Western Pacific: The last Decade

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See Western Pacific diesels run out the last years of operation for the last major railroad built in the west. See the California Zephyr passenger trains, and mainline freights.

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In this Charles Smiley Presents video, you can see Western Pacific diesels run out the last years of operation for the last major railroad built in the west. See the California Zephyr passenger trains, and mainline freights. Remember Oakland street-running, Stockton, Sacramento, the Feather River Canyon, the Nevada Desert and more. See the California Zephyr passenger trains, freight and many early EMD, ALCO Baldwin and early GE U-boats all over California. See it all: Desert, Mountain and Street Running.

Learn the history of the Beckwourth Pass that was founded by the west’s toughest ‘mountain-man’, James Beckwourth. See how the Western Pacific under the leadership of Jay Gould’s son, George, carved out a niche right under Southern Pacific’s nose! It also took the vision and persistence of Arthur W. Keddie to make things unfold. History and great trains are in this all-vintage video. Don’t miss the “Final-Four” coverage of Western Pacific’s last operational F-units in Altamont Pass and other locations on the “San Jose-Turn”.

Featuring: Stockton, San Jose ‘Turn’, Oakland Streets, Desert Running, The Canyon, Cal Zephyr, Early Diesels, U-boats, ALCOs.

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1 review for Western Pacific: The last Decade

  1. rrvideoman, Delisle Saskatchewan

    To a degree, another true to style Charles Smiley movie. The title: WP the Last Decade made me assume that the majority of the movie would be on the final years, but instead, the major amount is on the years leading up to the Last Decade. The History of the line is well presented, along with maps and the wide variety of power, along with scenes from other railroad companies. There are photo’s and filmage of Steam engines, and there is a fair amount of narration on the few F7’s that remained to the end. Although there were 3 states that the WP was mainly in, much of the movie centers in California. Some interesting scenery is shown which includes some fishermen enjoying themselves. The final 14 minutes are dedicated to the Sacramento Northern Railway, and is shot in black and white, which adds to the historical side of the movie. And the Electrics make a good appearance. Over all, a fine presentation. Not my favorite movie by Charles Smiley, but not disappointed that I purchased this movie.

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