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New York Elevateds by Sunday River
 3.5 of 5 (2)

New York Elevateds by Sunday River Sunday River Productions DVD-NYEL
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Winter & Summer in the Mid-Fifties

by Frank Pfuhler Jr. & Ronald Schliessman

Two great rail photographers combine their talents and exhaustive research to bring the elevated trains of days gone by to your living room. With every run past identified by map, the film captures as many as possible of the antique cars in operation before the reequipping of rolling stock in the 1950s. The film features gate cars-many built in 1904 and 1905-and glimpses of what was then considered modern: the R12, R14, R15 and the Worlds Fair Blue Bird specials of 1964-65.

Detailed coverage includes such oddities as the Polo Grounds Shuttle, the Dyre Ave line from rags to riches, and conversion of the Myrtle Ave from elevated to subway, as well as crossing gates still at work. In addition to many routine snow scenes, full blown blizzards on the Flushing, Myrtle Ave and Brighton Beach lines are shown.

THE BRONX Pelham Bay Jerome Ave Polo Grounds Shuttle Third Ave White Plains Dyre Ave Putnam Div-NY Central

BROOKLYN & QUEENS Myrtle Ave Brighton Beach Fulton St Flushing Canarsie BMT-Bway

STATEN ISLAND Staten Island Rapid Transit

NEWARK Hudson & Manhattan Tubes Newark City Subway

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Runtime:54 Mins ($0.67/min)
Producer:Sunday River Productions
Aspect Ratio:Full Screen
Shrink Wrapped?:NO!
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:1 US & Canada NTSC

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New York Elevateds by Sunday River
joegwhelan on 2010-01-09 22:06:18.

  •  3 of 5

From a old timer who grew up in NYC and a "train fanatic, it was a great show.

Additional remarks by joegwhelan:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? I doubt it.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value:: Fair.
Recommend to others? Yes.

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New York Elevateds by Sunday River
Jeffrey Ornstein on 2009-05-28 20:58:57.

  •  4 of 5

Despite the size and complexity of the New York City Transit System, there remains only a limited number of videos out there about New York's massive system. Sunday River's transfer of New York Elevateds to DVD provides a valuable new addition.
This program looks at many of the NYCTA's outdoor segments in The Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island, as well as the Newark Subway and the H&M (PATH)system. The program goes borough by borough, starting in The Bronx. We see Many Low-V's during the transition to the new post-war types of cars such as the R-12/14, R-15, R-17 and R-21/22. Many of them are seen in either the bright red paint scheme or painted all-black. We then go to Queens where we see the Flushing line and a glimpse of the "bluebird" scheme of the R-33/36 cars built for the World's Fair of 1964. It's then on to the Fulton and Myrtle Els in Brooklyn to see the open gate cars and C-types. BMT Standards on the Brighton Line in the snow are also given coverage. We also see R-27/30's (or was that an R-16?) headed towards Williamsburg. The tour takes us to Staten Island where we see the 1925 BMT-type cars built for the anticipated but never completed link to Brooklyn. The Staten Island footage I especially enjoyed, as this is a very rare look at these cars rolling through the Richmond County countryside. It's then on to the H&M where we see early "owl-eyed" rolling stock and then we end with the PCC's on the Newark Subway. Included in the video is a look at the Brooklyn Trolleybuses of the late 50's. If you are interested in the history of the New York system, or New York history in general, it's a worthwhile program, especially if you can get it at the current sale price. The only criticism I have is that the dubbed sounds are not all that accurate for the subway trains shown, and maybe some more music could have been added to the program. But if you are an NYCTA fan, it's definitely a decent investment.

Additional remarks by Jeffrey Ornstein:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? I doubt it.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value:: Fair.
Recommend to others? Not unless they REALLY were interested in the subject matter.

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