Struggling upgrade at Emigrant Gap, 5 SP tunnel motors and one SD9 are passing the once important station on the SP. The sixth unit, an SD9, is equipped with an icicle breaker to clear ice from t... (more)
EB about to pass under I-80.
Due to the Nixon gas shortage, I was not able to get a lot of photos of the E-units while they were on the Zephyr but I did get this as the train passes thru Emigrant Gap and out onto Smart Ridge.... (more)
Westbound 8541 West of Emigrant Gap but still nex to the gap's center siding. The train is approaching Fulda, the location of the balloon track for the West side of Donner Pass.
For whatever reason, now lost to memory, SP added two SD45's to the 5 FP7's and one F7B already on the Fun Train. The train is passing thru "the Gap" as it crosses from the watershed of the South ... (more)
Considered by some to be the ugliest train to ever cross Donner Pass. the Sierra '49er Express replaced the fun train for the 1990-91 season. Transisco went bankrupt in April of '91. The locomotiv... (more)
We NorCal railfans have been waiting for the UP Olympic Units to return together for 4-1/2 years. This finally happened last week with an inbound AGBMI and outbound ASJNP autorack train roundtrip.... (more)
UP 5817 winds it's way through the meanest mountain pass in the West, Donner Pass. To think that the CP carved out a railroad through these mountains with pick's and primitive explosives really bo... (more)
Amtrak 5 in the days of F40's approaches Emigrant Gap after a fresh snow. This is single track now, although UP has plans to relay the second track someday.
Amtrak # 5, running a bit late, heads through the beautiful scenery of Donner Pass in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Lake Spaulding can be seen to the left of the train in the distance.
SP 8936 rolls downgrade toward the underpass under Interstate 80.
A dirty lead locomotive leads a westbound manifest back to double track at Switch 9
Amtrak's westbound California Zephyr passes Switch 9 in Donner Pass on the former SP Roseville Sub.
I took this picture from the top of the tunnel portal. I'd only been there a few minutes when this train showed up.