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Hannibal Victory: Railroad to the Philippines — Eight oil-fired U.S. Army Railroad 2-8-0 steam locomotives are transported by the Victory Ship “Hannibal” from San Francisco to the Philippines during World War II, along with their tenders and a cargo of trucks and car frames from which rolling stock will be assembled. The rail yards and wheel foundry in Hannibal, Mo., from which the vessel takes its name, are shown, and the locomotives get named for characters created by Hannibal’s most famous son, writer Mark Twain. The 55-ton locomotives, lashed to the deck for the voyage, are unloaded under fire in Lingayen Gulf. The trucks and car frames are unloaded and assembled in Manila, where they eventually join up with the locomotives. Included are USA RR locomotives 866, 867,869 and 875 (plus others whose numbers aren’t visible). Produced by the U.S. Maritime Commission in 1945. Color. 30 minutes. $19.95 plus $4.00 shipping.

DOUBLE FEATURE!: The Army Railroad — Official U.S. Army orientation film on Camp Claiborne, Louisiana, home of the 725th Railway Operating Battalion and center for training soldier-railroaders during World War II. See rolling stock assembled, boiler tubes installed, tires fired onto locomotive drivers, telegraphy and rules classes and trains made up in the yard. The highlight is a live-fire bombing run on the 50-mile rail line to Camp Polk, after which wrecker crews rush to the scene and rebuild the track while armed troops safeguard the perimeter. Featurues U.S. Army Railroad 2-8-0 No. 22, a diesel switch engine and railway motor cars. And stay turned for...
Derailment — With derailment of Axis trains an important tool in the war in Europe — along with prevention of Allied trains being derailed — the Office of Strategic Services conducted an experiment in derailment on the Camp Claiborne-Camp Polk railroad March 8-10, 1944. The result: it’s much harder to derail U.S. Army Railroad 2-8-0 No. 4 and its load of gondolas than you might think. B&W. 20 minutes. $19.95 plus $4.00 shipping.

The Alaska Railroad — Dedicated train crews fight snow and cold on America’s northernmost railroad in this official documentary produced by the United States Department of the Interior during the early 1950s. The Department of the Interior then owned and operated the railroad.
 F7A 1506, FP7 1510, FP7 1514 and other locomotives pull mixed freights, tank-car unit trains, passenger trains and other consists. A Jordan spreader blasts through snow drifts and moose stroll casually across the rails and into the path of the train.
 The Alaska Railroad today is owned by the State of Alaska. Recording record profits in recent years, it carries both a heavy cargo of freight and more than half-a-million passengers a year. Color. 14 minutes. $14.95 plus $4.00 shipping.

Men and Mail in Transit — This official orientation/training film for Railway Post Office workers documents the entire operation from the details of the equipment each man carried to setting up the mail care for handling the run. A senior RPO worker is followed through his preparations for a trip, and explaining the job to a new recruit. Included is a demonstration of how mail was kicked off and "hooped up" to non-stop trains at rural stations. The B&O, Santa Fe, Union Pacific, Rock Island and other railroads are seen in action. This film was produced by the U.S. Post Office in 1956. Black and White. 27 minutes. $19.95 plus $4.00 shipping.

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