An Inside Look at America’s First Railroad and Six Historic Locomotives

Includes Bonus Footage, A Detailed 8-page Booklet, and Historic Photos

Mute the noise of the outside world for a little while and stand at the place where a particular world began. Hear and see the stories of six locomotives and their contributions to history. See their beauty, experience their strength, and feel all of it come together in knowledge, inspiration, and emotion. Whether you love trains, history, innovation, or are just looking to escape the busy world for a bit, your time will be well spent here. This film makes for an unforgettable gift as well.

* 25% of every purchase provides important funding to the B&O Railroad Museum’s locomotive and car restoration shop 

Six Locomotives, Their Makings and Their Mark on America, on the World.

In many ways, the railroad is considered the world’s first internet: connecting people and communities, commerce and collaborations, ideas and opportunities in ways that were unimaginable prior to its existence. This documentary spans 150 fascinating years of history, technology, and innovation. It shows and tells the stories of six engines and their purpose, design, and impact on America’s development as well as its influence on the rest of the world. The stories in persistence and problem solving, invention and innovation, adaptation and consequence are as relevant in the 21st century as they were in the 19th century. This documentary is for the curious, the interested, the learner, and the teacher. It is just as much for those who are interested in history or possibilities as it is for the enthusiast and hobbyist. It is for all of us who hear a train whistle and are transported back to a childhood memory, or are looking to remember one.

This DVD showcases six locomotives from the B&O Railroad Museum:

York. 1927 replica of 1831 locomotive. Influenced steam engines into 20th c.

B&O #57 Memnon. 1848, nicknamed “Old War Horse” for its role in the Civil War.

B&O #600 JC Davis. 1875, epitome of Victorian locomotive design.

CNJ #1000. 1925, first successful diesel locomotive used in mainline service.

C&O #1604. 1941, one of two in existence, the most powerful steam locomotive ever built.

B&O 3802. 1967, Chessie System Railway; GP-38 engine named “The All-American Diesel” by Trains Magazine.

 

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