Southern Pacific Daylight Collection

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With an emphasis on sheer riding comfort, Southern Pacific’s famous Daylight trains transported thousands of passengers along the California coast. Contains never-seen-before footage.

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Contains never-seen-before footage! They were known as the most beautiful passenger trains in the world. With an emphasis on sheer riding comfort, Southern Pacific’s famous Daylight trains transported thousands of passengers along the California coast, with the blue Pacific Ocean as a backdrop, breaking one ridership record after another. The SP was hard pressed to keep up with the demand as these trains grew more and more popular with the riding public. Fortunately, railfans were trackside, too, recording the beautiful Daylights on film. For over 20 years, Pentrex has searched for footage of the Daylights in order to assemble the definitive portrait of this iconic legend.

Drawing upon material from private collections, the Pentrex archives, and the Southern Pacific Railroad, we are proud to now present Southern Pacific Daylight Collection, the fourth in our popular “Pentrex Collection” series. You’ll see the Daylights at work in many locations, from El Paso to Phoenix, crossing the Great Salt Lake, and other scenic areas. In California, you’ll spot the Daylights on Beaumont Hill, Soledad Canyon, and especially… where it all began… along the Coast Line. A few Daylights are shown during the diesel era, but for the most part the GS-4s are the star of the show! You’ll even see a few locomotives in service after they’d been relieved of the Daylight duties.

Our program ends with the 1930s film, “Daylighting the Padres Trail”. We know you will enjoy this presentation from beginning to end. It’s the most complete coverage of the Daylights ever released, and it’s Pentrex’s grand tribute to “The Most Beautiful Train in the World.”

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4 reviews for Southern Pacific Daylight Collection

  1. rickyfreni

    This program starts with a montage of clips, and a map of California is shown. At the Mission Bay roundhouse (San Francisco), 2-8-2 number 3124 is waiting for some service as the camera pans into 4418… then over the course of the show we see nearly every Daylight and Daylight varient the SP rostered. The program closes with an all black and white company sound film from 1937. After the film, there is an epilogue with clips, and more with dubbed audio from the lone surviving GS-4: 4449 in excursion service.

  2. trainpainter

    It’s hard to come up with enough appropriate words to describe this DVD and the Daylights. There’s great coverage of the Daylight engines and trains from the very beginning to the end and then the 4449 as an excursion engine. Just a fantastic collection and with the quality you’ve come to expect from Pentrex.

  3. T.A.R.

    GREAT FILM ABOUT SOUTHERN PACIFIC’S FAMOUS DAYLIGHT TRAINS. THESE TRAINS TRANSPORTED PASSENGERS UP AND DOWN THE CALIFORNIA COAST EVERY DAY IN LAVISH STYLE. SEE IT IN ACTION FROM EL PASO TO PHOENIX AND OTHER LOCATIONS. IT’S ONE OF THE FEW BIG PASSENGER TRAIN STEAM ENGINES TO STILL BE ALIVE AND IN EXCURSION DUTY. SEE IT HERE WHEN IT WAS IN ACTUAL REVENUE SERVICE! SOME PEOPLE CALL IT THE MOST BEAUTIFUL TRAIN IN THE WORLD. 5 STARS AND 1 HOUR AND 20 MINUTES LONG.

  4. Seth Gotter

    Great video. If you love the beautiful daylight locomotives then this is the DVD for you. Movie ships fast so you don’t have to wait long. Amazing picture quality too for the age of the films. Great to see this beauty in revenue service on the Southern Pacific mainline.

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