Donner Pass Shed 10
Snowshed s once lined almost the entire distance from Yuba Gap to Donner Summit. This intensive use of sheds led to severe smoke problems, and as snow fighting tech... (more)
Donner Pass Shed 10
Climbing the granite Sierra Nevada Mountains is a battle that has existed since 1869. Chinese immigrant laborers hand chiseled this railroad to open America. The rail... (more)
An eastbound UP intermodal climbs up to the Norden snow shed, passing under the signal bridge.
An eastbound intermodal struggles up the last couple miles to the summit of Donner Pass with endangered searchlights overhead. New replacement signals are set up behind where I was standing for th... (more)
Exercising trackage rights over UP's "Sierra Crossing" (formally the Roseville Subdivision) as the QPVBCJ 04, BNSF H PVOSTO1 04A emerges out from the Norden snow sheds to begin the long ... (more)
Westbound freight rolls down towards Yuba Gap.
Eastbound freight emerges from the wooden snowshed at Norden.
A sudden blizzard occured just when SP 8566 emerged from the wooden snowshed at Norden.
Emerging from the wooden snowshed at Norden.
Westbound UP stack train stops at Truckee for a brief moment as light sow begins to fall. The spreader off to the left are at the ready if they are needed for heavy snow removal over the pass.
C&NW Dash 9 No. 8638 leads SP and Rio Grande power on a westbound SP grain train at Yuba Gap. Lots of ties have been replaced recently in this part of the Donner line.
"Highball the 1995." On a clear spring afternoon, Union Pacific 1995 (the Chicago & Northwestern heritage unit) rockets westbound out of Truckee while Amtrak's California Zephyr p... (more)
For as long as I can remember, the MOGRV (previously known as the MRORV) was a "junk train". It had relatively low priority and was usually comprised of a mishmash of boxcars, gondolas a... (more)
The Chicago & North Western Transportation Company (CNW) operated for over 130 years. Based in Chicago, this Class 1 Railroad primarily served the heart of the Midwest, including the states of Iow... (more)