Here's a bit more specific info on D.C. streetcar videos:
Mark I Video has two videotapes that include traction operations in and around, among other cities. These are: "Nostalgic Trolley Tour - The Southern States," Vols. 1 and 2. Vol.1 includes a tour of the Cabin John line and a few other DC views, plus some H&F and a very rare sequence of electric operations on the Washington & Old Dominion. Vol. 2 is heavy on H&F and Baltimore & Annapolis. Both are 30 minutes. All are professionally produced and, cosidering the time they were made, quite high quality.
I don't know if Mark I has a web site, but the address & phone are: P.O.Box 404, New Milford, NJ 07646; 1-800-66MARK1.
As I mentioned earlier, Transit Gloria Mundi has announced a comprehensive DVD titled "Raleigh D'Adamo's Washington Street which, according to the flyer, totals about two hours of high-quality footage shot on all lines that were operating between 1956 and 1961. Past TGM productions have been very professionally produced, following each line in sequence, with narration and "you are here" maps. I haven't seen it yet, but definitely plan to get it.
TGM has a web site (www.transitgloriamundi.com
) but it's out of date. The e-mail address is: [email protected]
; phone 1-800-428-7003.
Last and least, there's a videotape titled "Streetcars in the Capital," produced by Rail Tapes, 2570 Colvin Hill, VT 05739-9591, tape #VE-90. This is much more amateurish than the two outfits above. Quality ranges from pretty good to godawful, with most of the sequences somewhere in between. There's some rare footage of the Benning line, which died in 1949 before most photographers recorded it. It's somewhat frustrating to watch, because the sequences are in higgledy-piggledy order, with no identicication as to locations. If you know Wasjhington, they're mostly easy to spot, however.
Assuming you're in the DC-Baltimore area, you might try the Baltimore Streetcar Museum shop. They try to keep up to date on any videos covering this area and the East Coast in general.