Scarlet and Gray Memories D-128 Charles Smiley Presents 4.3 of 5 (3)
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Scarlet and Gray Memories - Join us for a look back at the SP in the 1990s and in earlier views of the 1970s. See Coastline action along SoCal shores with mainline and local freight trains. Visit White Hills, Lompoc and Santa Paula branch lines and follow the venerable Saugus Local and see its efficient crew keep schedules for freight customers on Metrolink's busy Saugus Line that was bought from SP. We bring nostalgic SP action in the Tehachapis with lumber, oil-can, coal-drags and general freight. Remember the days when 5 front and 5 back were the "norm". See the SP power that has been taken away by the 1996 UP-SP merger that has erased so much of the past. More action and views from the San Fernando Valley, Cajon Pass and Beaumont Hill bring you a SP that you can fondly remember. These are the missing views that define the SP to every fan that misses the railroad that built California into the giant economy that remains today. Lots of fun and lots of older SP power that went away from the scene. The vintage film scenes include sugar beet trains, lumber drags and early GE U-25, and U-33 power that has long since vanished from the SP. The Bakersfield Yard scenes are compared from 1993 and way back in 1971. See old ALCO and EMD power in SP's finest days when units were clean and without graffiti. Don"t miss this video!
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MP_37 (Southeastern US) on 2013-10-01 21:57:47.
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So far this is my favorite CSP video of the SP. It's a very enjoyable look at the almost pre-merger SP in southern California in the early-mid 1990's, though some nice 1970's vintage movies round it out. Mainline, branch line, and everything in between. What I liked most was wonderful videography that showcased the trains and scenery in perfect context and making the most of lineside objects...it's shot after shot of pleasure to the eyes and ears. The narration was well timed and unobtrusive...a big plus with me, and of course the usual maps/graphics are a big help, which I have found to be a usual CSP hallmark.
Boxcarmike (Santa Ana, California) on 2012-08-23 19:37:09.
This DVD was Fantastic. If Charles Smiley had made all of his DVD series on the SP Like this one, WOW!!! There was just enough narration explining what we were about to see, just enough music to make transitions, and the maps were a nice touch as well. It was just perfect unlike some of the other DVD`s that CS has made that feature overdone narration that sounds like one of my old college professors delivering a lecture. Another thing I liked about this DVD? plenty of audio sound of the trains. This is a must have for all who love the now long gone Southern Pacific. Buy it by all means.
LWS on 2007-09-19 14:55:07.
Scarlet and Gray Memories is an excellent look at SP before its absorption by UP. I truly enjoyed seeing the now-disappeared F-units, the PAs, and the old Geeps in Redwings paint (and some in Kodachrome and Black Widow as well!)