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A Switchback Railway


"A Switchback Railway" is an 1898 British short black-and-white silent actuality film, directed by Robert W. Paul, featuring patrons riding on a switchback railway at a fairground. "This dynamically composed actuality," according to Micahael Brooke of BFI Screenonline, "was clearly a success, so much so that James Williamson and the Riley Brothers released their own switchback railway films only a few months later." It is included on the BFI DVD R.W. Paul: The Collected Films 1895-1908.

  • country: United Kingdom
  • language: Silent film
  • genre: Silent film
  • released in (117 years ago)

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Google previewThe Century Dictionary (1891)

An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney

Circular switchback railway, a switchback railway which is circular in plan: a form much employed at pleasure-resorts. II. n. 1. A railway for ascending or descending steep acclivities, in which a practicable 6117 grade is obtained by curving the ...

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