AMTK 97 (YESHIR!) continues to claw its way up the East slope of the Sierra Nevadas and Donner Pass, only about a mile from the 7,000 foot summit.
The snow is flying and an Eastbound stack train screams in dynamics dropping deep into Coldstream Canyon, after taking down the light at MP 198. The detector just 4 miles away gave us a "1-1 degre... (more)
A heavy Westbound stack train rides dynamics and air down the 2.24% grade of Donner Pass, while the snow keeps falling. Later on in the day, we'd lose power, and it'd be snowing 3 inches per hour.... (more)
Looking a lot like a Christmas card, the 1 spot leads the Westbound California Zephyr through a snowy Winter Wonderland on Donner Pass.
The flangers hold the #2 track at East Gold Run due to downed trees and power lines on the tracks ahead. I guess the magic of walking in Dorn's footsteps didn't hit me, as I only managed a wedgie.... (more)
I've been looking so long at these pictures of you... While hustling up I-80 East in our replacement rental Chevy Suburban, RP contributor Jim Thias found his favorite song "Pictures of You... (more)
Over a foot of heavy and wet snow clings to the granite of Donner Pass, while Amtrak 5 gently and quietly exits Tunnel 35 on its way down the mountain.
Roadwork on Interstate 80 continues and drivers head up and down the pass, while Amtrak #5 glides downgrade through Emigrant Gap.
Sleet falling drones out the sound of EMD and GE's thundering up the 1.6% grade out of Coldstream Canyon. The wet rails are giving this SD9043MAC some troubles, and their speed is down to 11MPH, l... (more)
Fall colors are barely visible through the thick fog that's surrounding the mountainscape of Donner Pass, while a Westbound enters the rock cut leading to Tunnel 36.
With four inches of Sierra Cement already on the ground, more snow continues to fall while a Westbound stack train prepares to emerge from the ten thousand foot Tunnel 41.
Rain falling doesn't stop the Eastbound Stockton to Provo trackage rights train from heading downhill along the Truckee River at Glenshire.
After I trudged through two feet of Sierra Cement, I was greeted by a UP 7431 leading a Westbound I train out of Tunnel 36.
A heavy Westbound manifest battles towards the summit of Donner Pass, on a beautiful September morning. Lets hop in a time machine and go back to the early 1980's when Southern Pacific SD45's roam... (more)
Two GE's hustle an Eastbound empty grain train towards Shed 47, with the big puddle called Donner Lake in the background.