Steam to Los Angeles, Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal 50th Anniversary

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It's now known as one of the most dramatically exciting side-by-side steam locomotives scenes ever staged: UP 8444 and SP 4449 running on the parallel tracks leading up Cajon Pass.

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It’s now known as one of the most dramatically exciting side-by-side steam locomotives scenes ever staged: UP 8444 and SP 4449 running on the parallel tracks leading up Cajon Pass. The two mighty locomotives were leaving the 50th Anniversary Celebration at Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal in 1989 and Pentrex camera crews were trackside and onboard to capture incredible footage of this once-in-a-lifetime event!

We begin with UP 8444’s journey from Cheyenne, Wyoming in April 1989 and follow the powerful 4-8-4 across Wyoming, Utah, and Nevada, to California. With its matched set of 14 Armour yellow passenger cars, the train also included UP’s vintage E-9 diesel number 951 and its new SD60M number 6085 which would also be on display during the festivities. Steaming across the Western landscapes and through scenic canyons, the 8444 looks fantastic.

Then, as both the SP 4999 and UP 8444 parade side-by-side into the LAUPT station, our camera catches the Grand Entry from the middle of the two tracks; it’s a classic shot! We spend some time seeing the displays at the celebration, especially the photographers’ special 3-across line up of Southern Pacific’s and Union Pacific’s E-9s and Santa Fe’s F-7 vintage diesels.

The highlight of the show is side-by-side departure of SP 4449 and UP 8444 from San Bernardino over Cajon Pass, with UP running on the lower Santa Fe tracks and SP 4449 is on the upper SP line. You’ll see amazing coverage all the way to Sullivan’s Curve and beyond! Our DVD release of Steam to Los Angeles is one railroading adventure every railfan will want to own!

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4 reviews for Steam to Los Angeles, Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal 50th Anniversary

  1. Alexander Law

    I have the Mark I Videos side of the Steam to Los Angeles event and I got this DVD during the Pentrex Father’s Day special so I’ve watched both to get their different perspectives.

  2. T.A.R.

    WHAT A GREAT AND VERY INFORMATIVE FILM THIS ABOUT THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF L.A.’S UNION PASSENGER TERMINAL. SEE SIDE BY SIDE STEAM WHEN THE UP 8444 PASSES THE UP 4449 ON PARALLEL TRACKS LEADING UP TO THE CAJON PASS. SEE THE 8444’S TRIP FROM CHEYENNE, WY., IN 1989. THIS IS AN AWESOME FILM ABOUT LOTS OF SPECIAL TRAINS. 5 STARS AND A SHORT 75 MINUTES LONG.

  3. Ben

    We see UP 8444 and SP 4449 parade side by side into LAUPT. Then the highlight of the show is both engines pulling trains side by side over Cajon Pass! Back at LAUPT there is a three across line up of Southern Pacific, Union Pacific, and Santa Fe streamliner diesels.

  4. Dylan Jones

    The combination of two of America’s most iconic steam locomotives in an iconic setting was awesome. Seeing matching passenger cars was a major throwback to the days when steam passenger trains ruled the rails. Los Angeles Union Station made the scene even better!

  5. KC fan

    It was very well done and good. but it dosent get five stars because in the preview they made it seem like they got very clear shots of the two trains side by side. but what happened was a stupid helicopter sabotaged the scene several times, and many scenes were shot from on the UP SD60M helping out 8444. the highlight of the show wasn’t shot as well as it could have been.

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