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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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Legendary Trolleys of Pittsburgh

Trolleys, Interurbans, Electrics

Fantastic traction that served the nation's urban centers, suburbs, and intercity travel.

Watch a video clip of these amazing scenes from the past

Legendary Trolleys of Pittsburgh

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Legendary Trolleys of Pittsburgh


Pittsburgh, with 41 Lines and almost 700 streamlined cars, was, despite a modest population, one of the largest traction empires anywhere in the world.

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Trolleys ran everywhere, almost like taxicabs. Scheduled and timed with precision, they dashed between isolated communities far beyond Pittsburgh itself to published timetables. The system used bridges spun like spider webs across the great rivers. It stormed the cliffs that confine Pittsburgh using 12% grades and specifically designed motor and electric brakes. It burrowed the mountains that make Pittsburgh such a scenic delight for its residents and a torment of endless honeycomb for track planners. Photographed when the system was at its zenith in 1958, in brilliant summer sunshine with razor sharp lenses by Frank Pfuhler. This feature has all the well known routes, many minor ones and includes a ride on one of the last inclined planes. Here they cheerfully carried carts, dogs, horses, people, cars and trucks almost vertically (71% grade) up the face of the cliffs. Johnstown, PA, another legendary system, was photographed at the same time and is shown with a touch of winter at the very end of this DVD.

49 minutes

The legendary trolleys of Pennsylvania and Johnstown is magnificent.
— R. Shepard, Pittsburgh, PA