Hespeler Railway Station Rare Slides - Inside and Outside of the Station

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I found this slide presentation of the station and updated it. Sad to watch in some ways. From a historical prospective it is priceless. Click on Photo to Slide Link. Slide advances automatically every 15 seconds with music.


Forgotten Monorails of Canada by Paul Langan Paperback and E-Book Released

Forgotten Monorails of Canada Book Out Now!

The definitive history of monorails in Canada from 1896 to 2020. Fascinating national history on monorails in Canada. 

From Vancouver BC to Cavendish PEI, Canada has had 6 monorails that have been in operation in the past. Two monorails are still in operation. 

What makes this book unique is it also reviews all the monorail proposals that have been pitched over the years and there has been a lot of them. Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Niagara Falls, Toronto, Montreal are some of the cities that had studies done looking at monorail as a possible transit system. Montreal alone has had over 15 studies that included monorails as a possible option.

Did you know that demonstration lines were built in Fort Saskatchewan and Niagara Falls? Low-speed and High-speed monorails ideas have been pitched. You won't find this topic covered on Wikipedia or in a Google search.

Over 200 references. 132 pages, 55 images, 6"v9". b/w . Available on Kobo, Google Play and Amazon. for $5.41.  Print copies on Amazon are priced at $12.41 (can)

For more information contact Paul Langan through his http://paullangan.com website.

Future Denied - New Ambient Music Album Release by Paul Langan

Here is my latest Ambient Music album release for streaming and purchase. It is available on Reverb Nation now and on Spotify at the end of the month.

In case you do not know what Ambient Music is, here is the Wikipedia definition. 

Ambient music is a genre of music that emphasizes tone and atmosphere over traditional musical structure or rhythm. A form of instrumental music, it may lack net composition, beat, or structured melody.

Give it a listen!

Fatal Hour - 1931 Arthur Wontner Sherlock Holmes Film Restored by Jeff Joseph

Status of the Arthur Wontner Sherlock Holmes Movies


Thanks to  John Semper Jr. for letting me know that the Arthur Wontner Sherlock Holmes Fatal Hour (The Sleeping Cardinal 1931) has been restored. Jeff Joseph, long time film collector, historian has restored it. 

To learn more about Jeff check out his excellent book with Jeff Bartok on the interesting world of 16mm 35mm film collecting, "A Thousand Cuts".

Even better news is until Jeff can find a format to release it on, he has put Fatal Hour on Youtube. LINK.

Silver Blaze  (1937) Arthur Wontner Sherlock Movie restored by Philip Hopkins at Film Detective . It is available from Film Detective or you can watch it on Youtube. LINK

The Missing Rembrandt (1932)  based on "The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton - Still considered a LOST film for now.

The Sign of Four: Sherlock Holmes' Greatest Case (1932) - RESTORED by Ealing Studios, Network and Studio Canal. In the Ealing Studios Rarities Collection Volume 14. LINK to buy it on Amazon. You need All region DVD player.

The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes (1935), based on The Valley of Fear. Survives at BFI in 3 combined nitrate positives of varying length and quality. It was duplicated in 1985.Many poor qualities are available on dvd and youtube. Waiting for that movie to be restored.