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This skit was released in Holland as 'The new engine driver'. . I added myself a sound track. One viewer (se below) hinted that these were The Century Comedy Kids, possibly in their skit 'Speed boys' released in 1924. Another helpful viewer commented that this were rare scenes of the Venice Miniature Rail Road (VMRR). Drina Mohacsi commented: Black kid is "Bubbles" James Berry who was signed to star in century comedies c1924. Fat kid is Tommy Hicks, Girl is Josephine Adair, Arthur Trimble in Overalls, and Spec O'Donnell (Freckled face kid). I had added the credits for Tommy & Josephine to IMDB. Buddy Messinger had done comedies for Century & with James Berry as well, but it looks like they swapped him out on this one for Tommy Hicks. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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