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REAL RAILROADING! The world’s oldest and largest source for historic railroad videos.

Classic train DVDs produced from original historic railroad film. Sunday River’s historic rail videos are produced and edited in house. Where necessary, accurate sound has been added for realistic effect. Scrupulous historic research, brings you trackside in eras long gone by. Sunday River’s classic train DVDs are known world wide as the most comprehensive and authoritative available.

View our catalog by clicking on the historic railroad video categories. Our extensive classic rail catalog is being re-mastered on DVD so that access to these treasured train journeys will not be lost. We carry a full range of historic rail and even a “must-have” model railroad DVD. 

We hold ourselves to the tradition of excellence that was established by founder Alva Morrison, a passionate train enthusiast who researched and narrated the films – and occasionally rode the rails with the camera himself. We eagerly solicit your comments. If what you receive from us isn't better than expected, send it back for full refund or exchange. 

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South African Garratts

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South African Garratts


South African Garratts


Working Garratts—from the Monster GMAs to the diminutive 2-foot “Toy” Garratts—appear just as they were in the early seventies. 

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Here is the GCA, cliff hanging from ocean shore at Mossell Bay and steaming up to the lofty summit of Montagu Pass. On the Greytown line, double-headed GMA's thunder around the 3 1/2% grade on the balloon curve at City View. As they beat their way up Donnybrook, they are almost swallowed in the huge hidden horseshoe at Inglenook. We even see the blue Garratt.

Just as it actually was. No promotional stuff, no fan trips, no talking heads. Good Maps, but no tiddledy graphics. Just Garratts, dozen and dozens of Garratts, many double headed, with their sleeves rolled up, tending to real business in real mountains. And all gorgeously photographed in the low laser sharp light of South African winter.

Double-headed two foot gauge Garratts climb from the shore of Umzinto to Ixopo, high in the Drakenburg mountains. In the crystal light of dawn a mixed train is followed over the mountains, length of the legendary Madonela Branch.

37 minutes