Imagine this. You're Dispatcher 74 and haven't been able to run trains between Shed 47 and Switch 9 all day. The spreaders just toned you up and gave back the #2 track between Norden and Shed 10, but they will still occupy the #1 track. Eastbound you have a ZOAG2, ZLTG2, ZDLCYP and MRVNP near Switch 9. Westbound you have a MNPRV, ZG2OA, and Amtrak 5 which has been sitting at Shed 47 for over 5 hours. Who do you run first? Needless to say, Dispatcher 74 and the corridor manager were antsy at this point. After the string of eastbound Z trains raced over the mountain, it was time for the westbounds. Here, the MNPRV tries to keep a good pace as it is wedged between Amtrak 5 and the ZG2OA in the first westbound fleet of the day.
California has some of the best mountain scenes in America. The photos in this album will include images from Donner Pass and the Feather River Canyon, which will show how Union Pacific really is the “Pride of the Sierras”.