Interurban & Electric
Last Run of the Amador Central/DVD
A local freight railroad which ran 11.79 miles between a connection with the Southern Pacific at Ione to Martell, California, the Amador Central was run and operated by the Georgia Pacific Lumber Company. With outbound traffic of lumber and forest products, this railroad served as an important source of transportation. But in 1997, the plant and the railroad were sold, the plant was converted for particle board manufacturing, and the railroad eventually closed. We follow the last few days of operation on the Amador Central to its last day of service on March 28, 1997.
The McCloud offers it all. Located in Northern California in the shadow of Mt. Shasta, the McCloud Railway's busy freight operation carries lumber in this heavily forested area. But there's more. A steam excursion, running year round, makes this a popular tourist railroad as well. Nothing is quite like seeing, or riding aboard, the steam train in the deep winter snow. But then again, the summer dinner train does offer its own advantages.
Northwestern Pacific - Volume 1/DVD
The Northwestern Pacific has served as an important rail link in Northern California since 1907. After a brief absence during which the California Northern ran on the line from Willits to Schellville, the Northwestern Pacific made a comeback in 1996. Join us for the celebration festivities which included a three-day excursion in June 1996 and follow freight movements north and south over the line. Volume 1 explores the southern portion of the line, where trains traverse steep grades and glide through pastoral landscapes.
Pacific Harbor Line/DVD
The Pacific Harbor Line services the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach with rail transportation, maintenance, and dispatching. The PHL switches over 25,000 units of carload freight annually and also provides switching services for several intermodal port customers including SeaLand, K-Line, Evergreen America, Maersk, and NYK Line. Pacific Harbor Line has ten locomotives in its roster including GP7s, SD-18s, and SW1200s. Company headquarters and locomotive servicing facilities are located in Wilmington, CA. The PHL connects to and dispatches all Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Union Pacific trains in the port zone.
Steam Returns to Vermont/DVD
In late July and early August 1998, New York, Susquehanna & Western 2-8-2 #142 returned steam to Vermont to power the Green Mountain Flyer between Bellows Falls and Chester. It weas the first public excursion headed by steam power in Vermont since 1983, and it was reason for a celebration. Join us for steam in the Green Mountain State.
Vermont Railway System/DVD
In 1997, three Vermont shortlines joined to form the Vermont Rail System, formerly known as the Vermont Railway, the Green Mountain Railroad, and the Claredon and Pittsford Railroad, this new affiliation offers both freight and passenger service. Join us for a look at all action in Vermont.
The Yolo Shortline is both a working freight railroad and an excursion railroad. Machines of Iron traveled along on one of Yolo's train and cruise excursions. Visitors board the train behind a former Southern Pacific steam locomotive for a trip through the beautiful Sacramento Valley. A train robbery is staged for the passengers and a great time is had by all. Those who desire can then board a steamboat traveling on the Sacramento River and enjoy a good meal and onboard entertainment.
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