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Brill Bullets and Red Arrow Lines
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Brill Bullets and Red Arrow Lines Sunday River Productions DVD-BB
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Frank Pfuhler captured Philadelphia's Interurban transit lines in their prime in 1955. His beautifully photographed, razor sharp images have frozen for history what was, at the time, one of the best managed and most successful traction empires in the nation.

West of Philadelphia, across the Schuylkill River, lay a number of residential areas closely linked to the city by the Red Arrow high speed electric lines. In many places the routes traversed what was then almost rural country-side.

The Sharon Hill, the Media, and Ardmore lines are covered in detail as the big red cars depart the 69th street terminal and ramble west from the city across the fields and thru the woods.

The second half of this footage depicts the high speed, third rail line between Philadelphia and Norristown - the home of the celebrated Brill Bullets. You will see the original Strafford line cars in action. You'll have complete coverage of the entire main line between 69th street and Norristown with the authentic whine and all the characteristic ambiance that only a Brill Bullet could create.

Ten inches of light powder has fallen during the night and now a brilliant February day awaits the photographer on the Media, the Darby and the Brill Line to Norristown. Around Yeadon loop the brush car tries to clear a path and has to back out. Several Brill Bullets are shown at high speed enveloped in swirls of blowing snow. 52 minutes

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Runtime:52 Mins ($0.52/min)
Producer:Sunday River Productions
Aspect Ratio:Full Screen
Shrink Wrapped?:NO!
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:1 US & Canada NTSC

  • This producer chooses not to shrinkwrap most of their products. All the products we sell are brand new direct from the producer. We never sell used or second-hand products.
Brill Bullets and Red Arrow Lines
Tom Leonard (Upper Darby, PA) on 2011-09-01 15:44:53.

People who found this review helpful: 3

  •  4 of 5

Having riden on and grown up around the Red Arrow, I was very interested in this local history DVD. I very much like the VHS video and when I saw a DVD version with razor sharp images I just had to have it. I only wish that when they stopped at a station, the cameraman has panned his surroundings so I could know his exact location. Great to see the classic cars at the sidings. Wish he had more footage of the Sharon Hill and Ardmore line showing going up West Chester Pike from 69th Street thru Brookline area and Clifton Heights. It was like a little time travel back to childhood days. Great image and color for this restored 1955 film.

Additional remarks by Tom Leonard:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Good Value
Recommend to others? Definitely.

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