Diesel Power on the Southern Pacific

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Great material from 19 sources shot in many locations out west. This DVD brings you the 1942 to 1975 era on the Southern Pacific with E units, F units and early GP9 and SD9 power. Over two hours.

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Great material from 19 sources shot in many locations out west. This DVD brings you the 1942 to 1975 era on the Southern Pacific with E units, F units and early GP9 and SD9 power. Don’t miss out on the first U- boats as they ply Southern Pacific rails. These GE locomotives had some problems. But GE eventually worked their way to the top of the locomotive business by pecking away at EMD. See FM and ALCo and many rare Southern Pacific units. Fantastic video of fantastic diesels at fantastic locations!.

See the greater San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles environs, Glendale’s old Taylor Yard, Colton Crossing, and many extinct branch lines. See the opening of the new Colton Yard and the building and early days of the Cajon Pass line for the SP and its bypass of Los Angeles for north-south through-traffic. Passenger and freight trains abound. Special Shasta, Cascade and even Kaiser ore trains from Iron Mountain near the Salton Sea – plus great and extensive Cajon Pass and Tehachapi action and much more.

This is a wealth of vintage SP material – all shot on vintage movie film by former SP employees and many savvy railfans. Locations include: Oakland and San Jose, The San Joaquin Line, Cajon Pass (1967), Tehachapi (1955-1971), Los Angeles area, Taylor Yard (1965), Colton Crossing, Kaiser Ore at Ferrum, Santa Paula Branch, Burbank Branch, Cascade and Shasta. And the reviews are great: To quote Railfan & Railroad magazine, “.the quality and depth of the information in the narration is so great. A must for SP fans I would think, as well as students of motive power evolution, use and disposition.” And Model Railroad News says, “Smiley, as usual, pulls from unfathomable depths of footage to locate and select delightful pearls of 8 and 16mm footage.”

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3 reviews for Diesel Power on the Southern Pacific

  1. Aw

    The Charles Smiley presents is my all time favorite train video production series. His videos are the most informative and professionally put together. I would call them true documentaries. If you like to learn about railroads this Video series is for you.

  2. rrvideoman, Delisle Saskatchewan

    Charles Smiley videos are an interesting look at days gone by in the earlier years of diesel. What we basically see in this video is a lot of Alco’s, EMD’s, GE’s, and some Train Master’s to add interest. Most locations are in California, the San Francisco Bay region, Los Angeles and Cajon, Tehachapi, etc… It’s a good over all presentation of Southern Pacific in it’s glory years. For anyone who loves the early years of diesels, this is a great video. Like all Charles Smiley videos on one particular railroad, there is an overlap from other Charles Smiley videos, so if you have other Southern Pacific productions, You will see some scenes that are on more than one video. I do recommend this video to rail fans as I am pleased to have it in my collection.

  3. Dylan

    Charles Smiley has done it again with this film. A lot of details, especially if you’re wanting to model the SP. Highly recommended!

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