SP’s busy San Joaquin Subdivision runs through the agricultural heartland of California’s Central Valley. This important North-South route helps link Los Angeles and Portland Oregon, and provides plenty of fantastic train watching spots. Let’s go back to 1996 to revisit this important Southern Pacific artery. You’ll visit locations such as Bakersfield, Goshen, El Pinal, Lodi, Elvas Tower, and Roseville. During your journey, you will also be treated to sights of an elegantly restored station in Modesto, and a number of unique and impressive bridges along the way.
The variety of Southern Pacific trains that roll through these fertile surroundings ranges from fast freights and locals to heavy coal drags that originated in Utah. Keeping freight moving between the two West Coast shipping ports requires lots of motive power, and a large assortment of old and new locomotives can be seen working hard to keep the railroad traffic flowing. Beautiful vistas, interesting locations, ample California sunshine, and mainline activity make SP’s Central California Mainline a show you’ll enjoy again and again.