B&O publicity film.

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B&O publicity film.

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Re: B&O publicity film.

Postby ExCon90 » Tue Jul 14, 2015 3:48 pm

1940 was really "back in the day" -- it looks like the guy buying the ticket right at the beginning slides a 5-dollar bill across the counter and gets back some paper money in change; I don't suppose $5 would get you to Silver Spring today. (You could still get to the station by streetcar, too.)
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Postby mmi16 » Tue Jul 14, 2015 11:16 pm

philipmartin wrote:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pV3Ydb1yazg&list=PLA918C1835C47A772&index=13


Notice that the Mail Clerks are carrying side arms.
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Postby Gilbert B Norman » Wed Dec 14, 2016 8:37 am

Well Mr. Martin, I guess Dr. Goebbels had a "gig" with the B&O in addition to his "day job" with "Shickelgruber".

Funny how "Mr. Schroeder" operated the train through the night to destination; also funny how even during the 1940's, railroads saw little need for the Fireman on Diesel locomotives, referring to the second man on the engine as the Attendant. Also funny how craft lines were X'd when the Attendant was working on the engine while still at the initial terminal.

But still an enjoyable watch.
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Postby ExCon90 » Wed Dec 14, 2016 4:51 pm

... especially the left-hand running beginning at 8:19, no doubt shot from the obs and reversed for projection. And despite the tweaking, a priceless record of what things were like at that time.
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Postby mmi16 » Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:24 pm

Gilbert B Norman wrote:Well Mr. Martin, I guess Dr. Goebbels had a "gig" with the B&O in addition to his "day job" with "Shickelgruber".

Funny how "Mr. Schroeder" operated the train through the night to destination; also funny how even during the 1940's, railroads saw little need for the Fireman on Diesel locomotives, referring to the second man on the engine as the Attendant. Also funny how craft lines were X'd when the Attendant was working on the engine while still at the initial terminal.

But still an enjoyable watch.


In that era, the B&O did place 'Mechanical Attendants' on the diesel runs. They were mechanical department employees and charged with the responsibility of keeping the diesel-electric locomotives operating through most any failure. During this period I seem to recall B&O/EMC making advertisements touting 99% availability and identified one particular locomotive that made every trip for more than one year.
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