The Rocklin Rocket. Historically, trains have names. Classics such as the "California Zephyr" and "Super Chief" live in American folklore. Today, most trains are known... (more)
On a beautiful August evening, a monster-sized stack train drops downgrade through some fantastic Sierra Nevada scenery at Yuba Gap, passing through Tunnels 36 and 35. This train lost power from t... (more)
It doesn't get much more "Donner" than this! (Except for perhaps some SP Tunnel Motors or Cab Forwards). Climbing the same grade that trains have been battling for nearly 150 years, an e... (more)
UP 8912 leads a manifest eastbound as it approaches Tunnel 18 in Newcastle on a cold and dreary March day
Goooooood morning Donner! A short Z train eases down the east slope of Donner Pass, seconds from entering one of the parallel tunnels at Andover. Beautiful Donner Lake lies in the valley be... (more)
An empty unit coal train winds its way upgrade through a long series of curves and then out onto Butte Canyon Bridge, just west of Shed 10 on the west side of Donner Pass.
A late-running California Zephyr drops out of Shed 10 and across Butte Canyon Bridge on the long descent of the west slope of Donner Pass. Barely visible in the distance as a thin gray line above ... (more)
Union Pacific 7655 works hard as it pushes an empty grain train up the #2 track at Applegate. Intermodal trains cannot take the #2 track between Bowman and Colfax because tunnels like this one are... (more)
After experiencing power problems on Donner Pass, an eastbound grain shuttle has finally made it to Nevada as it passes through Mogul. This train is just barely outrunning a storm which has taken ... (more)
With most of the train over the top of Donner Pass and emerging from Tunnel 41, "The Big Hole", this eastbound stack continues on it's long journey to Chicago.
Westbound autos grind up the east side of Donner Pass and prepare to enter Tunnel 41, "The Big Hole".
Pick Your Road. Union Pacific 1983 leads the "Family Days" special down the Roseville Subdivision right next to Interstate 80. Often trains will fly by the cars which are stopped due to hea... (more)
On a very warm summer afternoon, an eastbound grain train flies up the #2 track of the Roseville Subdivision as UP 1983 brings the "Family Days" passenger special through Rocklin, California.
A clean BNSF SD70ACe, making a rare appearance on a California bound manifest, pokes out of Tunnel 18 at Newcastle, California on the famous Donner Pass Route.
Union Pacific 1988 charges up maintrack #1 of the Roseville Subdivision as it brings a long stack train through Applegate, California. The Katy will soon have to battle the fierce grades of Donner... (more)