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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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The Powhatan Arrow & J Class Steam

Norfolk & Western - 611 & More!

 N&W releases 611 Forever and Norfolk & Western Big Steam include never before seen steam footage from the 1940s and 50s. Norfolk & Western Big Steam features footage of Y Class (2-8-8-2) and A Class (2-6-6-4) engines. Check out the video clips. You'll have to brush the cinders off!

The Powhatan Arrow & J Class Steam


The Powhatan Arrow & J Class Steam


Norfolk & Western made the bullet-nose J Class engine as the era of steam was coming to a close. See these amazing precision engines in regular passenger service in the 1950s cruising at 60 MPH over some of the toughest grades in the East.

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The elegant streamlined “Powhatan Arrow” raced 680 mountain miles in 16 hours behind J Class 4-8-4 thoroughbreds: Norfolk to Cincinnati in a single day. Filmed from on board and at trackside, the DVD captures the real 611 working the Columbus Section of the Arrow on the Scioto Division plus many more streamlined Js on the Pocahontas, the Cavalier and the Pelican. Js meet and pass other Js and overtake Norfolk & Western’s stable of steam, the A and Y class articulateds: true railroad history!

The story of the J Class continues as N&W’s 611 is reborn into excursion and ambassador service in 1982. See the inaugural runs of the reconstructed 611 with a perfectly matched maroon consist almost identical to the “Powhatan Arrow” of history. Aerials show the famed Wells Viaduct and other great trestles. Ride with the mighty Js!

35 minutes

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