in-the-news‎ > ‎

February 19, 2010 Meeting

posted Mar 9, 2010, 6:16 PM by James Lilly   [ updated Apr 8, 2010, 6:55 PM ]

Making of the Film "Travel a Legend: Pullman Dover Harbor"

On February 19 the Washington, D.C. Chapter NRHS (DCNRHS) premiered a new promotional video of the Dover Harbor, DCNRHS' grande restored 1923 sleeper-lounge-buffet Pullman. The professionally edited, directed, and filmed endeavor begins with a brief look at Pullman travel and service during the 1930's and then fast forwards to modern day and the Dover Harbor experience.
The Art Deco Society of Washington, D.C. a former Pullman Porter, DCNRHS members, passengers, and others came together along with our production staff to provide the supporting cast, but of course the star of the show is Dover Harbor.  It is notable that the production was entirely volunteer with all professional production services donated to DCNRHS.
DCNRHS President Jim Lilly said "This is an amazing effort and the culmination of nearly a year's worth of work by about 50 people, 12 different camera set ups over six different filming days, and many days of preparation and editing.  One of the most amazing scenes is the one where the Capitol Limited rolls by with Dover Harbor bringing up the markers. The scene was filmed by one of our camera men who is riding in the back of a pick-up truck on a bumpy dirt road parallel to the tracks.  The train rolled by at 60 miles per hour in the blink of an eye, but through the magic of slow motion video and the professionalism of our crew the train glides by at a leisurely pace in the final cut.
Lilly continued "August 15, 2009 looked like Hollywood East at Dover Park, our siding where we keep the car in Maryland. Huge camera trucks, lights, cameras, power cords, people in period costumes, props, caterers, and production staff all present.  People came from as far as Chicago to help out. That day we shot interior scenes, some representing 1934, some present day.  Most people think our 1930's scenes were shot 70 years ago!  It was really fun."
DCNRHS premiered the video at its monthly membership meeting at the restored B&O Passenger Station in Silver Spring, Maryland, a fitting location - Dover Harbor was stored there many years and once appeared in the movie "Winds of War" at this location.  The premiere included a presentation on making of the film, including out takes and still photos documenting the production process. 1930's refreshments from Pullman recipes were served by DCNRHS members dressed in Pullman uniforms.
To see the video, visit - the video is featured prominently on the main page. To order a copy of this five minute nostalgic production, send a check for $14.00 to "DCNRHS DVD Order, P. O. Box 230, Savage, MD 20763."
DCNRHS operates the Dover Harbor as a living, rolling example of rail travel from the 1930's with public trips ( to destinations across America. These trips are designed to immerse guests in the nostalgia of the golden age of rail travel.  Dover Harbor is also available for charters anywhere in the Amtrak system.

February 19 Film Premiere