Southern Pacific Daylight Time - A & R Productions Train Video
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This program is made up of five films about the ESPEE. The Southern Pacific completed "Coast Route" between Los Angeles and San Francisco early this century. Its famed "Daylight" trains had moved passengers between these cities on the inland route around Tehachapi in great style. In the thirties, the "Coast Daylight" was born and became the most popular of all. Hugging the Pacific Coast the entire route, the train provided beautiful scenery to the day time traveler. Our views of the train were taken very early on before the new Union station opened. Stop at Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, the power change terminal, Salinas and San Francisco. We also ride the "Golden State" from Chicago through Tucumcari, on the Sunset Route, to LA. This train was a joint operation of the SP and the Rock Island. On the Shasta Route to Oregon, see several of the Southern Pacific's unique "cab forward" steam locomotives. In 1952, the winter over Donner Pass produced an incredible 60+ feet of snow! Tour the snow sheds, watch the SP's snow removal strategy, using rotaries, Jordan Spreaders and flangers. Watch as the marooned "City of San Francisco" is hauled out of the drifts. Finally, watch colorful "Black Widow" cab diesels on Donner in the summer.
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