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Video excerpts from “To the Junction and Back”

These scenes are taken from filming on the Arcade & Attica Railroad in the summer of 2010. Please note that this is footage as shot during principal photography. Thus, either there is no narration, or the narration is the first rough cut in editing. The editing done during post-production turns this into a finished program.

The second clip, “Drifting Into Arcade”, looks pretty as is, but its actual purpose is to serve as the visual backdrop for a portion of the narration. In editing, the presenter's words are fitted around the audio from the scene.


“Arriving at Curriers” — The Arcade & Attica's nearly one hundred year old 2-8-0 steam locomotive, Nmbr 18, pulls a summer passenger excursion into the station at Curriers.

Today, steam locomotives seem quaint and cute, but they are still dangerous machines. On a previous passenger excursion, a high-pressure steam manifold inside the cab burst, discharging a deadly spray of very hot steam and water. The engineer and the fireman both escaped unhurt, but it could have been worse.

A great deal worse.

This engine has three domes on its top. The first and third hold dry sand that can be trickled down through pipes to improve traction on slippery rails. The middle one is the steam separator dome. This allows the steam bubbling up in the boiler to shed drops of liquid water before being piped to the driving cylinders.

“Drifting Into Arcade” — The echo is real; it's not reverb added in editing. This scene was shot in the shadow of the old Hummingbird Toy factory. They manufactured the yo-yo made famous by The Smothers Brothers. In fact, one of Dick Smothers' Hummingbird yo-yos is now in the Smithsonian's Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure collection.

“Soot on the Railroad” — Historian Jeff Mason discusses the disadvantage of living next door to a steam railroad. This sequence is an example of raw footage and audio not yet sent through the post-production process.

“Through the Woods” — Through the wilds of Wyoming County to Grandmother's house we go on the Arcade & Attica Railroad freight run to Reisdorf Mill. Over the years, weather and usage take a toll on railbed, and the rough and uneven track means a very low speed limit for trains.