From the Museum Mailbag

“The General” Screening in Spring Valley

The railway preservation community is one that is far-reaching and all-encompassing.  Though we usually focus on the physical artifacts from the history of railroading, it is important to also remember the cultural impact that railroading has on our society.  The Association has learned of a unique opportunity to see one of railroading’s most iconic films: The General starring Buster Keaton.  Our friends at the Theater Organ Society of San Diego are hosting a night of fantastic music, movies, and even vintage automobiles at the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Spring Valley.  The General, a silent film classic in its own right, will be accompanied live on May 7th by renowned theater organist Christian Elliott just as it was performed with the film’s release in 1926.  More information on this unique opportunity is available on the Organ Society’s The General Flier or by emailing or calling 619-270-7981.  Tickets will go on sale at 6PM on May 7th at the door only.

Virtual Tour at Campo

Fresh off the development board, we have a new video that we would like to share with you.  One of our new members, George Cataulin from Left Coast Rail Videos in San Diego, has created a lovely virtual tour of the Campo facility which includes some fantastic aerial footage of the train as well as a walk through of the buildings and displays at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum.  We hope you will check it out.

The video is also posted on our website under the visitor information area and can be viewed by clicking here.  Highball!

Imperial Bird Arrives At Campo

Imperial Bird

After several months of hard work, the Pullman sleeper Imperial Bird has completed its journey from East Los Angeles to Campo.  From the logistical planning and partial disassembly to the movement and reassembly, PSRMA volunteers kept a careful eye on “the Bird” while she traveled to her new nest at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum.  The full history of the car, once one of the most luxurious accommodations offered on Union Pacific’s named trains, is now posted on our website along with a collection of photographs from the move to the Museum.  Many thanks are due to Pacific Railroad Society for their thoughtful donation and to Association members Robbie Smith, Martin Caestecker, John Shannon, and the Hyatt family for their efforts to ensure the car made it to Campo (which included rolling out both trucks, removal of the Waukesha ice engine and enginator, removal of the propane tank carrier, dissassembly of all four brake cylinders to make the trucks movable by truck, plus planning and coordination efforts).  Short term plans see the Bird’s interior cleaned up and the car put on interpretive static display for visitors to enjoy as a look into vintage sleeping car travel and accommodations.  When time and funds permit, Imperial Bird will again bear the Union Pacific’s iconic Armour Yellow and Harbormist Grey livery as part of a full interior and exterior restoration.