ago)
Some of the film is very good quality considering the age!
Frank Ernesto (2 years ago)
People used to put on a suit and hat to go pick up the mail.. Now people even go to church wearing shorts and blue jeans.
O.K. Frax (28 days ago)
Humble Wisdom good to know : )
Humble Wisdom (1 month ago)
@O.K. Frax Thanks for your comment. I again agree with you on all you stated. I guess my point was that if we understand who God is, that He is The Holy and sovereign creator of all things. When we come before Him in worship and praise we should show reverence first from our heart and that will then overflow to the outside. Hence dressing up as opposed to wearing something that we cut the grass in. I just think some people have swung to far the other way and now show very little reverence when they come into God's presence corporately. In Exodus 19, God told Moses to consecrate the people up to the third day, and stay away from their wives to prepare themselves to meet God near the mountain and also to wash their clothes. Sorry to go on and on but this topic has been bugging me lately. I know the clothes don't matter it's all about the heart. But if God invited me to church this Sunday and He said He would be there, I know I'm not going to show up looking like right after church I'm going to go play tennis. I just think some people show up at church punch their card and get on with the rest of their other important things they want to do. Like worshiping God was a speed bump in their day. I will even throw myself in that group at times, but it's not where I want to be. Thank God for Jesus my great high priest. I now can boldly approach the throne of grace.
O.K. Frax (1 month ago)
Humble Wisdom that’s for your comment, the Old Testament priest represent a different things and what he wore, the rituals he performed, if you read first Samuel the first three chapters you can see those at wore that clothing but acted contrary were detestable to the Lord, he sent a prophet to them the warn them of their unrighteous deeds, judgment followed their unrepentant heart. Jesus is called a High Priest and he’s the only one worthy to open up the Books see the book of revelations
O.K. Frax (1 month ago)
Colorado Strong Well if you read in the New Testament where Jesus hung out is was with those that were considered sinners and low life’s so I would rather be considered a low life and have him hang with me then with the upper echelon the upper crust of the world that can’t relate to him and have no hunger for him and desire his righteousness.
Humble Wisdom (1 month ago)
@O.K. Frax I agree with your statement, but have you ever wondered why did God have the priests in the old testament wear very special clothes when they approached the Tabernacle. God has not changed. Thought for food!!!
Michael Frame (2 years ago)
Water trough? Okay, at age 52 I learned something. I would like to know more about the scupper trough that allowed steam engines to recoup their water, " on the fly". Thanks for the good look-see, Mr. Edison.
newstart49 (11 months ago)
I'm 64, first I heard of it.
Sidney Wallace (1 year ago)
Union Pacific had one in North Platte Nebraska that was on the outside of the rails instead of in the center like this one.
kiwitrainguy (1 year ago)
The PRR ("Pennsy") and NYC railroads had them and they were also used in Britain. They called them Water Troughs on this vid but I've also heard them referred to as Track Pans.
derek peters (2 years ago)
Could you change the license of this video to creative commons please? I would like to use pieces of it for a project. Thanks!
William H. Jarvis (3 years ago)
Nice! I kind of love vintage videos.
USNVA (3 years ago)
It must have been dismal back then to live every day in black and white, although the people did move a lot faster than the people of today :-P
COMMANDER of the NORTH (8 days ago)
Notice no one was fat !
cruisinthefifties (1 month ago)
Retired Music Educator (1 month ago)
because people then were not as fat as we are in America today!
Aussie Pom (1 year ago)
They should slow the films down to the original silent film speed.
Ed777tx Mounsey (1 year ago)
Old films were shot at 16 frames per second, modern film shot at 24 frames per second. Old films are played at 24 frames per second, hence they seem to move faster.
joemc111 (3 years ago)
Wow nice to see someone had the good sense to save this film wow!
Steve Evans (3 years ago)
Really enjoyed this, Thank You.
Carl Mac (3 years ago)
Great videos of a bygone era, thank you.
MICHAEL STEWART (4 years ago)
the jersey central scene was shot in elizabeth, nj eastbound of broad street. the locomotive was a vauclain compound.
john72ss (4 years ago)
nice!  but why would anyone dislike this????
Greg Rowe (1 year ago)
Michael Frame (2 years ago)
It blocks their view of Venus.
MrYfrank14 (2 years ago)
great grandad lost the farm to the railroad.
Gerri Roach (4 years ago)
Meghnad (4 years ago)
It feels great watching these 100+ years old videos. !00+ years old, the world has changed so much since then.........
The Shade Tree Fix-it Man (4 years ago)
Very cool footage
David Sherman (2 years ago)
The Shade Tree Fix-it Man Pp
Daniel Piccinini (4 years ago)
vintage video "exellent " thanks.
Cyndi Braslow (3 years ago)
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stripervince1 (4 years ago)
i can say is wow.
Patrick Clark (1 year ago)
Slave girl market
stripervince1 (4 years ago)
@stripervince1 on the very last clip, it replenishes its water supply from the trough in the middle of the track without stopping? fucking ingenius. wish i was born in 1900 like my gandfather, he liveD til 101. there were no airlplanes when he was a kid. he didnt see one til 1915. he got to see apollo 11 land on the moon in 69. from no flight to the moon in 66 years
CrazyBear65 (4 years ago)
It's a damn shame what happened to the American railroads. You can blame the greedy bastards for whom a couple million bucks wasn't good enough. Now all we have left from the glory days or railroading are old footage like this, old photographs, and the painstaking labor of love that has gone into model railroads across the country. Nothing is as it once was. They call it "progress", I call it fubar.
Mike Kotowski (2 months ago)
Nothing lasts forever and I'm grateful for a few of those railroad magnates cause I got a great job as a know nothing broke 18 year old working for one back in the 70's.
brakie44820 (1 year ago)
The railroads needed to become more competitive with the trucking industry there would be no freight railroads today if it was business as usual.. The decaying railroads of the 60s will prove that point.
Groundhog (1 year ago)
Plenty of trains going by close to my house every day. I estimate about 20 trains a day go by, carrying everthing from military hardware to passengers.
MeanGeneNavy (1 year ago)
CrazyBear65 sir, it wasn't Railroad Magnates that brought the roads down to their present state, but rather the advent of th US Highway System. Meant to provide for movement of troops during time of war, it allowed the trucking industry to grow from very local service to transcontinental service that could go anywhere. Less-Than-Carload service was ideal for trucks, and the rest is history. Mean Gene
Douglas Skaalrud (1 year ago)
David Wayne: Trucks didn't become a threat to railroads until the height of the Cold War and the completion of the interstate highway system. Air freight has always been an extravegence because of the very high cost and weight limitations of the aircraft. When the Jumbos came along weight restrictions came down but rates did not. What hurt railroads more than anything was government regulation and the destruction of railroad infrastructure from the world wars, something the government should have paid for but did not. After deregulation railroads sunk massive amounts of money into modernization in order to survive. The rationalization of the railroads that had been predicted at the start of deregulation did indeed occur and continues. The big railroads that are left are extremely well built and maintained because they have to be in the ongoing atmosphere of deregulation. It's also why there is the movement towards the one-man crew or even driverless trains. It's either highest efficiency (and lowest rates) or die.
Martín Frangul (5 years ago)
Is this video licenced? public domain? Thanks!
Offshoreorganbuilder (5 years ago)
Aidan Maurice (5 years ago)
I fucking love this. Why can't stuff be like this now? :P
Bill Smith (1 year ago)
Why do you need to use the f word? Trouble ecpressing yourself?
David Wayne (1 year ago)
Probably because no one wants their kids to hear mouths like yours.