Old TV news story RE New Haven

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Old TV news story RE New Haven

TomCurtin
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Joined: 13 Jul 2017, 14:13

30 Sep 2017, 12:23 #1

Folks, I took the liberty of copying this item from the Metro North forum.  I haven't watched it (Watching films on my laptop screen isn't my idea of fun) but it look like it could be fun to see:

"A fascinating hour-long documentary that was just posted on YouTube. Tons of interesting footage from the New Haven's commuter operation, including lengthy interviews with commuters.

'Railroads: End of the Line?'

BY Chet Huntley | NBC News | 1961

Its interesting to contrast the NH operation of 1961 with the way the New Haven Line is operated by MN today. One clear difference - you can't jump on a train that's pulling out of the station anymore. (at 7:18 in the video)"

Tom
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kcur8722
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Joined: 30 Mar 2014, 18:59

30 Sep 2017, 13:56 #2

TomCurtin wrote: Folks, I took the liberty of copying this item from the Metro North forum.  I haven't watched it (Watching films on my laptop screen isn't my idea of fun) but it look like it could be fun to see:

"A fascinating hour-long documentary that was just posted on YouTube. Tons of interesting footage from the New Haven's commuter operation, including lengthy interviews with commuters.

'Railroads: End of the Line?'

BY Chet Huntley | NBC News | 1961

Its interesting to contrast the NH operation of 1961 with the way the New Haven Line is operated by MN today. One clear difference - you can't jump on a train that's pulling out of the station anymore. (at 7:18 in the video)"

Tom
Thanks for posting the video, Tom.  This was the last year the New Haven Railroad applied for bankruptcy, also.
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Ron High
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Joined: 06 Jun 2003, 20:08

30 Sep 2017, 14:34 #3

TomCurtin wrote: Folks, I took the liberty of copying this item from the Metro North forum.  I haven't watched it (Watching films on my laptop screen isn't my idea of fun) but it look like it could be fun to see:

"A fascinating hour-long documentary that was just posted on YouTube. Tons of interesting footage from the New Haven's commuter operation, including lengthy interviews with commuters.

'Railroads: End of the Line?'

BY Chet Huntley | NBC News | 1961

Its interesting to contrast the NH operation of 1961 with the way the New Haven Line is operated by MN today. One clear difference - you can't jump on a train that's pulling out of the station anymore. (at 7:18 in the video)"

Tom


Tom this is on a DVD offered by us on sale for 20.00. It also  has Riding the Maybrook which is a good look at NH steam and the new Alco FAs.
Ron If anyone is interested go to the Home page http://www.nhrhta.org/ click on the New Haven Railroad DVDs.
Ron High     
http://www.nhrhta.org/images/BLTB.GIF[/img] Riding The Maybrook Line/RAILROADS: End of the Line? – DVD $30.00 SALE $20.00
In 2005, The New Haven Historical and Technical Association, Inc, became aware of two rare 16mm motion picture films - "Riding The Maybrook Line" and "NBC White Paper - RAILROADS: End of the Line?" Through the kind auspices of noted motion picture film authority and archivist Mitchell Dakelman, both surviving 16mm prints were obtained and digitally re-mastered for the NHRHTA, Inc., using the finest digital video transfer and recording technology to preserve the inherent high-quality images in these films.
"Riding The Maybrook Line", produced by ALCO & GE as a 15-minute promotional film for the then-new Alco FA freight locomotives, is a remarkably well executed promotional film, produced by a Syracuse-based production company, in much the same spirit and flavor of that wonderful epic New Haven film, “A Great Railroad at Work.” The film not only documents the Alco/GE FA & FB locomotives on the Maybrook line, there are high-quality images of DL-109s in several paint schemes, and New Haven class I-4, I-5, L-1, R-1, R-3, J-1 and Y-4 steam locomotives circa 1947, all in vivid color. 15:00 length in Color.
The "NBC White Paper - RAILROADS: End of the Line?" was produced by NBC News in 1961 just months before the New Haven Railroad filed for it’s second and last bankruptcy. This 58:30-minute black & white program is an unusually well-presented documentary, hosted by NBC’s Chet Huntley, himself a rail fan and outspoken advocate for rail transportation, and delves into the issues and problems of passenger train service at that time. The film opens with a morning commuter run from New Haven to New York City with three long suffering commuters being interviewed along the way, and segues into a speech by the New Haven’s last President, George Alpert, before moving on to other railroads. 58:30 length in B&W.
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rfranzosa
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Joined: 17 Oct 2005, 10:55

30 Sep 2017, 21:00 #4

Well, I don't know what is sadder, the tenor of that documentary, or the fact that it was nearly 60 years ago!   The thought that kept coming back to me as I watched the section on the 20th Century Limited was, at least I had the opportunity to sit in a dining car with china, silver and a starched white tablecloth once in my life.   So many alive today will never have that opportunity, outside of a tourist line dinner train.  BTW: It was the Southern Crescent from DC to Atlanta in the mid 1970s, before SRR joined Amtrak.  EXCELLENT fried chicken.

Rick Franzosa
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rsullivan
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Joined: 14 Dec 2016, 20:36

30 Sep 2017, 21:53 #5

Mr. Franzosa. Since the rails between DC and Atlanta didn't pass through Corbin, Kentucky, I'm pretty sure you didn't have any of the original recipe from Col. Sanders. You probably had real pan-fried chicken, and not pressure cooker (fried) chicken.
Richard H. Sullivan, Jr.  member #3967
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Statkowski
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Joined: 05 Mar 2003, 09:39

30 Sep 2017, 22:04 #6

When I rode the Southern Crescent from Altanta to New York (circa 1970) we traveled in a drawing room (?).  It slept three, and had a shower (the only one in the country at the time).

Going to basic training in early 1967, I had a lower berth on The Palmland from Penn. Station to Columbia, S.C. (Fort Jackson).

Yes, too many today don't know how nice it was in a railroad-operated dining car, complete with Irish linen tablecloth, real china and pewterware.  And baked scrod on the New Haven.  Those were the days.
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rfranzosa
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Joined: 17 Oct 2005, 10:55

30 Sep 2017, 22:12 #7

Statkowski wrote: When I rode the Southern Crescent from Altanta to New York (circa 1970) we traveled in a drawing room (?).  It slept three, and had a shower (the only one in the country at the time).

Going to basic training in early 1967, I had a lower berth on The Palmland from Penn. Station to Columbia, S.C. (Fort Jackson).

Yes, too many today don't know how nice it was in a railroad-operated dining car, complete with Irish linen tablecloth, real china and pewterware.  And baked scrod on the New Haven.  Those were the days.
Ha, ironically, my daughter-in-law is headed to Fort Jackson in a couple of weeks for her next post.  Won't be taking the train, not an option these days.
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Statkowski
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30 Sep 2017, 22:45 #8

When being reassigned from the Azores (not a "normal" Army posting) to the Nevada Test Site (also not a "normal" Army posting), I first had to report to Kirtland AFB, Albuquerque, New Mexico.  As was my right (at the time), I insisted on First Class rail travel.  Can't remember if it was former New York Central or former Pennsylvania for the New York to Chicago leg (hey, it's been 45 years), but it was former Santa Fe from Chicago to Albuquerque.  Then it was Hughes Air West from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Las Vegas, Nevada.  Just to be able to say I did it, I had a beer for breakfast on the Super Chief crossing from Colorado to New Mexico.
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rfranzosa
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Joined: 17 Oct 2005, 10:55

30 Sep 2017, 23:04 #9

My first cross-country trip was Amtrak in 1976, National Limited to KC, then on to LA.  I tried the same approach, Bloody Mary for breakfast!  I was denied, but only for 20 minutes, had to wait until we crossed the state line between Kansas and Colorado.
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Mike Ribuffo
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Joined: 02 Dec 2008, 01:21

01 Oct 2017, 01:36 #10

TomCurtin wrote: Folks, I took the liberty of copying this item from the Metro North forum.  I haven't watched it (Watching films on my laptop screen isn't my idea of fun) but it look like it could be fun to see:

"A fascinating hour-long documentary that was just posted on YouTube. Tons of interesting footage from the New Haven's commuter operation, including lengthy interviews with commuters.

'Railroads: End of the Line?'

BY Chet Huntley | NBC News | 1961

Its interesting to contrast the NH operation of 1961 with the way the New Haven Line is operated by MN today. One clear difference - you can't jump on a train that's pulling out of the station anymore. (at 7:18 in the video)"

Tom

Around March 1965, I remember seeing a similar special on the New Haven's NY commuter service, which was in desperate straits at the time, and looking for government help.  One key scene showed a truck replacement being performed on an 8200 coach at the outdoor repair shed in New Haven, because the Railroad had no major passenger car shop.  I don't remember what network it was on, but it would be interesting to find.  
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