Keeping up with snow on the Sierra has been apart of railroading on the mountain since the rails of the Central Pacific arrived in the 1860s. Methods have come and gone, and those that have worked... (more)
Returning from a morning run over the Sierra, Union Pacific's 'lead' spreader set slips through the curves just west of Truckee, Union Pacific's home base for snow operations on Donner Pass. The t... (more)
The CP is working on clearing the drifts on their Sheldon Sub between Mason City and Sheldon. Here the crew has their hands full as they make a few passes at this drift east of Wesley. Using a GP4... (more)
When setting the wing to push the drift back, one has to be very careful not to take too much snow. Get too much snow can cause the Jordan to lean and derail. Here the crew has the Jordan leaning ... (more)
Nothing works better for a snow fence than a bunch of cars on the south side of the tracks. At Wesley these tanks cars have been here a long time, so the Jordan burying them alittle more today pro... (more)
Inclement months on the Sierra present many operating challenges and while modern machines and technology have streamlined certain operations in the face of winter's worst intentions, these months... (more)
After cutting through the build up of several winter storms the UP snow fighters have returned the movement of revenue trains through the snow belt. The spreaders worked in tandem down to Shed 10 ... (more)
Continuing in traditions initiated over the decades by the Central Pacific and later Southern Pacific, snow fighting is simply a way of life during inclement months on the Roseville Subdivision. F... (more)
CP Ramp Flat 411000 hauls a spreader west
Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley's Railfan Day activities included a Jordan Spreader demonstration.
Illinois Central 1929 Spreader #X9151
Yet another interesting piece of rolling stock that can be found at the Monticello Railway Museum is this 1929 IC survivor - a Jordan Spreader.
old SPMW 4033 Jordan Spreader at the wye in the yard of Oakridge
A unique view of a Jordan Spreader.
SPMW Jordan Spreaders #4031 and #4030 sit in Union Pacific's snow service yard in Truckee, CA. While they are owned by Union Pacific now, the Spreaders retain their SPMW reporting mark, which indi... (more)