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Southern Pacific's Overland Route DVD
Southern Pacific's Overland Route
We begin crossing the Bay Bridge to San Francisco and see the SP Ferry Eureka, plus streetcars in San Francisco, as well as scenes at the Oakland Mole passenger terminal. Besides some steam scenes, there is rare footage of the "City of San Francisco" in the late 30's with the rare yellow E2's. We then see an assortment of trains as we head westward toward Sacramento. There is a host of steam power with 4-6-2's, 4-8-2's, 4-8-4's, 0-8-0's, 0-6-0's, 2-8-0's, 2-8-2's, 2-10-2's, 4-8-0's, and of course the mighty and famous articulated Cab Forwards.
We will see lots of action from switching in Roseville, and mainline trains of all types heading both east and west through this region. Donner Pass east of Roseville, and west of Reno is captured with a variety of trains including several Cab Forwards on both freight and passenger trains. There are scenes of a cab forward on the Roseville Turntable, as well as other surprises. The last cab forward run, with 4274 is seen a few times headed east toward Reno. There is even a scene of a Virginia & Truckee train waiting at the Reno depot, and shots of SP action around Sparks. A few scenes here are Black and White, but otherwise the show is mostly color footage.
This vintage material has no original sound of course, but we have added loads of informative narration about the trains, engines, and locations, as well as a music background. After the vintage material is finished we have added in some former SP engines that do have live sound. This is in the form of 1999 footage which includes some scenes of SP 4449 en route to Railfair on the BNSF line, and some neat shots of 1233, an 0-6-0 working a freight from Sacramento to Woodland, CA in 1999 real steam freight action. These two segments have live audio.
If you are a vintage fan, or a fan of Southern Pacific you will surely enjoy this production.
- Run Time 1 Hour 7 Minutes
- Produced by Greg Scholl 2007