(Pentrex VHS 62 Min. video)/No Longer Available in VHS
Geared locomotives were used by
the Sugar Pine Railroad between 1909 and 1965 to haul logs from the
Stanislaus River Canyon to the Pickering lumber mill some 70 miles away. The
challenges facing this operation led to what may be considered the most
spectacular logging railroad show in California's history.
This unique video documents Pickering‹¨«s operation through the
recollections of two brothers who worked on the railroad from 1920 to 1942.
Manny Marshall was a locomotive engineer; his "kid brother", Tom, was first
a brakeman and later a conductor.
The early history of the railroad, with its wrecks, run-away trains, and the
rickety incline tramways of the Empire City Narrow Gauge feeder line, is
presented through more than 100 rare and previously unpublished photographs.
16mm color film from Catenary Video Productions‹¨« archives looks at the
camps where steam donkey loading is shown in detail and then follows the
swaying loads on their trips to the mill.
Roadbeds carved out of vertical granite cliffs present a mighty challenge to
Pickering's Pacific Coast Shay No. 11 as it tows 17 log cars in a double
headed battle up the adverse grades of the "Peeled Onion." Five other geared
locomotives are shown in action, as well as rare footage shot from within
the cabs. Full sound effects and original music underscore this fascinating
retrospective of Pickering's Sugar Pine Railroad.
62 minutes ‹¨« VHS / Black and White, Color and full sound track.
Produced by Pentrex