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THE Post-modern Vision of Hell

posted by Engineman Wook

Languid, sceptical, a sublime post-modernist & apostle of relentless relativism in all things, the Londoner of to-day is the type of urbane & abstract Terrene man at his apotheosis & on the eve of his destruction:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abAoXEj1544#t=223

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[17 November 2013]

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Pacific 231

posté par Engineman Wook

'Pacific 231', par Honegger -- 083113

Stanley Kubrick est censé avoir dit qu’il considérait cette dix minutes de film français impressionniste, basé sur un mouvement symphonique d’Arthur Honegger, d’être parmi des plus parfaitement édité:

Pacific 231, par Jean Mitry (1949):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bw-DukkgAmk

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[31 Août 2013]

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De la Plaque de Pied…Paris.Havre.New York -- 083113

posté par Engineman Wook

De la plaque de pied, la meilleure séquence dans cinéma de la fin du moderne de fonctionnement de la locomotive à vapeur:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kebDLQgbhKc

Trajet Paris – Le Havre par le rail en 1938 reconstitué à partir d’extraits du film de Jean (more…)

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GN 2048 R-2 class 2-8-8-2 -- 063013STEAM TRAINS – U.S.A:  GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY Documentary Online

 

 

 

posted by Preserved Wook

 

[The photograph is from http://www.gngoat.org/gn_archives.htm and it shows Great Northern Railway 2048 R-2 class 2-8-8-2 simple articulated steam locomotive, East slope, Continental Divide, MT — Henry Griffiths photo]

STEAM TRAINS – U.S.A:  GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY #1 covers operations in MN, from Sioux Falls to Kelly Lake, Duluth & Superior on the Iron Range & West to Minot:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3nZPy1QZ-Y

STEAM TRAINS – U.S.A:  GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY #2 includes Anthony DeRosa 8 mm footage from over thirty years; it starts out with the first diesels on the Great Northern:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhPaBAz2e0c

STEAM TRAINS – U.S.A:  GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY #3 covers steam locomotive operations mainly in the West, beginning with yard switchers & finishing with the line’s massive 2-8-8-2s:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUe12MsfsmM

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[30 June 2013]

 

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by Engineman Wook

*****

[with a tip of the “Down East” tile to Oz Pete, Down Under!]

*****

This is a 1974 documentary about steam railroading from Australia; it is a cut above most of the here-and-now footage of vintage steam being operated today.  Most postcontemporary footage, for instance of UP Challeneger 3985, shows mainly WalMart postmodern people with no real technical knowledge, oohing and aahing along the right of way and fidgeting with their digital cameras.  One suspects in not a few cases, of course, that these “heartland folks” are just fresh from making naked movies of themselves in bed with each others spouses after church, for YouPorn.  Or something.

This Australian Film Board movie, however, features actual trainmen, it is the real thing and it shows, especially interesting to me and first of all in the bloody morning (!), the impression of an ashmonkey actually firing the girl up.  The locomotive is an ALCo designed 4-6-2, with New South Wales RY tweaks. 

Part one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j27iDy0KJa8

And two:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35Js_tB2ZDs&NR=1

OZ Pete, an oldtime NSW railyman and who sent me these links for Xmas, last year, says that the part II safeworking bit is exactly how it was done.  In aid of all that, once you log on, you can (more…)

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posted by Engineman Wook

Columbus Railroads.com is a detailed regional rail history site down there in Ohio:

http://www.columbusrailroads.com/index.htm

They also have a “Sights & Sounds” category:

http://www.columbusrailroads.com/sounds.htm

The one that catches my ear is “PRR J1a 6410 and Santa Fe 5035 at Bellevue, Ohio”:

http://www.columbusrailroads.com/6419%20&%205035.htm

In it you can hear and compare both the PRR’s own 2-10-4 J1 and the PRR-leased AT&SF 2-10-4 5000-class as they each pass by (more…)

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by Engineman Wook

(With a tip of the wookean lid & striped engineman’s cap to Doc Z, up there at the VoTech in Indian-draped & accursed Old Mankato, MN!  EW)

As gothpapa says in his voiceover to this interesting video made by him from home movies made by his father, of the Chcago Railroad Fair more than sixty years ago, it was the swansong of the American railroad:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkIm9yOt9nU

The 1948-49 Chicago Railroad Fair…

…was supposed to herald a great new breakthrough era in North American railroading. 
     With the benefit of hindsight, of course, we now know that the US railroad, especially, was just about to go straight to Hell! 
     It was because of the huge increase after WW II of car sales, and the “Eisenhowser” Interstate Highway legislation of the 1950s.  The excuse for the later was “defense”, and this lingo in turn was a cover for government subsidy of the new focus in American industry.  The American railroads it must be remembered had long suckled at the federal nipple of prebendary subsidence and theft.  Now they were about to be cut off from the graft, O-U-T.
     This post-war market shift is also just how Tee Vee sales in the same period wrecked the American movie, except in the porn-o and Sam Peckinpah slow-motion-violence thriller genres. 
     The pleasures of American cinema and travel in America both were now completely, well, derailed.
     But we do have the rich and wonderful archive of all the memories of our Old Atlantic western greatness…and so — in our Absolute Knowledge, after all, we do have no doubt of this — one day steam locomotives will boil, rumble and thunder over the land again.

Thank you, gothpapa, for reminding us all of this.

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[15 December 2010]

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