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A Switchback Railway 1898

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. It is arguable that the filmmaker, R.W. Paul missed a trick by not placing the camera inside one of the moving cars to simulate the ride from passenger’s perspective, although he might have had difficulty keeping the camera steady. Nonetheless, the film 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. Thank you for watching

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