Your Colorful Southern Pacific D-133 Charles Smiley DVD 4.3 of 5 (3)
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This was the Southern Pacific at work on the Yuma District of the Sunset Route. The best material from our discontinued video, "Sunset Salute", is combined with a wealth of newly discovered material to make this new DVD video.
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rrvideoman on 2008-11-15 12:10:34.
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Charles Smiley Productions are noted for the video presentations based a lot on the history of the power and the locations, with no real set order on location. Although that is great for historical purposes, this video takes a twist more for the railfan who is location minded more than history minded. A look at Southern Pacific operations in Southern California with more emphasis on the operations rather than the power and history of the rolling stock. This is what you will witness in this very fine video, which I believe is one of Charles Smileys best. Watch as trains blast by Salton Lake in the desert region, and work the Imperial Valley with long loads of sugar beets. Later a visit to the sugar beet plant and see some of the operations of sugar making. Excellent coverage of it. The scenery is awesome, the coverage of the noted lines is excellent, and the narration is well done for the theme of the video, without being overdone. An excellent video for all railfans. Highly recommended.
MP_37 (Eastern USA) on 2013-08-18 23:29:23.
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Good docu-railfan video. Image and sound quality wonderful. The usual CS touches of graphics and maps absolutely live up to their reputation. I would have liked some of shots to be a bit less "arty" and more conventional but that's about my only gripe on this excellent program.
boxcarmike464 (Santa Ana, Ca.) on 2012-06-14 18:57:00.
This is a great video for SP fans. But there is one problem with it. There is simply not enough of it. I really would have liked to have seen a bit more of this once great railroad empire. But I guess what is there is definately enjoyable and action packed to boot.