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CANADIAN ELECTRIC RAILS CHARLES SMILEY 1 hour 11 minutes

Visit 5 classic electric railroads in Canada in the 1950's! Brilliant color film of the Canadian people, architecture and trains! Peel back the years and relive the days of what it was like to ride and see the: LONDON AND PORT STANLEY RY, NIAGARA ST CATHERINES & TORONTO, TORONTO TRANSIT PCC CARS AND SUBWAY FIRST GENERATION, MONTREAL & SOUTHERN COUNTIES RY. AND QUEBEC RAILWAY LIGHT AND POWER

Visit yards and stations! Big cities and rural outposts! Learn the equipment of each railroad, with in depth coverage of the Peter Witt Cars and the Toronto Red Rockets. This movie has excellent maps, music and meaningful information on all of these great electric roads!

$ 22.75
CANADIAN RAILS VINTAGE SCRAPBOOK CHARLES SMILEY 1 hour 29 minutes

Visit Canada from 1939 to 1973 from New Brunswick to Vancouver Island. We bring lots of steam and the early diesels in both freight and passenger service. Many maps and special diagrams were specially prepared to highlight the features in this video. The film sources are numerous from many of the most famous rail fans that were active from the 1940s through the 1970s. See steam, electric and early diesel action from coast to coast! Includes the Canadian Pacific, Canadian National, Deux Montages Electrics, QRL&P Railway, Quebec Central, Esquimalt & Nanaimo, Logging Lines, Pacific Great Eastern and CP ships.

$ 25.75
CHESSIE & SEABOARD HALL OF FAME CHARLES SMILEY 2 hours 2 minutes

Have you wondered what ever happened to some of the railroads you grew up with' This presentation could shed some light on those thoughts and at the same time, bring back visions of many things that have vanished from the railroad scene. The mergers and their strategies are explained with some of the hidden history behind all the big changes in eastern railroading. This feature uses numerous maps and graphics created for this feature to put everything into historic and geographic focus. This presentation is really two shows brought together into a two hour double-feature. See the B&O, C&O and Western Maryland in both freight and passenger trains in a time-period that had far more variety in road names, equipment and methods of operation. Don_t miss those beautiful B&O passenger trains that proudly carried the nation_s capitol dome on their nose. See a colorful mix of first and second generation diesels through many of their paint scheme phases. This two hour feature explains how the C&O and the B&O were first merged together -- and how the Western Maryland came into the picture to form the Chessie System.If you miss those colorful Chessie System diesels, this feature has near-new looking examples of them in this presentation. The Seaboard Coast Line merger of the combined Atlantic Coast Line and the Seaboard Air Line began in the 1960s. This presentation explains how the L&N came into the picture and how the Seaboard Coastline, the L&N, the Clinchfield, and several other smaller roads, were marketed as the Family Lines in the 1970s. The SCL had famous passenger trains that maintained their popularity until 1971. The Family Lines era of the 1970s became the Seaboard System by 1982 and those colors come back to life as well.The Richmond Fredericksburg & Potomac, or RF&P, was a 113-mile long double-tracked bridge line that neatly linked northern and southern roads together. This presentation brings the last 20-years of that roads independence to your screen. The 1970s became an especially difficult time for many railroads. The bankruptcies, and little-known _could-have-been mergers, of that era are explained. This was the virtual _minefield that Chessie and the Seaboard had to operate in. They both emerged in good shape for their eventual merger into the CSX.

$ 27.75
CONRAIL HALL OF FAME CHARLES SMILEY 2 hour 20 minutes

This is the 1976 to 1997 story of the Consolidated Rail Corporation, widely known as Conrail. It was created from the bankrupt Penn Central and a number of other bankrupt northeastern roads in 1976. We bring the early years of rebuilding, and the later years of a successful operation, that surprised nearly everyone. Everyone that is except the committed employees and the leadership Conrail had during its four phases of existence. This was like a four act play -- with every element needed to make a great story that will be studied by business analysts and rail historians for years to come. The four principal phases of Conrail's existence each had a CEO from a different business background that helped forge Conrail into a valuable operation. Our presentation includes many maps created especially for video to keep the viewer informed and to help paint the big picture. Once the system was stabilized, Conrail started making a profit and they went public with shares of stock that repaid all the accumulated debt. By the late 1980s Conrail was now taken seriously. Fortunately, all this was carefully recorded for history. This video has been created from the early movie filming and professional-format video material of three different rail historians ' each with their own talent and unique style. These are all visions you can no longer see along the rails of today. Conrail has since been divided and integrated into the Norfolk Southern and the CSX systems. Learn the plan that could have bolstered Conrail's future as a separate, large system -- but for a twist of fate. Our presentation includes many maps made especially for video to keep the viewer informed and to help paint the big picture. We bring the former Pennsylvania Railroad's Pittsburg line, from Altoona to Cresson in 1988 to 1992, with all the intense action, grades and helpers. The line east of Altoona brings more action from the late 1980s and 1996. See a great mix of manifest freight and intermodal trains in many scenic locations. Then, don't miss the Harrisburg to Reading scenes on Conrail's former Reading Railroad line.

$ 27.75
CSX SCRAPBOOK CHARLES SMILEY 1 hour 42 minutes

This material was primarily shot in 1999 to 2001 with other scenes from 1991 to 1993. The various chapters bring portions of Ohio with the diamond crossings of Deshler (_Crossroads of the B&O) and Fostoria (_The Iron Triangle). The program then moves east to the Cumberland Subdivision from Point of Rocks west to Cumberland, MD and then more gripping action on the famous Sand Patch grade. This is all color, digitally enhanced material, shot in many seasons. It brings you a lot of great action with helpers, long trains and road power from a colorful era on CSX. Some of the locomotive types have since been retired such as the C30-7s. Many maps have been made for this video to give the viewer a full presentation. See the last days of the old Color-Position signals in many locations and the installation of the newer signals.

$ 27.75
DIESEL POWER OF THE SANTA FE CHARLES SMILEY 1 hour 31 minutes

The late-great Santa Fe as shot on movie film. From Chicago to LA, up to Stockton and out to Richmond. All the early diesels and the second generation power too. Both passenger & freight. Enjoy the Santa_s various _Chiefs' and the speedy San Diegan. See street-running and yards. Remember the Super-C and the _Chief at their best. Remember all the EMD F-units, ALCOs, U-boats and Geeps and many special units. This is action and history at its best. Tehachapi, Cajon Pass, Barstow, passenger trains down to San Diego as well as action at LAUPT -- and more!

$ 27.75
DIESEL POWER ON THE SOUTHERN PACIFIC CHARLES SMILEY 1 hour 30 minutes

Great material from 19 sources shot in many locations out west. See FM and ALCO and many rare SP units. This brings the 1942 to 1975 era on the SP with E, F units and early GP9 and SD9 power. Don_t miss out on the first U- boats. These GE locomotives had some problems. But GE eventually worked their way to the top of the locomotive business by pecking away at EMD. See the greater San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles environs, Glendale_s old Taylor Yard, Colton Crossing, and many extinct branchlines. See the opening of the new Colton Yard and the building and early days of the Cajon Pass line for the SP and its bypass of Los Angeles for north-south through-traffic. Passenger and freight trains abound. Special Shasta, Cascade and even Kaiser ore trains from Iron Mountain near the Salton Sea - plus great and extensive Cajon Pass and Tehachapi action and much more.

$ 27.75
DONNER PASS THUNDER CHARLES SMILEY 1 hour 30 minutes

From old Sacramento to Reno, Nevada we present the any challenges of the Sierra crossing. Filmed over three decades in all types of weather and every type of train from 1955 to 1995. Ride a F7 powered passenger train in a raging snow storm. See early diesel power and the history of the line_s building, the snow sheds, tunnels and more. Visit the old pre-merger Roseville humpyard and see a wonderful mix of old SD and GP _high-hood' power. Donner Pass was America_s first line into California and we cover the politics, engineering and construction of this historic line. The last years of the SP are also covered with great action with the _Tunnel motors built to cope with the extensive, long tunnels and snow sheds. Expect long trains, lots of helper units and foreign power mixed in.

$ 27.75
ELECTRIC RAILS AROUND THE BAY CHARLES SMILEY 1 hour 7 minutes

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.

$ 32.75
ELECTRIC RAILS OF UTAH "CHARLES SMILEY Electric Rails of Utah 1 hour 6 minutes History, action, maps and sound

See electric interurban history from the 1920's to the 1950's around the beautiful Salt Lake, Utah region. This DVD covers the Saltair, Salt Lake & Utah, Bamberger and Utah Idaho Central systems. Plus the Bingham, Cyn. mine electric railroad."

$ 27.75
EMPIRE OF THE NORTH CHARLES SMILEY 1 hour 30 minutes

See the historic 1970 formation of Burlington Northern. See great vintage trains of Great Northern, Northern Pacific, Chicago Burlington & Quincy and the Spokane Portland & Seattle from the 50s into the 70s. We bring the history of the James Hill Lines and how he reshaped the northwest. See the steam to early diesel transition of these lines. Follow the career of Chicago Burlington & Quincy's, Ralph Budd. His early years as a design engineer made him one of the industrys greatest innovators. He was the youngest railroad president when earlier he took charge of the GN as he was also a sharp businessman. Follow the early passenger Ralph Budd-inspired Zephyrs, the California Zephyr plus passenger and freight trains of the CB&Q, GN and NP. Visit Chicago, Iowa, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and more locations with passenger and freight. We offer a special section of the Inside Gateway line jointly operated by the BN & WP.

$ 27.75
ESPEE HALL OF FAME CHARLES SMILEY 2 hours 42 minutes

Visit "Espee" locations that were in and around Sacramento,CA in the early 1990s. See Elvas and Stockton Junction with the towers that have long ago been removed. Watch hours of great, original Southern Pacific power that has sent to the scrap yard since this material was shot. Learn much of the history of the SP and the area involved in this video. The emphasis here is on manifest trains, transfer jobs and locals. We bring the kind of railroading that has been forgotten. See Davis and Suisun-Fairfield Junction and many trainson the Ione branch. Don't miss the sugar beets to Woodland, California. This video took years to shoot with nearly every scene in blue skies and with the sun's light on the right side of the train. The trains shown have been selected with care to tell a story and portray how things once were. After watching this video, you should have a better understanding of what happened to the "Espee" - and why it happened. See Roseville's original hump yard in action and the parade of trains through Roseville, Antelope and out to the East Valley line, lower Donner Pass and much more.

$ 26.75
EXTREME SP CHARLES SMILEY 1 hour 52 minutes

See SP _battle back to respectability in the early 90's on the featured lines to the north and many other great locations. This video selected many choice scenes out of hundreds of hours of material to show a great variety of older power and scenic locations. Some of the material used is from film shot in the seventies to balance out the presentation This video has a parade of power with both old and new mixed with foreign power smoking it up. The second half features many retired units, cabooses and many other surprises!

$ 27.75
GREAT SHORTLINES WEST CHARLES SMILEY 1 hour 30 minutes

A look into the operations of ten different shortlines. We interview the people that keep things rolling and spend some time in the cab. This video has great scenery, a variety of locomotives and down-to-earth railroading. See ALCO's, Baldwins and EMD's at work pounding the mainline, switching yards, interchange junctions and industry.

$ 27.75
KANSAS CITY DIESEL POWER REVIEW CHARLES SMILEY 1 hour 52 minutes

Visit Kansas City and surrounding areas, before all the great mergers of the 90's! See trains from many different roads, with detailed maps and narration on how freight moves thru the KC area. Visit Santa Fe Junction, Airline Junction and Neff yard! See run down industrial backdrops with trains moving thru "the bottoms". Many transfers and locals are shown from Santa Fe, Gateway Western, Soo, UP and KCS! See a variety of motive power, that is long gone from mainline service today, including early GE's and EMD locomotives. As the years progress in this movie, see the newer units taking over. many being the very last orders from these fallen flag railroads. Fine examples of CNW AC-4400 Operation Lifesaver Units, SP/SSW GP-60s, and a sparkling clean variety of Santa Fe painted Warbonnets. These include Dash-840B, and C-44-9 models, Cowl SDP-45s, SD-70s and standard and cabless GP-60s. Rare blue and yellow painted SD-39, GP-40X and GP-9U and GP-7U models are also highlighted. Norfolk Southern's ex Wabash Route is explained and many trains show up from them in this movie. Union Pacific and Burlington Northern also both make their presence felt, with fine examples of big power on heavy coal and drag freights! The route of the Kansas City Southern is mapped out, and we see some road freights and locals from them as well! Don't miss the last great stand for these fine American Railroads, before everything changed forever!

$ 24.75
KEY SYSTEM EMPIRE CHARLES SMILEY 1 hour 1 minute

See the Key System from its early days with ferryboats to the Bay Bridge era. Learn the history from start to finish of the great East-shore Empire. Visit all the lines and cross the bay by ferry and bridge-rails to San Francisco. Streetcars, Bridge-articulated units and many surprises, plus cameo appearances of early Muni and IER make this a transportation story.

$ 27.75
KEY SYSTEM SCRAPBOOK PART 1 CHARLES SMILEY 1 hour 2 minutes.

The Key System from the early years of 500s and 600s plus the ferryboat pier. See the Keys new bridge units in their original, striking, orange and silver splendor. Also we bring supporting scenes of the IER Red Trains, Muni Railway, steam trains and the Keys small streetcars. Ride and watch beautiful ferryboats shot on some of the first, early 16mm color film. Watch the construction and operation of the WWII Richmond Shipyard Railway by Keys staff. This line was built from Emeryville north to Richmonds Kaiser Shipyards to transport thousands of workers that built 747 Victory and Liberty ships for the war. Retired IRT elevated cars were rebuilt to make long, and elderly, electric trains. This is a fascinating look at Bay Area history. Don't miss the Keys X-trains and ferryboats to the 1939 Golden Gate Expo. This video has many animated graphical maps made just for video clarity and better understanding of the Keys lines, streetcar lines and the competing SP-IER electric lines in the ferry, and the later bridge era. Great synchronized sound and period music too!

$ 27.75
KEY SYSTEM SCRAPBOOK PART 2 CHARLES SMILEY

See the Key System forward from 1945 and the end of WW II that brought the National City Lines buy-out. See the last 13 years of a great transit line that struggled to maintain quality service in a world of change. We review the NCL and compare its new control of the Key System to the LA Railway and others. See the last few years of the Key's subsidiary streetcar lines that were all ripped out after 1948. Watch the stunning B Line trains around Lake Merritt and on up to Underhill. The C Line to Piedmont and Oakland Avenue offers the beauty of the East Bay. Visit and ride through the Bridge Yard and recall the Keys great fleet of Bridge Units connecting the greater East Bay with San Francisco. Run through the Emeryville Yard and watch trains spill past Tower Two. See great trains in a wealth of locations in a bygone era on all the Bridge Lines A through F. Don't miss the action with freight trains down 40th Street from Sacramento Northerns connection to the C Line and the Oakland Terminal Railway. The F Lines City Of Berkeleys Key train of former SN Ry cars is just one of the delights to see on the Berkeley Line.

$ 27.75
MILWAUKEE ROAD SCRAPBOOK CHARLES SMILEY 1 hour 14 minutes

See the Milwaukee Road's electrification on the old Pacific Extension. Remember the Quills, Bipolars, GE Boxcabs and GE Joes. Additional coverage includes the Milwaukee Road's diesels and a nice review of Milwaukee Road's steam powered trains. This is Milwaukee Road's passenger and freight operations in its finest years. We also bring a good section on snow fighting, MOW equipment and practices as well as the frequent wrecks that kept the MOW people far too busy in the unfortunate years of decline. But overall, the Milwaukee Road's employees always came through in the best tradition of tough and dedicated mountain railroaders. Don't miss the comparative electrics on the Great Northern and the BA&P add to the history and scenic views. The copper ore trains that the BA&P actually preceded the Milwaukee's own electrification. The original electrified BA&P paved the way for Milwaukee's plans and gave them the impetus to go electric in many ways. See highlights of rival Northern Pacific and more Great Northern regional competition of their own specialized electric trains and, their steam and diesel power. This video features mostly 16mm, beautiful, color film that captures the essence of the Milwaukee Road's Pacific extension to Seattle and Tacoma, Washington.

$ 28.75
MILWAUKEE ROAD WEST CHARLES SMILEY 1 hour 7 minutes

See the Milwaukee and rivals from 1955 to 1978 covering the electrics, diesels and some lingering steam. Plenty of runby and trackside views of a vanished way of life in the mountain districts. Marvel at the GE Boxmotors, Bipolars and "Little Joes" and visit a number of locations.

$ 27.75
MOUNTAIN GRADES OF THE B&O CHARLES SMILEY 1 hour 33 minutes

This material was shot in 1983, 1989 and 1991 with a mix of video and color movie-film dating back to 1969. See a colorful mix of power and a style of railroading that is vanished forever. The Mountain Subdivision brings the last Western Maryland units in service. CSX fans will also see the early color schemes. Chessie fans will see lots of "tri-color" power. Additional color comes from several CSX liveries from the 1991-era. The history of mergers of C&O, B&O, WM and Seaboard Lines up to the CSXT formation is reviewed. Early film presents B&O, C&O and L&N power plus vignettes of Western Maryland and the small WVN Railroads. See lots of Seaboard and Family Lines power mixed with B&O, Chessie System and CSX colors in big power 'lash-ups' with helpers and meets. The "Cranberry" grade of the Mountain Subdivision, and the Sand Patch grade of the Keystone Subdivision with its beautiful scenery, small towns and great trains are a special visual experience. This is all color, digitally enhanced material, shot in many seasons by Tom Luckey. It brings you a lot of great action with helpers and heavy grades. Many maps have been made for this video to give the viewer a full presentation.

$ 27.75
MUNICIPAL RAILWAY VINTAGE SCRAPBOOK CHARLES SMILEY 1 hour 31 minutes

Look back in time to the _Muni_ after WWII to the 1980s. See the days when the _Iron Monsters_ were the rule on Market Street and watch the Muni PCC cars of long ago when they were run as double-ended cars and the newer single-ended fleet as it expanded and replaced the Iron Monsters by the late 1950s. We bring the J, K, L, N & M lines from a long-lost era.We bring examples of the long-forgotten Market Street Railway streetcars after the Muni took over those lines after WWII. Early examples of the A, B, K and L type streetcars abound in this presentation when they ruled Market Street and all the outbound lines.Don_t miss the old B, C, D, F and H lines and how Market Street looked generations ago. Learn the Muni_s history over the years up to the BART subway project and more! See firsthand the effects of the Market Street Subway construction and all the changes to the West Portal Tunnel, the Phelan Loop of earlier times and the Transbay Transit Terminal.Visit the old Transbay Transit Terminal operations in the 1950s to the 1970s. learn How the Eastbay electric trains of the Key System, and the SP IER, used the Bay Bridge to the San Francisco Transbay Transit Terminal.Hear the city and rail sounds to better appreciate the way San Francisco was over the decades. This video has narration to bring a better understanding of the way things were and how they were shaped into the present day.Review the expansion of the PCC fleet and see these cars in the 1950s from other cities before they were bought by the Muni. Examples are from cities that sold PCC cars to the Muni such as St. Louis and Toronto as well as those that almost became Muni cars. The early beginnings of the Historic Streetcar fleet will bring a wealth of visual surprises.When the LRVs came to the Muni we show the sister LRVs in Boston and review the similarities, differences and the startup problems.See cable cars of the California Street Railway long ago and the Muni and from post-WWII to the early 1980s in great color.

$ 25.75
NORTHEAST RAILS REMEMBERED VOL 1 CHARLES SMILEY 1 hour 40 minutes

Brought back from 1988 and 1989 is the Conrail story with material never before released. Conrail's former Reading line, Allentown, Reading and numerous scenic places through many small towns and splendid countryside. The scenic Southern Tier on the former Erie mainline brings lots of action with Conrail, NYS&W and Delaware & Hudson trains and more! See some scenes from the early 1970s with a struggling Penn Central and its collection of old and eclectic diesels. Learn the Conrail story that saved the rail industry by merging many failed roads into a first-class operation. Conrail was split up into parts of the NS and the CSX system in 1999. We bring it back to your screen! See a great variety of diesel power and freight cars before the graffiti era. The 1988-era was at the point in time when Conrail had transformed itself into a successful railroad.

$ 27.75
NORTHEAST RAILS REMEMBERED VOL 2 CHARLES SMILEY 1 hour 33 minutes

Revisit the early 1990s on the last years of the D&H and the ushering in of CP Rail to new territory in the US. This was a very colorful era in the Northeast and dramatic changes were still in effect from ripples of the bankruptcy of the old Penn Central days. We cover the history of the D&H and its sad demise. Don't miss the parade of older and borrowed power that came from all over North America. This was also a time when CP Rail was consolidating its extensive US-based rail lines. We bring you power from the D&H, Soo Lines and from lines such as CSX, NS, Conrail, leasing companies and others. This material was shot over an extensive period of time, in different seasons and numerous locals. This new video is the perfect companion to the first Northeast Rails DVD that covered the success of the Conrail in the late 1980s.

$ 27.75
SANTA FE VINTAGE WEST CHARLES SMILEY 1 hour 34 minutes

The Santa Fe from the 50s to the end in the 1993 era. Lots of passenger F-unit trains and freight with many paint colors. See the speedy _Super-C' freights that redefined the rail-freight industry - as it was run like a premium express passenger train. This is Tehachapi, Cajon Pass, the Los Angeles Area and the Bay Area at its best. The Needles Subdivision and Stockton Junction round out the action in this tribute to the Santa Fe_s various generations of the _Warbonnets'.To quote Model Railroad News, _I can_t think of a better way to spend an hour and a half...'To quote Railfan & Railroad magazine, _This prolific producer, specializing in high-quality, well researched and narrated, mostly vintage movie programs of operations mostly in the Golden State has brought back to life the evolution of Santa Fe diesel motive power' Fans of the Santa Fe_s classic diesel era and the various incarnation of its locomotive paint schemes should find this program to be enjoyable, and likely required viewing.

$ 27.75
SCARLET & GREY MEMORIES CHARLES SMILEY 1 hour 40 minutes

Look back at the SP in the 1990's and even some earlier views of the 1970's. Visit the White Hills, Lompoc, and Santa Paula Branch and then follow the Saugus Local. SD-45 & Tunnel Motors, GP-35, 40, and 60's, Early EMD's, Old Alcos, and Early GE U-Boats. This DVD covers it all-Coastline trains, Tehachapi Line and Branchline trains.

$ 27.75
SOLDIER SUMMIT REFELECTIONS CHARLES SMILEY 1 hour 30 minutes

See vintage black and orange Rio Grande action and rare film of the RSD and _Alligator' ALCOs of the Utah Railway. Both the Rio Grande and the Utah Railway had a long history of hauling massive coal trains over the summit. These trains generally had helper sets of six or seven six-axle diesels to provide enough force to tackle the 2-percent grades and twisting curves. We bring all of this from many locations that often needed a good hike to reach. We visit several coal load-out facilities as guests and learn quite a bit of how efforts are made to keep this business clean and safe. This is quite a contrast to the old days and how the industry is perceived. The scenery is impressive. And it's even more enjoyable to railfans, as this busy line has two main tracks - and in some places, three tracks. Nothing could highlight the scenery like the passenger trains of the Rio Grande with their orange and silver F-units and glittering, domed, stainless-steel passenger equipment. Ride the Rio Grande Zephyr when the Rio Grande kept its passenger train while almost every other railroad threw their trains into the Amtrak nationwide system. See many stations, meets with freights and lots of Zephyr run-by action in the beautiful Wasatch Range. Learn the region_s history and the changes in the late 1990s. Heavy power, steep grades and massive helper sets were the rule. Watch Rio Grande, SP and finally UP power take over. Also, trackage-rights BNSF trains.

$ 27.75
SOUTHERN PACIFIC SCRAPBOOK CHARLES SMILEY 1 hour 30 minutes

Pre-merger SP in Arizona and California. Main and branchline action with grades, helpers, manifest, oilcan, beet, _boxcar' and stack trains. See Gila and Lordsburg districts from the 80s and 90s with cabooses, lower quadrant semaphores and on-train footage. See Donner Pass, Cuesta and the Coastline, Beaumont Hill, Tehachapi, Stockton, Elvas Junction, Tucson, Santa Cruz branch, Ione branch, Lompoc (Whitehills) branch, and much more. Don_t miss Stockton Junction with SP, Santa Fe and UP trains pounding all the crossing diamonds with in the days when it featured three railroads and an interlocking tower as well. This video has a parade of power. Grades, helpers, manifest freights, locals and much more. Remember the real Southern Pacific in this railfan's favorite SP video!

$ 25.75
SP BY THE BAY CHARLES SMILEY 1 hour 30 minutes

This re-release on DVD of a favorite video of the SP is revised and better than before. Lots of Bay area magic on the San Francisco Peninsula during various decades of SP operation. Final visions of late steam 'commutes' and freights down the 47-miles double-track main to San Jose. See the famous FM Trainmaster diesels with long, fast commute trains on three-minute headway operation in the seventies. Also Passenger Geeps and SDP45 action in commute service that has long disappeared.

$ 27.75
SP VINTAGE WEST CHARLES SMILEY 1 hour 15 minutes

This 1950 to 1978 feature brings the long-vanished SP visions out west. Cab-Forwards, early F-units and the snows on Donner Pass plus both sides of the beautiful Bay Area are in this video. See Tracy, Shasta, Colton, Sacramento, Tehachapi, Suisun Bay, Altamont Pass, Dunsmuir, Oakland, Berkeley, San Jose and much more. This is an interesting period of freight and passenger steam and early diesel power at its best! Don't miss the Coast Daylight, San Joaquin Daylight, mail trains and commutes behind steam and early diesels. See diesels from the early tiger stripe, Daylight colors, black widow, and finally scarlet & gray.

$ 28.75
SP WHEN CHARLES SMILEY SP When the Empire was Intact 1 hour 43 minutes

Vintage SP diesel action in the Siskiyou, Donner, Shasta, Bay Area, Stocton, Sacramento & Roseville areas. See EMD, ALCO and Baldwin power. Also shots of NWP branchline action.

$ 27.75
TEHACHAPI THE SP AND SANTA FE ERA CHARLES SMILEY 2 hours 38 minutes

Visit Tehachapi from the mid-60s to the mid-90s -- plus related regional locations such as Taylor Yard, Barstow Yard, Richmond Yard, Colton Crossing, Cajon Pass and the building of the SP Palmdale cutoff.Learn the intertwined history of all the featured locations that are all part of the greater Tehachapi story. See all the great power and vanished scenes,of pre-merger railroading at its best. We trace the history of how, and why, two railroads used the same mountain pass and how the line was built. Don't miss the wonderful vintage views of how SP opened the "Palmdale Cutoff" to better access Tehachapi. Our visit to neighboring Cajon Pass also brings lots of Santa Fe vintage freight action -- including a number of Passenger-Mail trains behind beautiful Warbonnet F7 and PA power. Many diesels were tested by the SP over the years to work on the demanding Tehachapi line in both "point", and especially "helper" service. Many failed to meet SP's expectations and we review those years in the 60s and 70s. See the demise of ALCO and the problems with early GE U-series diesels and how GE improved their products to eventually eclipse EMD in locomotive sales. This is a giant slice of railroading, with history, maps, narration -- and most of all, wonderful trains. These are scenes and visions that have all been swept away by the super-mergers (and laws effecting railfans) in 1995 and 1996. See how railroading was conducted before the work rules and equipment were all re-defined. This video consists of 1-hour and 32-minutes of vintage Kodak movie film shot from 1957 to 1988 -- plus an additional 1-hour and 06-minutes shot on video in the early 1990s. This is really two complete productions in one presentation.All this is with great sound in stereo. Don't miss all the flying sand, vertical smoke, noise and powerful action that made these two railroads once standout as the most popular two out west.

$ 26.75
TENNESSEE PASS CHARLES SMILEY Tennessee Pass 1 hour 39 minutes

See Tennessee Pass when it had heavy action. Helpers, foreign power with meets and 10,000 ton trains on 3% grades. This DVD covers Pueblo to Dotsero with pace-car great two camera coverage and history. There are Maps, graphics and beautiful scenery.

$ 27.75
THE HARD COAL ROADS - WHAT WENT WRONG CHARLES SMILEY 2 hours 1 minute

This is a look back in time to the "Anthracite" roads that once made the eastern rail scene more interesting and colorful. These principal roads were the Lehigh Valley, Jersey Central, Reading, D&H and the Erie Lackawanna Railroads. The common theme was their early success based on hauling anthracite coal from a unique area in Pennsylvania and the decline of that business. The last decade of these roads largely depended on a declining business in hauling "bridge traffic". The corporate history of these five roads is woven into a wealth of wonderful, all-color, railroading scenes. Our animated maps, made especially for our videos, are used to keep the viewer more informed. We explain all the mergers and some that almost came about. This railroading action has a grand look at five Class 1 rail lines that were independent until 1976. Our presentation is based on color movie film with its rich color rendering and digital enhancement to make it appear better than even the original. This is 1 hour and 40 minutes of five featured railroads that have disappeared along with highlights from three other regional railroads that faced the same fate. The closing chapter brings the beginning of Penn Central and its rapid failure that swept up the other roads in their northeast. This is a large slice of US railroading history with many "moving parts" -- from a lost but colorful era. An additional 20 minutes of previews of other titles were added to this DVD that review the northeast rail scene in the 1976 to 1996 timeframe. The total run-time of this DVD is 2-hours and 01-minute.

$ 26.75
UNION PACIFIC SCRAPBOOK CHARLES SMILEY 1 hour 40 minutes.

Marvel at the UP from the 50s to 1996. Lots of early diesels from many great locations. Both passenger and freight trains are featured in the pre- 1971 years. See Cajon Pass, Chicago, Wyoming, Afton Canyon, Cima Hill and much more. The older vintage UP power ranges from GP9s, GP30s, DD35 and DD40X models with a great variety of early and late GE units. This video also brings the C&NW as it was being folded into the expanding UP empire. See C&NW power in several paint schemes on home Chicago rails and far out west mixed into UP trains. More great action just after the UP took control of the SP. See UP trains on Tehachapi, Coast Line and Sunset Line.

$ 27.75
UNION PACIFIC VINTAGE WEST CHARLES SMILEY 1 hour 38 minutes

Visit eight states and see America's original line that helped build the west. Filmed by 14 different people over decades. Learn about E. H. Harriman's dramatic life and how he eventually put an empire together that resembles today's merged UP line. Follow the Harriman 1900 era to modern times from the phase out of steam to first and second generation diesels. The focal period is from 1960 to 1980 with the onslaught of rail mergers. See steam GP9s, E and F-units, Turbines, DD35, DD40s, U50s, SD24 and SD45s and many others with passenger and freights.

$ 27.75
WESTERN PACIFIC REMEMBERED CHARLES SMILEY 1 hour 47 minutes

Visit the Western Pacific from both sides of the San Francisco Bay down to Niles Jct. and then on the San Jose branch and return to Niles Jct. for a ride through Niles Canyon.Then from Altamont Pass we run to Stockton, Sacramento and all thegreat locations to Oroville. Oroville to Keddie brings more trains and great scenery. We run to Bieber on a freight and then return to Keddie to run to Portola. From Portola we ride locals to Reno and Loyalton. From there we review the run over the Great Basin Desert to Salt Lake City. See things that have been removed forever.This ambitious project brings all vintage, color movie scenes shot by6 cinematographers in 8 and 16-mm film. See film shot in the CZ cab and on locals and freight trains. Lots of scenes shot from trackside and other points of view. This will bring you what it was like to work for a fine railroad. We feature many special maps made for this video, train sounds and informative narration.

$ 27.75
WESTERN PACIFIC THE LAST DECADE CHARLES SMILEY 1 hour 8 minutes

WP diesels to the early 80s end of operation of the last major railroad built in the west! See the California Zephyr passenger trains, and mainline freights. Remember Oakland street-running, Stockton, Sacramento, the Feather River Canyon, the Nevada Desert and more. See the California Zephyr passenger trains, freight and many early EMD, ALCO Baldwin and early GE U-boats all over California. Learn the history of the Beckwourth Pass that was founded by the west's toughest mountain-man, James Beckwourth. See how the Western Pacific under the leadership of Jay Gould's son, George, carved out a niche right under Southern Pacific's nose! It also took the vision and persistence of Arthur W. Keddie to make things unfold. History and great trains are in this all-vintage video. Don't miss the Final-Four coverage of Western Pacific's last operational F-units in Altamont Pass and other locations on the San Jose Turn.

$ 25.75
WESTERN PACIFIC VINTAGE WEST CHARLES SMILEY 1 hour 30 minutes

See WP freight and passenger action like no previous video has ever provided. The 50s through the 1980 era are covered in lavish detail. See late-steam power and the early dieselization of the WP. The WP's history is covered with many scenes that have previously escaped the screen - until now! See the WP re-route and the purpose-built Oro Dam railroad used in building the dam. This section was from three different rail historians that captured what the others all missed as a monumental, and historic, event. Don't miss the Feather River Canyon, and High-Line action in this historical video on the WP. See the WP rail ferry and Feather River Railway steam powered logging line that was one of the few sources of WP's on-line traffic. One of WP's properties was the plucky Sacrameno Northern Railway that they bought in the late 1920s. We bring some great Sacramento Northern action shot by the historian, and prolific rail author, Harre Demoro in his teenage years. This is a wonderful look at Harre Demoro's young and artistic dedication to Bay Area history. See the Western Pacific's section of the California Zephyr trains, as operated from Oakland, California to Salt Lake City, Utah. Visit the CZ on-board, trackside and though yards and stations.

$ 27.75
YOUR COLORFUL SOUTHERN PACIFIC CHARLES SMILEY 1 hour 35 minutes

This was the Southern Pacific at work on the Yuma District of the Sunset Route. The best material from our discontinued video, Sunset Salutes, is combined with a wealth of newly discovered material to make this new DVD video. See mixed freights and _intermodal trains as well as locals and transfer freights. We also bring lots of foreign and pool-power. Visit the Imperial Valley lines to remember the Sugarbeet trains of the SP. Learn how the beet cars were loaded and follow the beets to Betteravia where they were processed at the Holly sugar plant. Beet trains handed off to the SMV Railroad at Guadalupe, CA are covered from the 1970s and 1992. And don't miss a cab ride on the SP-owned Carriso Gorge line just before hurricane Kathleen closed it to through traffic in 1976.

$ 27.75

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