Streamliners: America's Lost Trains (2001)

Genres - History, Science & Technology  |   Sub-Genres - Vehicles & Transportation  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |  
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Synopsis by Rose of Sharon Winter

This video tells the story of the bright, but ephemeral day of the streamliner trains. So called because of their streamlined bodies and steel alloy materials, which made them light and fast, the streamliners burst onto the American scene in the 1930s. Railroad entrepreneur Ralph Budd produced and marketed the trains. The first streamliner, the Zephr, made its debut in 1934, traveling from Denver to Chicago in less than 15 hours. Starting as passenger trains, the streamliners also saw use during the war years to carry materials. These engineering marvels became victims of the affluent postwar years and the rise in popularity of the automobile. Archival film footage and personal recollections of workers and passengers recapture the glamour of the streamliner years.

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engineering, passenger, streamliners [trains], train [locomotive], traveling