In this premiere release from 7idea Productions, you'll travel though Oregon's scenic Cascade Mountain Range along the former Southern Pacific line. Now operated by the Union Pacific, the Cascade Line is still a vital link between the Pacific Northwest and California.
Union Pacific's Cascade Sub Part I:
Eugene to Cascade Summit
Part I of this two-part video series covers the 113 miles of track between Eugene, Oregon and Cascade Summit. The railroad climbs 4,422 feet in elevation in the process. Railroaders refer to this line as "The Hill" and you will see why. Numerous tunnels, rock sheds, bridges, horse shoe curves and 40 miles of 1.6% gradient winding though thick mountain forests makes this a place you'll not soon forget. You will witness heavy manifests with manned and DPU helpers shoving hard! Catch piggyback trains and Amtrak's Coast Starlight at several locations. Many trains are identified by their symbols and you will learn where they originated and where they are going. The backdrop of Oregon's spectacular Cascade Mountain Range makes this section of the I-5 corridor a beautiful place to visit! Over three years in the making!
109 minutes with narration.
Union Pacific's Cascade Sub Part II:
Cascade Summit to Klamath Falls
Continuing our journey along this historic Southern Pacific line, Union Pacific's Cascade Sub Part II features big time railroading in the high country of Southern Oregon through all seasons! See trains roll through near white-out conditions on "The Hill." Watch a Pike M-2 clearing snow from the right-of-way near Kirk and some beautiful snow scenes on the east side of the Cascades. At Chemult, BNSF traffic mixes with the UP via trackage rights to Klamath Falls making for a nice variety of power including SD40-2's still in Cascade Green. Catch former Southern Pacific tunnel motors, UP's Heritage unit #1996 in Klamath Falls on her maiden voyage and some rare footage of the Swift Road Railer train at Calimus! Shot over a four year period in all types of weather, this DVD is packed full of great railroading action!
111 minutes with narration
A northbound UP manifest exits Rockshed 12 between Frazier and Cruzatte.
A southbound lumber train climbs through the lush forest at Diamond Creek Fill below Abernethy.
UP 4059 south passes "The Slide" below Fields.
UP 5800 lugs a heavy lumber train past milepost 555 at Fields.
A northbound West Colton to Portland manifest kicks up the snow in the pine forest south of Chemult.
UP 5883 leads an evening Roseville, CA to Eugene, OR train through Calimus.
BNSF 5231 South races through Algoma, just north of Klamath Falls.
Lights of a northbound manifest illuminate telegraph poles and a grain elevator at Chiloquin on a cold winter's night.