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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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A train rounds a bend...
29 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

William Heise, the veteran cinematographer from the Edison Film Company's earliest years, and James H. White, the relative newcomer to Edison, both worked on this short. It was Edison's first attempt at the burgeoning train genre in silent film.

It starts with several men working on the track. In the distance you can see a train making its way towards the camera. As it approaches, the men step off of the track. You can feel the speed of the train as it takes the bend. On-lookers and the riders on the train wave flags towards each other. Though not as good as Lumiere's 'Arrivee d'un train', it is still one of Edison's better early shorts.


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