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Fast Mail, Northern Pacific Railroad (1897)

"Here is a twelve car train dashing along at a high rate of speed. It is seen first in the distance and approaches and then passes by the camera. As it takes less than 30 seconds to show ... See full summary »

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James H. White
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"Here is a twelve car train dashing along at a high rate of speed. It is seen first in the distance and approaches and then passes by the camera. As it takes less than 30 seconds to show this 50 foot strip on a Projecting Kinetoscope, an idea may be formed of the speed of this pet train of the Northern Pacific Railway. The waving grass along the track side, the black smoke, and the clouds of dust that follow the train make very vivid effects." Written by Edison Catalog

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Documentary | Short

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

December 1897 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fast Mail, Northern Pacific R.R. See more »

Filming Locations:

near Portland, Oregon, USA

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Silent
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Northern Pacific Railroad
6 July 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Fast Mail, Northern Pacific R.R. (1897)

Edison short runs just under thirty-seconds and pretty much just shows a train going past a camera. The camera stays in one place as the train is shown passing but we also see several people standing by the tracks waving at the train as it goes by. This was part of the Northern Pacific Railroad Series, which was produced by Edison throughout the late 1890s. There's certainly nothing overly special about this film in terms of entertainment but it goes manage to be entertaining just so one can see certain things from this era. Of course there's the old time train but it's also fun seeing what the people were wearing at the time and the fact that they're all standing way too close to the tracks.


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