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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.

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The South Shore Line

Holiday Highlights

These titles and ALL DVDs on the site are part of the holiday special

The South Shore Line


The South Shore Line


Follow The South Shore Line through the years with exceptional films: 1965, Myron Weber films passenger trains; 1956-58, Frank Pfuhler films Little Joe's and more; 1981, more Little Joe's; 1992, Silver South Shore cars.



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See the marvelous "Little Joes":

One of the largest electric engines ever built, the “Little Joes” were part of a 1946 order destined for Russia. Due to cold war politics they were never delivered, but the nickname referring to Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, stuck. Eventually, the South Shore Line acquired three, and the Milwaukee Road, the seventeen remaining.

These engines developed more than 5000 horsepower and were geared for 70 miles an hour. Their immense weight and length—almost 90 feet—made them difficult to maneuver on tight curvatures and restricted turns, but the Little Joes were fast. They accelerated much faster than diesels and could duck through sidings quickly enough to allow for a steady parade of passenger trains without interruption.

It’s true what they say about your tapes, truly railroad enthusiast quality- the best I’ve seen yet. The photographic clarity and the generous historical background of the three Chicago area interurban tapes is more than I expected.
— George Vasquez, Oxnard, CA

1965 Myron Weber traces the South Shore in both summer and winter. Through rain, shine and snow he records the banshee moan of the passenger trains rocketing at record-breaking speed through the dunes, by the grain elevators and past the steel mills.

1981 Through streets and grain fields passenger trains race east to South Bend and west again, leaving high-speed traffic on the parallel Indiana Tollway in the dust. Bright orange “Little Joe’s” methodically work the freight and sidings.

1956-58 Frank Pfuhler documents the orange and maroon Pullman-built “battleships” from the original terminus in downtown South Bend all the way to Randolph St. in Chicago; screaming across the swells of the Illinois Prairie in dashing interurban style. Plenty of 6000 horsepower "Little Joe's" and many ex-New York Central R-2's.

1992 Silver South Shore cars make the trip on the new airport connection.

54 minutes