Pre-merger SP in Arizona and California. Main and branchline action with grades,
helpers, manifest, oilcan, beet, boxcar and stack trains.
See Gila and Lordsburg districts from the 80s and 90s with cabooses, lower
quadrant semaphores and on-train footage.
See Donner Pass, Cuesta and the Coastline, Beaumont Hill, Tehachapi, Stockton,
Elvas Junction, Tucson, Santa Cruz branch, Ione branch, Lompoc (Whitehills)
branch, and much more.
Dont miss Stockton Junction with SP, Santa Fe and UP trains pounding all the
crossing diamonds with in the days when it featured three railroads and an
interlocking tower as well.
This video has a parade of power. Grades, helpers, manifest freights, locals and
much more. Remember the real Southern Pacific in this railfans favorite SP
To quote Railfan & Railroad magazine, This video includes some really cool
SDP45 pace shots, cab ride footage, a lot of interesting camera angles and neat
graphics.. all done in a fast pace editing style This is a darn good video.
To quote a review in Model Railroad News, Charles Smiley does his magic,
rescuing rare footage from obscurity, cleaning, sharpening, and editing it until
the final product just sparkles. His story seems to flow right on through and
the narration gives watchers the answers to the questions which naturally occur
- Lordsburg District
- Donner Line
- Great Branchline Action
- Beet Trains
- Oil Can Trains
- Santa Cruz Branch
- Ione Branch
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