The Big Train
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"The Big Train"
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and other classic 1950s and 60s publicity reels from the New York Central Railroad. Lots of footage of trains, railroad infrastructure, well-dressed office minions, teletypes, punchcard machines, men in white lab coats, bubbling beakers, and even an "atomic signal light."
The reels were produced as the NYCRR was campaigning for rail deregulation and market-based freight pricing, a change that was not particularly popular with manufacturing industry and the public. (That change eventually occurred in 1980
, but only after the Central was defunct.)
Introducing the first reel is Alfred E. Perlman
, then-Chairman of the New York Central. He had been brought in to revitalize the company in 1954, and assumed the chairmanship after the suicide of his sponsor and mentor Robert Young
. Despite this, Perlman spent the next decade modernizing the Central and attempting to keep it competitive with the growing threat of truck freight, and stayed on until the company's bankruptcy.
No word on what happened to the atomic signal light project.