Southern Pacific?s legendary Shasta Division was an important and challenging portion of the I-5 Corridor carrying traffic between Los Angeles and Seattle. Today it remains a vital link to the Pacific Northwest for the Union Pacific.
In this program, we will cover nearly 170 miles of this amazing line between Redding, California and Klamath Falls, Oregon.
Many trains are identified by their symbols, so you will know where they came from and where they?re going. You?ll see trains work their way up the Sacramento River Canyon to Dunsmuir, climb out of a box canyon with grades that reach 2.2%, reach the highest point on the Cascade Route at Grass Lake, and sprint through the high desert into Oregon.
Interesting locations covered in this DVD include the Redding Trestle, Pitt River Bridge, the famous Cantara Loop, Dry Canyon Viaduct, Dorris Tunnel and more! You?ll even see the largest operating steam locomotive in the world, Union Pacific?s Challenger #3985 making a rare appearance in the Pacific Northwest!
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1 Hour, 58 Mins
0 Worldwide NTSC
armchairrailfan on 2009-07-23 00:06:59.
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5 of 5
The former Southern Pacific Valley and Black Butte subdivisions run from the San Francisco Bay area to Klamath Falls OR crossing some impressive scenery ranging from dense forest to high desert, including a long 2.2% grade, several S curves and a tight horseshoe curve.
<p>The program begins at Redding and the 4348 foot long curved high trestle crossing the Sacramento River, heading north to Dunsmuir, then making a long tortuous climb out of a canyon enroute to Klamath Falls. Highlights include the famous Redding Trestle, the Pitt River double deck bridge crossing Shasta Lake, the Salt Creek Trestle, the Dry Canyon Viaduct, Castle Crag, one of 5 preserved Willamette geared steam locomotives (this one on static display at Railroad Park), Cantara Loop, Sawmill Curve, views of Black Butte and some spectacular views of Mount Shasta. A cab ride across the Redding Trestle is also featured.
<p>Narration is more than sufficient (I really don't need to know the weight and length of trains). Train Symbol markers are included for most trains. The photography is excellent, as good as it gets. The volume is a bit higher than normal. The kids might like this one, there are several fast moving trains and a lot of loud horns. This a Must Have for UP fans and fans of mountain railroading.
Additional remarks by armchairrailfan: Narration:A little bit too much. Would kids enjoy this?Maybe. Image quality:Excellent! DVD Value:Excellent Value! Recommend to others?A "Must Have"!
Rail Buff (Southern California) on 2016-06-03 07:42:01.
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5 of 5
7Idea videos are always good. IMO this on is one of its best.
Aaron, please re-make this in Blue Ray. You'd turn a superb video into a spectacular one. Use same locations and camera angles, even.
Additional remarks by Rail Buff: Narration:Just enough. Would kids enjoy this?Maybe. Image quality:Excellent! DVD Value:Excellent Value! Recommend to others?Definitely.