Danger Lights - 1930
The railroad depicted in this film is the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad, simply known as the Milwaukee Road. At its peak, around the time of this film, it operated over 11,000 miles of track in the upper Midwest and Northwest of the US.
Features rare footage of a tug of war between two steam locomotives, actual documentary footage of the activities in the Miles City yard, and what is believed to be the only motion picture footage of a dynamometer car from the steam railroad era.
Enough 1930 Chicago buildings have survived to make it possible to reconstruct the train's filmed entrance to Chicago, coming in from the west on Milwaukee Road tracks at ground level, and making a sweeping right turn to parallel the west side of the Chicago River on final approach southbound into Union Station, passing by the loading docks of the curving Braun Bottles building and the massive Seng Terminal Warehouse, now gone. Much of what was open-air track in 1930 is now covered by high-rises such as the Boeing building.