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Railfan Video - Tapes and DVDs for the railroad enthusiast

America's Railroads: Steam Train Legacy VHS
About $43
From Barnes & Noble.com:
All aboard for a dynamo of a history lesson. Revisiting a bygone era when high-tech travel meant steam locomotives, the seven-volume America's Railroads uses vintage film clips to help capture the old-world excitement of expanding frontiers -- a subject strangely resonant in this Internet-crazed world. You don't have to be a trainspotter or toy buff to appreciate how the wheels of steel shaped a nation.

Great Trains of America: Eastern Railroading DVD
About $20
From All Movie Guide:
This documentary explores the history of the great steam engine railroad lines that contributed to the growth of industry in the United States. Using interviews with experts and historians, as well as archival footage of many of the trains, this video presents a clear vision of the railroad's strong presence in the East. The New Hampshire Steam Railroad, the Strausburg Railroad, the Cass Scenic Railroad and the Illinois Railway Museum are all discussed and explored.

War Trains: Global Railroad Action VHS
About $39
Customer review at Barnes & Noble:
Absolutely Incredible - Better than I imagined. I love to watch documentaries and this one was a real treat. I had no idea how big of an impact trains made to the winning of wars. One thing that was very well done was how the producers of this documentary kept the series on a personal level...Absolutely amazing footage from building trains to blowing up trains and tracks. I think that I enjoyed it even more on my second viewing. I highly recommend it.

The History of the World's Fastest Trains VHS
About $17
From the publisher:
From the earliest days of railroading, the quest for speed has fascinated society and inspired innovation. This unique production chronicles the global search for railroad speed, from the amazing breakthrough of Stephenson’s “Rocket” to the incredible power of the first 100 mile per hour steam locomotive to the ultimate high-speed electric Tres Grande Vitesse (TGV). It also looks ahead to the futuristic shapes and technologies of the future.

Great Trains of America: Western Railroading DVD
About $20
Sorry, no review available at this time

Modern Marvels: The Transcontinental Railroads VHS
About $17
Sorry, no review available at this time

America's Historic Steam Railroads: Roaring Camp and Big Trees Narrow-Gauge Railroad VHS
About $13
Sorry, no review available at this time

America's Historic Steam Railroads: Cass Scenic Railroad VHS
About $13
Sorry, no review available at this time

Movies - These films feature trains in a supporting role

Runaway Train VHS
Runaway Train DVD
$13-20
From All Movie Guide:
Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky's second American film may well be the only existential adventure flick in Hollywood history. Two prisoners, Manny (Jon Voight) and Buck (Eric Roberts), escape from a desolate Alaskan maximum-security facility. They hop aboard a speeding train, making a clean escape. But the engineer has suffered a heart attack, and the train goes out of control. ...As doom approaches, Manny apparently goes mad, viciously preventing any attempts to stop the train or rescue its passengers...

Strangers on a Train VHS
Strangers on a Train DVD
$16-17
From Barnes & Noble.com:
Strangers on a Train puts a refreshing spin on Alfred Hitchcock's familiar theme of an innocent man caught up in a web of murder and deceit. Good-for-nothing playboy Bruno Anthony (Robert Walker) meets social-climbing tennis pro Guy Haines (Farley Granger) on a train and offers a lethal hypothesis: Bruno will murder Guy's trampy wife if, in exchange, Guy will murder Bruno's father. ...The film positively brims with unforgettable sequences...

The Train VHS
The Train DVD
$17-20
From All Movie Guide:
Train is a riveting thriller that chronicles the French Resistance's attempt to stop a train taking crates of fine French art to Nazi Germany. Burt Lancaster plays the train inspector who is persuaded to help the French Resistance sabotage the train, and the film winds up as a battle of wits between Lancaster and Paul Scofield, who plays the German general who ordered the seizing of the art.

Von Ryan's Express VHS
Von Ryan's Express DVD
$17-20
From All Movie Guide:
Von Ryan's Express is a fast-paced, well-acted World War II drama, featuring a squadron of Allied soldiers trying to escape a prison camp in Italy. ...a determined, resourceful American Air Force colonel (Frank Sinatra) takes charge and leads the escape, which requires that the prisoners sneak onto a German train bound for Switzerland. The subsequent train ride, featuring good special effects and outstanding stunt work, is great fun and very suspenseful...

Books for railfans

The Encyclopedia of Trains and Locomotives
About $15
From the Publisher:
Alphabetically organized, fully cross-referenced, and densely illustrated, The Encyclopedia of Trains & Locomotives was written by noted tram historian C.J. Riley to be the perfect handbook for any train enthusiast. Included in the pages of this comprehensive volume are the most significant innovations in locomotive technology as well as the most important and colorful characters from the history of the "iron horse."

Lionel: A Century of Classic Toy Trains
About $28
From the Publisher:
Celebrate the hundred-year anniversary of one of the most beloved toys of the 20th-century: the timeless Lionel train... Enjoy the history of Lionel's rise to greatness in a splendid oversize tribute, featuring breathtaking images of perfectly preserved trains from every era, including some of the most famous and rare models, as well as reproductions of legendary catalogs and ads. ... The definitive tribute to a most cherished American institution.

The Routledge Historical Atlas of American Railroads
About $16.15
From Booknews:
An eminent historian of American railroads offers an engaging chronicle of the railroad industry from the casting of the first tracks in the 1820s to the losses and mergers of the 1990s. Includes compact histories of more than 25 individual railroad lines, as well as 50 color maps and numerous color and b&w photographs.

Railroad Stations Depots and Roundhouses
About $16
From the Publisher:
A testament to the vitality of the railroad age, this handsome volume documents the depots and terminals, great and small, and highlights their architectural diversity and rare character. With a wealth of photographs - both full color and historic sepia images - and a lively text, this book invites all railroad buffs to climb aboard.

Europe by Eurail: How to Tour Europe by Train
About $15.25
From the Publisher:
The best-selling and most respected rail guides on the market, Globe Pequot's are the only ones devoted exclusively to rail travel in Europe and Great Britain with both timetables and suggestions on what to see and do along the way. Each guide has the most up-to-date information on fares, schedules, and pass options.

The Last Steam Railroad in America
About $20
Annotation:
Between 1955 and 1959, Link traveled up and down the Norfolk & Western's divisions, taking pictures of the trains, towns, and people who worked on the railroad and lived beside it. Published here for the first time are photographs he made in daylight, as well as at night and on the branches of the railroad not covered in his first book, Steam, Steel & Stars. 124 photos, 100 in duotone, 24 in full color.

Under the Sidewalks of New York: The Story of the Greatest Subway System in the World
About $18
From the Publisher:
Tracing the system from the first short IRT loop to the extensive net work of today, with information about such fascinating sidelights as the city's tram systems and the PATH trains linking New York and New Jersey, Cudahy has produced a complete, thoroughly researched and annotated, and fully illustrated history that will delight subway buffs...

Classic American Railroads
About $28
From the Publisher:
Classic American Railroads is a beautiful tribute to the golden age of railroading in America. Focusing on the years between WWII and the decline of rail travel in the 1970s, 16 of the most-remembered railroads and their finest equipment are featured in 200 original color and black and white photos.

Dining by Rail: The History and Recipes of America'a Golden Age of Railroad Cuisine
About $16.15
From the Publisher:
"Dining by Rail" recaptures the history and spirit of an era and offers absorbing details and sumptuous recipes to readers with an interest in railroads and Americana. 150 photos.

Great American Rail Journeys: The Companion to the Public Television Programs
About $20
From Carl Swanson - Trains Magazine:
From the Gold Rush country of Alaska to the exotic wilderness of Mexico's Copper Canyon, this lively companion volume to the Public Television programs captures all the adventure and drama of North America's finest passenger trains. Great American Rail Journeys is top-notch reading for anyone who has heard the call of the rails.

Nothing Like It in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad, 1863-1869
About $17
The Barnes & Noble Review:
Stephen Ambrose, author of such immensely popular histories as Undaunted Courage and D-Day, has created an enthralling account of the building of the transcontinental railroad, one riddled with ideas and facts, personalities and scandals...

Short Lines: A Collection of Classic American Railroad Stories
About $8
From the Publisher:
...Short Lines is a glistening ensemble of fourteen railroad stories that will take you back to that era, bringing to life the engineers, conductors, tramps, steam locomotives, and abandoned box cars of bygone days...

Children's Book and Videos

Thomas and the Magic Railroad VHS
Thomas and the Magic Railroad DVD
$16-20
From All Movie Guide:
The internationally popular children's television program Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends (shown in the United States as part of the PBS series Shining Time Station) makes its way onto the big screen in this feature-length adventure...

Thomas and the Magic Railroad: Diesel 10 Means Trouble
About $3
From the Publisher:
Diesel 10 thinks that steam engines are useless and that diesels are the Really Useful Engines. Find out how Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends prove him wrong in this delightful photographic picturebook.

Catch Me, Catch Me!: A Thomas the Tank Engine Story
About $3
Illustrated in full color. Just 50 words tell how Thomas the Tank Engine races Gordon, a big engine, to see who can get to the other side of the hill first. Included is a page of cut-out mini learning cards--one for each word in the story.

Thomas's ABC Book
About $3
An alphabet book featuring Thomas the tank engine and his friends.
From the Publisher:
Based on The Railway Series by the REV. W. AWDRY. A is for All Aboard! Filled with fun photographs from the popular TV show, Shining Time Station, Thomas's ABC Book will delight children while teaching them the alphabet along the way.

The Ultimate Train Sticker Book
About $5.56
From the Publisher:
Create your own picture book! This new addition to DK's best-selling Ultimate Stickers series focus on the exciting subject of Trains. Each sticker book contains more than 60 full-color stickers and a fact-packed 8-page booklet for special insight into the wonderful world of trains.

Vehicle Stickers: Trains
About $3.55
From the Publisher:
Stick with things that go! These eight-page paperbacks with sticker sheets feature bright, clear stickers of machines on the go. Perfect for active little hands and minds. Reusable vinyl stickers * Perfect sticker books for long or short car trips.

The Railway Children
About $3.59
Annotation:
First published in 1906, this remarkable book has never been out of print, and in 1972 was the subject of a popular film. The touching story tells of three children and their mother in Edwardian England who must leave their comfortable home when their father is mysteriously taken away.

 

 

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