Fans of the Southern Pacific know their favorite railroad had a lot to offer – and this DVD proves it! This program is made up of five vintage films about the SP.
The Southern Pacific’s famed “Daylight” trains were a PR dream and a railfan favorite – and passengers loved them too! In the thirties, the “Coast Daylight” was born and became the most popular Southern Pacific train of all. Hugging the Pacific Coast the entire route, the train provided beautiful scenery for the day time traveler. The vintage views of the train were taken very early on – before the new LA Union Station opened. Stop at Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, the power change terminal, Salinas and San Francisco. We also ride the “Golden State” from Chicago through Tucumcari, on the Sunset Route, to LA. This train was a joint operation of the SP and the Rock Island.
On the Shasta Route to Oregon, see several of the Southern Pacific’s unique “cab forward” steam locomotives. In 1952, the winter over Donner Pass produced an incredible 60 feet of snow! Tour the snow sheds, watch the SP’s snow removal strategy, using rotaries, Jordan Spreaders and flangers. Watch as the marooned “City of San Francisco” is hauled out of the drifts. Finally, watch colorful “Black Widow” cab diesels on Donner in the summer.