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read this column for information about rail dining, we close with a one-minute film shot by Thomas Edison for the Southern Pacific Railroad entitled Sunset Limited (1898) This very early promotional film shows two sections of the train meeting at a passing siding on a single track main line some- where between New Orleans and San Fran- cisco. The first section, hauled by a pair of 4-6-0s, passes the camera as passengers, who had to be society’s upper crust, and crew alike behave like children, mugging for the camera, gesturing wildly as they hang out windows and off vestibules. Immediate- ly, the similarly-powered opposing train emerges from the passing siding, and the film ends with the dining car crew saluting viewers from the last vestibule. In addition to the DVD’s, Treasures 5 in-


cludes the aforementioned 110 page Pro- gram Notes, by NFPF Curator Scott Sim- mon, that introduces the project, describes where the films came from and how they were restored, and details how the musical scores were created. Individual chapters then provide production notes, a commen- tary on each film’s place in history, and sources for additional reading. On the DVD’s, each selection’s options include “Play Film,” “Play with Commentary” — the voice-over lectures by appropriate authori- ties, and “About the Film,” which duplicates the text in the Program Notes, but with links to still shots of selected movie frames. Some films have additional options to fur- ther enhance your enjoyment. The set is available from Image Enter- tainment (http://tinyurl.com/3glvrky) for $59.98 (plus shipping and handling). See The Lonedale Operator (1911), a 17-minute D. W. Griffith film written by Mack Sennett, from an earlier Treasures collection, at http://tinyurl.com/6l89sjc.


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A Last Look Back 1974-2010


By R. C. Farewell


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his spectacular volume relives the


past 36 years of Rio Grande’s presence with 280 pages and more than 400 color photos. Visit fabled Tennessee Pass, the storied Moff at, and sites like the Utah desert and Ruby Canyon. More than a dozen charts and maps that will bring the Rio Grande to life. A last look back at the Rio Grande, a railroad never to be forgotten.


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