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A giant bump up in quality, you will see much more of the original Film quality, sharpness, brightness, and color on this DVD Set!

The 16mm film on Volumes 2 thru 6 were scanned with a state of the art Frame by Frame film scanner in Full 1080i High Definition.
The Frame by Frame scanning gives you Zero film flicker, and a smooth almost 3 dimensional quality to the film. You also get very accurate True to Life original Color!

Penn Central Volume-1 was Up-converted to 1080i HD, Re-Mastered and Enhanced in HD from our Broadcast Digital Masters using Powerful State of the art Hardware!!


Penn Central Volume 1-Pt1
Starts prior to the merger of the Pennsylvania Railroad and New York Central System, with scenes near Valpariso, Indiana and Wayne, Michigan. After the Penn Central merger, the action centers near Detroit, Altoona, St. Louis, and random views from Michigan and Ohio locations. For most of 1968, the motive power was predominately the NYC and PRR image.

The PC herald was primarily sighted on the main lines of Pennsylvania and Ohio. While filming, more than one hundred trains appeared there, & only twenty-five units with the PC Herald. 82 Minutes

Penn Central Volume 1-Pt2
Displays the 1969 operations, starting with January action in Michigan and Ohio. In spring we visit Windsor, Canada and then progress through Buffalo, New York, followed by Pittsburgh and more of Ohio, and back to Michigan for more fall and winter action. Variety is enhanced with wreck train equipment and a steam train through Buffalo.
The Penn Central image was more evident, with sightings of more than one hundred trains. The count of the PC Heralds produced ninety-seven white worms. 81 Minutes

From the Camera of Emery Gulash -- From 16mm Color Film

Penn Central Volume 2
Action in this DVD covers the years 1971 and 1972. We’ll visit Chicago, Ohio and Michigan, including Detroit, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Niles, Toledo, Jackson, Carleton, and back to Chicago. Passenger and freight action abounds, as well as equipment still painted in New York Central colors and logos.

We’ll see the beginning of Amtrak’s take-over of passenger service: catch many “new” and old locos such as GP40-2’s, GE U25C’s, E-Units, Turbo Trains, Budd Rail cars, and more!  The Penn-Central also connects with other railroads such as the DT&I and the C&O.

If you love passenger service with name trains such as The Wolverine, The Lake Shore, The National Limited, freight action with cabooses and railroads such as the Pennsy, and the New York Central, you’ll love this DVD!

62 Minutes - From the Camera of Emery Gulash -- From 16mm Color Film

Penn Central Volume 3
Things were a little different on the Penn Central during every one of the eight years of its brief existence. By mid 1971, nearly all the locomotives of the predecessor Pennsylvania and New York Central railroads had been repainted into somber dark Brunswick green. The railroad was mired deeper and deeper in bankruptcy, as a new national rail passenger carrier, Amtrak, was starting to emerge from the dark shadows of the PC’s paint scheme following its launching on May 1st, 1971.

Emery Gulash had his movie camera's trained on the rail action. He starts with a series of scenes in America’s Railroad Capital, Chicago, as Amtrak and Penn Central trains burnish the rails in and out of Union Station.
The old Michigan Central depot at Detroit serves as an anchor for Emery, as he returns again and again from his travels to photograph trains at the formidable structure. Amtrak demonstrates its United Aircraft Turbo train at Niles and Kalamazoo. Toledo comes in for its share of pulsating train operations, as does Ypsilanti, Dearborn, Jackson, Chelsea, New Buffalo, Ann Arbor, Westland, and Delphi Mills, Michigan.

Our very full program winds up with scenes of two special passenger trains operated in November 1972 by the Chessie System for General Motors executives bound for a business conference in West Virginia. 75 Minutes

From the Camera of Emery Gulash -- From 16mm Color Film

Penn Central Volume 4
Hope springs eternal as the snowbanks melt every spring. There was not much hope on the Penn Central, deeply mired in a bottomless financial quagmire in the spring of 1973. Nobody knew at the time, but the then five year old railroad was at the midpoint in its bankruptcy...it had failed financially on June 21, 1970...on April 1,1976, it would be absorbed into Conrail.

Meanwhile, the railroad and its employees and officials were making the best of the situation...continuing as usual, despite adversity, to provide service across its sprawling system. Emery Gulash was track side with his movie camera's, recording the pulsating PC rail action during another difficult year.

You will see; Electrics, Amtrak trains, First generation Diesels, Passenger trains, DT&I Loco's, a Circus train, Freight trains and more! Locations include; Dearborn, South Junction Yard, Michigan, Romulus, Wayne Junction, Ann Arbor, Ohio, The Northeast Corridor and more... 63 Minutes

From the Camera of Emery Gulash -- From 16mm Color Film


Penn Central vol 5

The Penn Central was a railroad suspended in financial limbo when Emery Gulash shot these scenes in the mid-1970s. Bankrupt since 1970, the re-organization court had decided in May 1974 that, based on its income, the PC was not re-organizable. The future of the PC and a number of other bankrupt railroads in the Northeast was placed in the hands of a government agency, the United States Railway Association.

The middle of the decade was the worst of times for the PC. It may not have been the best of times for the trackside observers watching the Penn Central’s trains in action but the urgency was there to record on film all that they could before the curtain dropped on the large fleet of Brunswick Green locomotives, even as their appearance became a little shabbier.

The rail action on the PC was definitely dynamic. Eventually, Conrail picked up the pieces – but that is for the next program in our Penn Central series.

Locations include:

Ypsilanti, MI., Ann Arbor, MI., Huntingdon, PA., Juniata River Valley, Horseshoe Curve, Conemaugh Jct., Carleton, Town Line, Advance Departure Yard, River Raisin, Lima, OH., US RT-23 Bridges, Westland, MI., Mich. Central Depot, Kalamazoo, MI., Maumee River Bridge, Trenton, MI., Dearborn, MI., W. Detroit, Wayne Jct., and South Bend.

Equipment Includes:

GP-40s, GE U Boats, Alcos such as - C-636s & C-628, GP-35s, GP-38s, Budd Rail Diesel Car, SDP-40-Fs, E-units, Amtrak, French Turboliner, GP-9, F-40-PHs.

This production has Limited RR Sound FX with added 16mm Projector Sound and Narration. The Train Audio Sound FX on this production came from the Original Emery Gulash, Walt Sardinha Sound Library.

You can turn the Narration and Film Sound FX on and off...

From the Camera of Emery Gulash -- From 16mm Color Film
Approx. 73 Minutes
Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo


Penn Central Volume-6

Long after the Consolidated Rail Corporation, Conrail for short, absorbed the Penn Central and six other railroads in the Northeast on April 1, 1976, many locomotives continued to ply the rails in Brunswick Green paint, or in the paint schemes of the Erie Lackawanna, Reading, Lehigh Valley, or other roads.

Even as newly painted blue Conrail locomotives appeared here and there, the old power still held sway on the high iron, often with dark flanks after the Penn Central name had been painted over and with the “CR” initials stenciled on the nose where the interlocking PC emblem had once been.

Freight equipment went thorough a similar metamorphoses, as the newer cars were slowly repainted and the older rolling stock was replaced. This, then, is a very large railroad in transition, as Emery Gulash filmed the fading Penn Central giant during the late 1970s.

Locations include:
Junction Yard Branch in Detroit, Interstate 75 bridge, Altoona depot, Ypsilanti, MI., Ann Arbor, MI., Horseshoe Curve, Town Line, MI. Central Depot, Dearborn, MI., Detroit, Wayne Jct.

Equipment Includes:
GP-40s, Alco's, GP-38s, F-units, E-units, Amtrak, French Turboliner, GP-9, F-40-PHs.

This production has Limited RR Sound FX with added 16mm Projector Sound and Narration. The Train Audio Sound FX on this production came from the Original Emery Gulash, Walt Sardinha Sound Library.

From the Camera of Emery Gulash -- From 16mm Color Film
Approx. 43 Minutes
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround


Bonus Program--Pennsylvania RR

Beginning in the summer of 1952, Emery Gulash began capturing prolific amounts of activity on this well known railroad. Back in 1952 Emery did not realize that in a few years the railroad would merge with the New York Central and be called the Penn Central. This DVD covers the time frame from 1952 to 1969.

Follow Emery and his 16mm Bolex cameras as he records in beautiful color the end of steam and the transition to first generation diesels. You'll see Decapods, Baldwin Centipedes, and Sharks, 'F' units, early Geeps, GG-1's, Alco RS-3's, just to name a few.

Locations covered are: Tunnel Hill, Horseshoe Curve, Holidaysburg, Altoona, Fort Wayne, Wallbridge Yard, The 'Corridor' as well as many other 'hot spots'. You'll witness many of the Pennsy's name trains such as The Duquesne, The Pennsylvania Limited, The Broadway Limited...And we haven't forgotten you freight and electric fans either.

Approx. Run Time 62 Minutes


Note: All Penn Central DVDs in this set have been down-converted from our High Definition Video Masters, and will properly play on Wide-screen televisions as 16x9 and on 4x3 televisions as pan & scan!


Total Run Time Almost 9 Hours
Dolby Digital-2.0 Stereo & 5.1 Surround
4-Disc Set Includes Bonus program

Package-DVD-Penn Central (Collectors Package)

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