ACE: Stockton to San Josechronicles the operation of the Altamont Commuter Express (now called the AltamontCorridorExpress). Operating on former Southern Pacific and Western Pacific lines between Stockton and San Jose, California, the ACE carries over 1,400 commuters each day. Join us for a tour through scenic Altamont Pass, wooded Niles Canyon, the marshlands near Alviso, and more!
Every ACE station is included! Filmed in late 2005 and early 2006, this video also includes vintage photos of some of the locations ACE serves and a thoroughly researched historical narrative.
See ACE’s F40PH locomotives in action. Witness meets between ACE and Union Pacific trains on this mostly single-track route.
More than just a commute rail video, this action-packed production also includes footage of UP, BNSF, Amtrak California, California Northern, the Niles Canyon Railway, Caltrain, and Santa Clara County’s VTA light rail!
Building on the experience of our Caltrain 2005 video, for our next project we wanted to do something that hadn’t been done before. We chose to document the Altamont Commuter Express, or ACE, which carries approximately 1,400 passengers each day from San Joaquin Valley to Silicon Valley and back. Though the focus is on ACE, there is plenty of footage of other trains including Union Pacific and BNSF. This video is just under two hours in total length and includes two bonus chapters plus a still photo library.
Though not as well known as Tehachapi or Donner, Altamont Pass offers some very scenic mountain railroading. In addition to Altamont, the video shows trains running through wooded Niles Canyon and along the water near Alviso. We consulted with local historian Henry Bender to provide information on historic depots along the line, and included vintage still photos to show some of the locations ACE serves as they once were.
While primarily intended for railfans, there is enough information in this video to appeal to anyone with an interest in trains, rail travel, public transit, or the local history of the Southern Pacific, Western Pacific, and Union Pacific.
ACE: Stockton to San Josealso includes a bonus still photo library!