Electric Rails Around The Bay D-124 Charles Smiley Presents
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Electric Rails Around the Bay - Three Bay Area lines in one video. See the Sacramento Northern, SP Red Trains and the Peninsular Railway stories. This 16 mm film was shot by a variety of rail historians from 1910 to 1957. See the rail and ferry operations in the bay's early days plus the bridge operations that began the era of great change and decline. The Sacramento Northern section covers passenger and some great freight action in the south-end. See the Oakland hills and street running plus Contra Costa county out to the Ferry slip.
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Jake (El Sobrante, CA) on 2012-04-08 14:36:59.
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Excellent video on the history of electric rail service in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Boxcar Mike (Santa Ana, Ca.) on 2012-08-09 14:43:07.
This DVD is incredibly fascinating. Great shots of operations in and around San Francisco Bay. Only thing this DVD suffers from is way too much narration. A lot of history packed in the narration made it just a bit much.
Good DVD though
Smithy 4869 (Toowoomba Australia) on 2012-04-08 03:40:53.
Excellent video. Good subject matter with just the right amount of narration.
Value for money!
flute player (Piqua, Ohio) on 2011-09-10 14:21:36.
Good video really liked it has a lot of things I did not know about. It's a video that leaves you with wanting to know more. Learned a lot and gave me a lot of ideas for my model train and a couple of other railroads I want to learn more about.
samtheman on 2007-11-03 18:44:31.
This DVD is just packed with vintage action from my beloved Sacramento Northern. I used to live less than a mile from the Oakland hills tunnel portal, and for years never even knew about the SN. Once I found out, I became obsessed with learning more about it and exploring the surprisingly few artifacts left. The SN was once the longest electrified interurban in the country spanning from Chico, CA to San Francisco, CA.
Guy Cole on 2007-09-03 00:04:41.
This is a interesting production, I especially enjoy looking at the footage of pre WW-II San Francisco/Bay Area and comparing it to today. Thanks to this video, I know a lot more about Bay Area rail history. For example, I was completely unaware of the Sacramento Northern, or that it operated a ferry and went all the way to Chico.
Thanks to this video, I decided to visit the Western Railway Museum in Rio Vista to see the interurban cars. Big fun and if you enjoy electric rail it is absolutely worth a visit.