Winter's Professionals prevail. One year ago snow accumulations on California's Sierra Nevada was pushing record numbers, a welcome relief from a handful of well below average years of drought thr... (more)
Amtrak's westbound California Zephyr train No. 5 climbs Donner Pass on its way to Emeryville, Calif., from Chicago. Photo taken from Silver Lariat, a privately owned CB&Q business car.
Tight fit for the Zephyr... The Emeryville-bound westbound Zephyr No. 5 slices through a countless number of tunnels on Union Pacific's Donner Pass route in northern California. Photo taken... (more)
Deep within the trees of the Sierra foothills, faded armour yellow and warn out UP wings catch the last rays of afternoon sunlight as an east bound manifest, bound for Roper, UT, blasts out of a t... (more)
It's difficult to not get identical looking scenes all through the higher Sierras with such a high amount of pine trees all around the UP main lines. Here an eastbound empty grainer climbs the num... (more)
Descending the grade at Emigrant Gap on a freshly fallen snow morning and approaching the start of double track for the rest of the trip down into Roseville.
As evening sets in over the Sierra, accompanied by a thick layer of low clouds, a meet between east and west takes places at Norden. As the eastbound MRVNP's rear dupes prepare to ease into what r... (more)
Amtrak #6 rounds the curve in Alta, CA on a warm summer afternoon.
Rounding the reverse curve in Alta and throttling back up on the grade after receiving a clear signal is Amtrak #6 on a cold afternoon in the Sierras. The snow is beginning to melt and the red cla... (more)
Climbing the number 2 track up the Sierra Nevada foothills, on a warm summer morning, tunnel threading between 15 and 16. The Sierra Nevada foothills to me are like paradise on earth for a rail ph... (more)
Dreams Do Come TrueSometimes its better to be lucky than good. This was my first trip to Donner Pass, a place I'd dreamt of seeing ever since I was young child, and I get to shoot ... (more)
The Sierra Scenic, Key Tours Bay Area to Reno and return over Donner Pass train, drifts down from Cape Horn and rounds into Colfax on its return from Reno.
After cresting the Summit, a Union Pacific Z double and single Stack begins the long slide down the western side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Roseville.
A Union Pacific Refrigerated Express highballs through Boca, east of Truckee on a beautiful winter day The Little Truckee River comes out of the tunnel and meets The Truckee River which continues ... (more)
On a very cold morning eastbound Union Pacific Z, stacks and TOFC, rolls downhill through Boca to Reno.