Three electric lines in one video: The Sacramento Northern, SP Red Trains and the Peninsular Railway. See SP ferry boats on the San Francisco Bay and the SN’s ferryboat that linked the south-end to the north-end – carrying entire trains, both passenger and freight, from Chips to Mallard. You’ll also see Sacramento Northern freight trains and the interchange with the electric Oakland terminal line at 40th & Shafter yard. The scenes in Oakland, Berkeley and the Oakland Hills plus Sacramento Northern lines out to Contra Costa County are the essential Eastbay of a by-gone era. Follow several freights through the Oakland Hills, Montclair, the long tunnel and through Redwood Canyon to Moraga. From there we run out to Walnut Creek, Concord and the “subway” crossing under Santa Fe and SP tracks. This 1910 to 1957 history is a favorite of railfans and rail historians.
The reviews are in and the press loves this DVD. Railfan & Railroad says, “The 16mm film used in this program was shot by almost 20 photographers and ranges from very good to excellent. This is another excellent and highly educational program from this producer.” And Model Railroad News had this to say, “He takes old 8 and 16mm film and spins it into gold… If you’re not already a traction fan, this video may push you over the edge!”