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Title:1958 UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD FILM FRUITS & VEGETABLE FARMING & SHIPMENT to SUPERMARKET 67904
Duration:22:55
Viewed:20,210
Published:24-05-2020
Source:Youtube

Want to support this channel and help us preserve old films? Visit www.patreon.com/PeriscopeFilm Visit our website www.PeriscopeFilm.com This color educational film is about the fresh vegetables grown in the west and shipped to the rest of the country by Union Pacific Railroad. This is circa 1958 or 1959. Opening credits: Union Pacific Railroad presents FRESH FROM THE WEST (:11-1:03). Cars drive on the 101 Freeway. High rise buildings -- known as Park LaBrea in Los Angeles. People walk in downtown Los Angeles at Hill Street. A Ralph's supermarket is shown outside and inside. People push their shopping carts and look at fruits and vegetables. A man picks tomatoes in a field. A tractor plows a field, mechanical harvesting. Cabbage is picked. Peas. People collect the peas. A man pushes beans. Onions. Bags of onions are in bags ready to be shipped. They slowly move on a conveyor belt. A tractor harvest broccoli. Artichokes are picked. Western grown celery is collected (1:04-4:27). Asparagus is being cropped. Tractor plows a field. Asparagus is shipped in pyramid type crates. A bulldozer levels out a land. A hydraulic plow. Tilling operations, a spike tooth harrow rips the ground. Fertile soil is the goal. A tractor plows. Fertilizer is drilled into the ground. Concrete lined canals where the water is. The water is syphoned into different parts of the field (4:28-7:36). Caps are used to stimulate better growth. Vast acreage of head lettuce. Irrigation for lettuce varies. Lettuce is highly perishable and is harvested with care. A minimum of handling is done as heads are placed into trucks (7:37-9:23). Pacing shed for the lettuce. Trimmers remove discolored leaves and damaged heads. Lettuce is placed into boxes with some ice, it is layered with care. Men package the lettuce into boxes. Boxes of lettuce on wooden palates are placed into cooling plants and put into cooling tunnels. Refrigerator cars are iced to receive the lettuce (9:24-11:40). Carrots. A crop of carrots in the field. A tractor lifter is loosing the carrots right before harvesting. Men put them in rows, grade them, and bunch them. Carrot tops are removed in the field. Carrots are taken to a packing shed where they are washed and sprayed with pressurized water. They go into a grater that separates them based on side. Carrots fall from a conveyor belt. Workers check for damaged or off colored carrots and remove them. Two rows of girls package them into bags. Bunched carrots are put into crates of snow ice to preserve them. A man shovels ice crates which house carrots. Crates are put into waiting cars, snow ice is blown into the car to asset with cooling. It is to preserve produce while in transit. The car is then towed by the Union Pacific Railroad spanning the USA (11:41-15:18). A train goes down the tracks. Starting in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, shipments are sent eastward. An icing doc in Ogden, Utah. Ice goes down a conveyor belt. Ice is ready so trains can be re-iced for their trek eastward. In the winter, some heaters are placed in the trains to keep the produce from freezing. All trains converge in Wyoming before heading east (15:19-17:14). Kansas is a stop before continuing eastward. Union Pacific Railroad moves down the rails at night. A map shows routes to cities of the east. Chicago, New York City. Vegetables. A woman washes lettuce and rips it apart. A housewife makes a salad. She peels carrots and slices and dices them. Celery is placed onto meat in a pot. Vegetables are placed into a refrigerator (17:15-20:38). Prime lettuce in the west on farms. Aerial shot of a western farm. A crop-duster flies over and sprays a field. A tractor on the ground. Long aerial shots of tractors and men at work in the fields. Union Pacific Railroad rides the rails (20:39-22:27). End credits (22:28-22:42). We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the Quebec Conference." This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD, 2k and 4k. For more information visit www.PeriscopeFilm.com/

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