.Amtrak No. 5 the westbound California Zephyr is lead by a clean Union Pacific SD70AH, no. 8849. The Zephyr is down by 6 Hours and 55 minutes at Truckee Ca. No. 5 slides down the western Slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains at Soda Springs after cresting Donner Pass.
California-bound rail travelers from the east have three choices to reach the Golden State: California Zephyr, Southwest Chief, Sunset Limited/Texas Eagle. A look back through the years including the now-defunct Desert Wind