Film, Video A romance of the rail /

Format Film, Video
Dates 1903
Location Blue Ridge Mountains
Delaware Water Gap
New Jersey
United States
Language English
Subjects Blue Ridge Mountains
Clothing and Dress
Delaware Water Gap (N.J. and Pa.)
Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Company
Description and Travel
Railroad Stations
Railroad Travel
United States
A romance of the rail /
From Edison films catalog: A series of railroad scenes of novel and amusing interest. It opens with a view of an imposing station showing a pretty girl, dressed in white, seated on a trunk awaiting the arrival of her train. A young man approaches, also dressed in white, and the two immediately fall in love. The Lackawanna Limited then rolls into the station and the Pullman porter helps the couple aboard. As the Limited pulls out the pair are seen on the observation platform waving adieu to their friends. The picture later shows the train rushing sixty miles an hour through the famous Delaware Water Gap in the Blue Ridge Mountains, with the young couple enjoying the passing scenery. As Delaware Water Gap station is reached a porter appears with his brush, but the young people protest that the journey has been so free from dust that there is no need for his services. The climax comes when the young man, who has become more and more infatuated, secures a minister and the marriage ceremony takes place on the rear platform. The picture shows them leaving the train on arrival at the Gap, and a little humor is added at the end by the appearance of two tramps from beneath the trucks of the observation car dressed in full evening clothes, who become indignant at the offer of the porter to brush them off, as their trip has been entirely free from soot and dust. The series is full of snappy train scenes and is certain to provoke a laugh. Length 275 feet. Class B. Price $33.00.
Created / Published
United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1903.
Subject Headings
-  Railroad travel--United States--Drama
-  Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Company--Drama
-  Railroads--United States--Drama
-  Courtship--United States--Drama
-  Marriage--United States--Drama
-  Blue Ridge Mountains--Description and travel
-  Railroad stations--United States--Drama
-  Delaware Water Gap (N.J. and Pa.)--Drama
-  Mountains--United States
-  Soot--Drama
-  Porters--United States--Drama
-  Tramps--United States--Drama
-  Clothing and dress--Drama
-  H36500 U.S. Copyright Office
-  Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 3Oct1903; H36500.
-  Duration: 4:27 at 16 fps.
-  According to Edison film historian C. Musser, this film parodies an advertising campaign developed by the Lackawanna Railroad to counter its reputation as the "Road of Anthracite" coal carrier. The campaign featured passenger Phoebe Snow, dressed in white, who rode the rails and praised the line's cleanliness with such slogans as: "Says Phoebe Snow, about to go upon a trip to Buffalo: 'My gown stays white from morn till night upon the Road of Anthracite.'"
-  Filmed in August 1903, along the Lackawanna Railroad.
-  Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Before the nickelodeon, 1991, p. 263-64; Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures, 1985; Edison films catalog, no. 185, October supplement 1903, p. 7 [MI].
-  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
1 reel of 1 (ca. 275 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print.
1 roll of 1 (ca. 275 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos.
Call Number
FEB 9429 (ref print)
LC 2174 (paper pos)
Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D. C. 20540 USA dcu
Digital Id
edmp 2174
Library of Congress Catalog Number

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