Charles Smiley Presents
Length: 2 hours 48 minutes + preview section
Time Period: 1960’s to 1990’s.
Locations: Caliente, Walong, Cajon Pass, Palmdale Cutoff, Barstow Yard, Taylor Yard, Bealville and much more..
Sources: T. Wegman, N. Rath, T. Jocelyn (Kodak film). J. Perry, G. Pagliaro (video)
Tehachapi Loop is one of the most famous railroad locations in the world. Rich in history, the area is a hotbed for; trains and railfan photographers. This show covers over 30 years. Southern Pacific and Santa Fe are the featured railroads. Charles often expands with a ‘above and beyond’ presentation style.
While there are a variety of Tehachapi titles on the market, and some are well done. The uniqueness of a Charles Smiley offering is worth consideration- even if you have others.
This new release could be definitive.
Let’s review and see for ouselves.
What is ‘The Money Shot’?…
The shot that everyone wants to see. This train will reveal all Santa Fe GP30 locomotives in the lashup. This is where a train passes over itself, on the Tehachapi Loop.
The Santa Fe F45 is captured in warm looking, California daylight.
There are plenty of Santa Fe pinstripe scheme diesels.
Charles performs the narrative. This is non scripted, and contains a master class on railroads.
Soundtrack has a large supply of natural and builder accurate locomotive sounds. Various musical backgrounds are another part of the audio. The narration is balanced with some non narrated trainwatching.
* This is frame by frame restoration. Charles has the goal of providing the best for viewers.
Santa Fe GE U36C locomotives and SP U33C class, are discussed.
Tehachapi: SP and Santa Fe era
Charles Smiley has the definitive Tehachapi program here. Combining vintage and modern, this high quality production is an immediate classic.
Railfans and model railroaders will find this new release a comprehensive overview of Tehachapi Loop, with surrounding areas.
This great show is easily in the top of the Charles Smiley Presents catalog.
Rating: 5 Stars