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Earle Baldwin

"Reflections of the New York Central" (Video)

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“Reflections of the New York Central” is a 54 minute survey of NYC’s operations during the period of 1928 to 1962. New York Central was well known for its premier passenger trains including the Empire State Express, 20th Century Limited and James Whitcomb Riley among many others. Powered by magnificent Hudsons, Niagaras and sleek diesel cab units, Central’s services were second to none. The railroad also provided efficient freight service courtesy of its many Mikados, Mohawks and newly acquired diesel units including the largest concentration of ALCo FA cab units on a single roster.


Through the use of professionally restored vintage film, New York Central’s operations are vividly illustrated. Members of Central’s famous steam roster are seen in action. Several pacing sequences featuring the mighty Niagara Class locomotives are included. We are treated to a cab ride aboard a J3a Hudson. One particularly exciting segment takes us trackside in the Buffalo, NY area to watch several steam powered trains scoop water on the fly at speed from track pans. By contrast, we see several older classes of steam locomotives meandering up and down light rail equipped rural branches. “Reflections of the New York Central” is the definitive video of New York Central during the steam to diesel transition period.


The program, a production of Herron Rail Services, is priced at $39.95 in either DVD or VHS format. Herron’s website is http://www.herronrail.com. I recommend its purchase highly.


Happy railroading,



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