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Black Diamond Express (1896)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Short | December 1896 (USA)
"Train is first seen rounding a curve nearly a mile away. Approaches at the rate of 70 miles an hour, blowing a warning whistle to a gang of track repairers."

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Benjamin F. Hardesty ... Himself
Charles Lee ... Himself
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The Black Diamond Express, the fastest train of the Lehigh Valley Railroad, speeds along the track, moving directly towards the camera. As it approaches, a group of workers along the tracks pull back from the rails. Some of them begin to wave at the train as it comes nearer. Written by Snow Leopard

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Fekete Gyémánt expressz  »

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Black Diamond Express is a fascinating piece of early cinema from Thomas Edison
18 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

Just watched this very brief depiction of a train coming as railroad workers striking on tracks start to leave as the locomotive comes nearer. At only 26 seconds, at least that was the length on Internet Archive, this was another fascinating document from the nineteenth century as captured on film from The Edison Company. Supposedly, many in the audience that were watching a moving picture for the first time also ran away as the train on the screen went toward them as had happened in France when a similar image was depicted earlier on screen as filmed diagonally by the Lumiere brothers. Well worth a look for anyone interested in early cinema.


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