Enjoy a variety of Southern Pacific steam power in the steam-powered days of the 1930’s to mid-1950’s in this new program. Shot mostly on 16mm film by several different photographers we see the powerful AC Cab Forwards, colorful Daylight 4-8-4’s, plus everything from 4-8-2, to 0-6-0’s and in between. Several Pacific’s (4-6-2’s) are seen that survive today, including 2467 and 2472, and we have included some modern day footage of these engines as well. If you like Southern Pacific steam action, there is something for everyone in this show! We begin in San Jose, California, and work our way up to Oakland. Many commuter trains with Pacific’s in the lead are seen, as well as war-time black Daylights, Cab Forward’s, 4-8-2’s, and smaller power on locals. Then we divert to the Altamont Pass line and see several Cab Forward articulateds, and even a 4-10-2 leading one train.
Then it is on to Oakland and then we see some trains around San Francisco before heading eastward along San Pablo Bay, and a visit to the San Ramos Branch and see some old film of smaller branch line operations. Next we have a Daylight section with a variety of films of Daylight trains in action, mostly with Daylight paint. Next we move to a segment that is east of Los Angeles and includes a lot of 1930s and ’40s material, mostly on the line to El Paso. There is a wide variety of train action in this segment. Next we see a variety of various SP images before closing out the show with several scenes of 4-6-2 2467 en route to Sacramento in 1999, and with 2472 at Hunters Point in 2001.