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World Class Trains: The Blue Train of South Africa

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The Blue Train first ran in 1946 but, like South Africa itself, has had to change and make the journey into the modern world. All the best elements have been retained however; the standard of accommodation and service, like the breathtaking and varied scenery, are unsurpassed anywhere in the world.
DVD
2004; 1999
Clemons (Stacks)
19.

Flight of the Century [Videorecording]: Presented by the New York Central Lines

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As the link between Chicago and the East Coast, the viewer sees the Century as it first appeared in 1833 reaching the speed of 17 miles per hour and its development into a modern train of the 30's with air conditioning, food service and sleeping accommodations.
VHS
1900; 1987
Ivy (By Request)
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The Grandest Enterprise Under God

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"Explores the building of the Pacific railroad. Stretching from Omaha to Sacramento, this incredible feat of engineering and hubris utterly transformed the lands it connected -- previously remote prairies, suddenly there for the taking, attracted peasant farmers who began to plant wheat; cattle ranchers transported their vast herds to markets in the east; swaggering buffalo hunters pillaged native lands; Abilene, Wichita, and Dodge became boom towns. Furthermore, thanks to the increased pace of commerce and the easy accessibility between coasts, the United States became a real contender for world power. Specific topics in this volume include: the politics of funding and commissioning the railroad project, the recruitment of Chinese labor and the appalling death toll, Charles Goodnigh [...]
Online
1996