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.