The Lindbergh SpecialStep back in time to 1927,
when Charles Lindbergh accomplishes a “modern miracle” by crossing the
Atlantic Ocean by airplane in his renowned, non-stop solo flight.
Earning him the “Distinguished Flying Cross” award from President
Calvin Coolidge, the aviator’s daring feat was an important historical
event that stirred the adventurous hearts and imaginations of millions.
Many news agencies and movie companies captured the exciting event on
film, and all of them clamored to be the first to play their valuable
newsreel films in New York City’s theatres. Nearly all of the
undeveloped footage was rushed by airplane to New York City, except for
one … The International News Reel Company was convinced that the
225-mile journey to New York City could be reached faster by train
rather than by plane. They transported Lindbergh footage on a two-car
passenger train led by Pennsylvania steam locomotive #460, fittingly an
Atlantic-type 4-4-2 engine.
Purportedly hitting speeds of 115
miles per hour, the “Lindbergh Special” reached its destination in a
record-setting time of only 187 minutes. And amazingly, the development
of the film was completed before the train reached NYC, thanks to a
full staff of technicians and editors working quickly in a darkroom
built inside the baggage car! Within 15 minutes after arrival, the
footage was being played in theaters – beating all those that traveled
by plane by at least an hour.
Locomotive Road Number: 460
Gauge: Standard O
Dimensions: Length: 18 ½”
Minimum Curve: O-31
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