Featuring the Key System; the Sacramento Northern, and the Pacific Electric
The Golden State has been home to many electric railroads. Noted rail photographer John Kirkland captured three of the most interesting operations during the 1950s and ’60s. Pentrex has carefully computer enhanced these films, adding appropriate sound and narration to bring you a superb sampling of California’s premier electric railroads.
Climb aboard a Key System interurban train at the downtown San Francisco Terminal and stand alongside the motorman as it rolls across the Bay Bridge. Then explore each of Key’s five lines, running on city streets and through their own private rights-of-way to Oakland, Piedmont, and Berkeley.
You’ll witness two Sacramento Northern railfan excursions, one using interurban passenger equipment and the other pulled by an electric freight locomotive. Then chase a westbound SN freight from Walnut Creek to Oakland, powered by two electric locomotives, one on each end!
In Southern California, Pacific Electric “Blimps” and “Hollywood Cars” wend their way through automobile traffic on city streets and then roar down PE’s four-track main line to Watts. Catalina Steamship specials take you right to the docks in Wilmington, and you’ll follow regular trains to San Pedro and downtown Long Beach.
For fans of electric railroading, California Electric Trilogy is a must-have video!