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Photo ID: 635899

Early in the morning at Alta, CA, four big SD45s are cut into an SP eastbound to help lift this big manifest up the western slope of Donner Pass.

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD45
Location: Alta, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 8816
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: November, 1974


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Oct 27, 2017

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Photo ID: 537872

Climbing Donner's long western slope, two new GE ACs haul eastbound coal empties toward Utah for another load.

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: GE AC4400CW
Location: Alta, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 321
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: August, 1995


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Jul 10, 2015

Views: 3,442
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Photo ID: 424474

The znpoa passes through alta on its way to oakland. A light dusting of snow from the night before has providing a nice scene on this beautiful January morning.

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: GE ES44AC
Location: Alta, California, USA
Locomotive #: UP 5259
Train ID: ZNPOA
Photo Date: January 11, 2013


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By: Joe Minor

Added: Feb 10, 2013

Views: 1,617
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Photo ID: 415529

A Union Pacific manifest train descends Donner Pass, having just past under I-80, near Alta.

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: GE AC4400CW
Location: Alta, California, USA
Locomotive #: UP 6565
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: September 21, 2012


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By: Joe Gartman

Added: Nov 20, 2012

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Photo ID: 346491

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)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: GE ES44AC
Location: Alta, California, USA
Locomotive #: UP 7797
Train ID: IG4OA 17
Photo Date: November 20, 2010


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By: Steven M. Welch

Added: Nov 25, 2010

Views: 4,693
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Photo ID: 314536

The ZNPOA heads downgrade through Alta on its westward trip for Oakland.

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: EMD SD70ACe
Location: Alta, California, USA
Locomotive #: UP 8488
Train ID: ZNPOA
Photo Date: February 08, 2010


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By: Joe Minor

Added: Feb 17, 2010

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Photo ID: 308690

High above the American River heading East. This place is known by several names, American, Casa Loma, Rocky Point, CP Rawhide, among others

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD40T-2
Location: Alta, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 8558
Train ID: Eastbound Freight
Photo Date: June, 1994


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By: Drew Jacksich

Added: Dec 30, 2009

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Photo ID: 294339

With a mix of brake smoke, fog and smoke from fireplaces lingering in the forest air, a Westbound grain train creeps down Donner Pass on a wet February morning.

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: EMD SD9043MAC
Location: Alta, California, USA
Locomotive #: UP 8072
Train ID: GS5CFO-09
Photo Date: February 12, 2009


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By: Steven M. Welch

Added: Aug 18, 2009

Views: 2,753
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Photo ID: 225689

Climbing Eastward at Baxter, the weekday Reno Snow Train will soon be overlooking the American River.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Alta, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 116
Train ID: Reno Snow Train
Photo Date: February 26, 2008


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By: Drew Jacksich

Added: Mar 02, 2008

Views: 2,004
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Photo ID: 206273

Only about three months remained in the life of the Southern Pacific as AC4400CW rolled Westbound past Rocky Point (or American). #232 was among the last group of locomotives that would be purcha... (more)

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: GE AC4400CW
Location: Alta, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 232
Train ID: Westbound freight
Photo Date: May, 1996


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By: Drew Jacksich

Added: Oct 13, 2007

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Photo ID: 204397

A mid-train helper on a heavy manifest out of Ogden, Utah provides added braking power as the train negotiates the steep grade and numerous curves of Donner's western slope.

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD45
Location: Alta, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 8885
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: July, 1973


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Oct 02, 2007

Views: 2,370
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Photo ID: 189426

#6 is just past Alta, passing the townsite of Towle. This day E8 #326 (formerly UP 929A) led all the way over the hill without the usual FP7 -- I guess the weather, in SP's mind anyway, was not "a... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Alta, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 326
Train ID: San Francisco Zephyr
Photo Date: January, 1974


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By: Drew Jacksich

Added: Jun 06, 2007

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Photo ID: 188864

ex-SP, now belonging to Amtrak, #6453 is leading the Eastbound San Francisco Zephyr at Baxter. SP required Amtrak to use the F-units during "adverse weather" as they did not like the plows on the ... (more)

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD FP7
Location: Alta, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 6453
Train ID: Amtrak #6
Photo Date: January, 1975


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By: Drew Jacksich

Added: May 31, 2007

Views: 3,616
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Photo ID: 178324

On the long curve on which the SP enters the town of Alta from the West, SD40T2 #8288 has one other tunnel motor and three SD40's as it heads up Donner Pass

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD40T-2
Location: Alta, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 8288
Train ID: EB Freight
Photo Date: March, 1986


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By: Drew Jacksich

Added: Mar 07, 2007

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Photo ID: 172785

Conforming to SP's requirement that one of their former FP7 units lead the Zephyr over Donner Pass during "adverse" weather, #116 is leading two SDP40F's at Rocky Point, East of Alta, CA.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: EMD FP7
Location: Alta, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 116
Train ID: San Francisco Zephyr
Photo Date: February, 1976


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By: Drew Jacksich

Added: Jan 24, 2007

Views: 2,977
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