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Southern Pacific in the San Fernando Valley 1876-1996
David Coscia
SP Historical Technical Societ
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2018-09-03 00:00:00
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Southern Pacific in the San Fernando Valley


By David Coscia.

Hardcover with dust jacket, 11x8.5" landscape format, 480 pages. 2018.

from the Southern Pacific Historical-Technical Society:

"Located north of the Los Angeles basin, the San Fernando Valley was home to a portion of both the San Joaquin main line and the Coast main line, as well as the entire Burbank Branch.

"The author traces the history of Southern Pacific in the area from the 1850s when it just an idea, the construction of both main lines and the branch line, through the operational history of the railroad, to the end of the Southern Pacific in 1996. Iconic locations such as Glendale station, Burbank Junction, and the three tunnels in Chatsworth through Santa Susana Pass were the stomping grounds of both famous and unknown photographers. Many of the photographs are published for the first time.

"The steam era covers little 4-4-0s to massive cab-forwards. The diesel era covers the freight and passenger locomotives that dieselized the railroad to the end of the line with SD70Ms and AC4400s.

"One chapter is dedicated to other railroads in the valley including Amtrak, Metrolink, quarry railroads and two monorails. You'll enjoy thirty-two pages of full-color photography, from Daylight locomotives to the last days of scarlet and gray."