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Photo ID: 603775

Wide winging at Yuba Pass… After battling blizzard conditions the previous two days on the Sierra finally a break in the weather greets Union Pacific's snow fighters as they dig out Union Pacific'... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: Jordan Spreader
Location: Donner Pass, California, USA
Locomotive #: SPMW 4034
Train ID: WTKTKF-11
Photo Date: January 11, 2017


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By: Ryan S.

Added: Jan 20, 2017

Views: 2,767
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Photo ID: 603483

As the final trace of daylight saturates the lingering clouds over the summit of the high Sierra Amtrak's eastbound California Zephyr passes through Soda Springs, just west of Norden. Even running... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Donner Pass, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 199
Train ID: AMT 6-13
Photo Date: January 13, 2017


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By: Ryan S.

Added: Jan 17, 2017

Photo of the Week

Views: 4,821
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Photo ID: 603242

On a beautiful winter's afternoon near the top of Donner Pass a westbound Union Pacific double stack train approaches Norden as the dense Sierra fog begins to roll in. Looming over the scene and a... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: GE AC4400CW
Location: Donner Pass, California, USA
Locomotive #: UP 6839
Train ID: IOGOA-14
Photo Date: January 15, 2017


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By: Ryan S.

Added: Jan 16, 2017

Views: 3,186
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Photo ID: 603241

54" for Norden…between 00:00 on Monday January 9th and 00:00 Tuesday January 10th 54" of fresh snow fell at Norden at the top of Union Pacific's Sierra crossing. While not the most snow ... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: EMD SD70AH
Location: Donner Pass, California, USA
Locomotive #: UP 8842
Train ID: MRVRO-13
Photo Date: January 15, 2017


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By: Ryan S.

Added: Jan 16, 2017

Views: 1,182
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Favorited: 21

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Photo ID: 603062

After a morning 'Fulda flip' an eastbound flanger returns to Truckee, passing through the snow caked pine groves near the old SP station of Cisco.

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: EMD GP38-2
Location: Donner Pass, California, USA
Locomotive #: UP 602
Train ID: WTKTKF-14
Photo Date: January 14, 2017


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By: Ryan S.

Added: Jan 15, 2017

Views: 2,779
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Favorited: 36

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Photo ID: 602916

Snow fighting across a continuous ridge…… When selling his crossing of the Sierra to Central Pacific's 'Big Four' Theodore Judah promoted the idea that his railroad would follow a continuous ridge... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: Jordan Spreader
Location: Donner Pass, California, USA
Locomotive #: SPMW 4034
Train ID: WTKTKF-13
Photo Date: January 13, 2017


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By: Ryan S.

Added: Jan 14, 2017

Views: 3,747
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Favorited: 38

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Photo ID: 597504

A westbound Union Pacific Z train emerges from the west portal of tunnel #1 near the old station of Knapp on the western slope of Donner Pass. Tunnel #1 is one of only a few 'Harriman era' double ... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: GE ES44AC
Location: Donner Pass, California, USA
Locomotive #: UP 7938
Train ID: ZNPOA-12
Photo Date: December 14, 2015


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By: Ryan S.

Added: Nov 27, 2016

Views: 793
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Favorited: 7

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Photo ID: 597503

As afternoon fades to evening the howl of dynamics pierce the snow cap calm on the western slope of the Sierra, within moments the source of intruding sound peaks around the curve having just pass... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: GE ES44AC
Location: Donner Pass, California, USA
Locomotive #: UP 7850
Train ID: ZG2LT-05
Photo Date: January 07, 2016


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By: Ryan S.

Added: Nov 27, 2016

Photo of the Week
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Views: 17,528
Comments: 17

Favorited: 119

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Photo ID: 596964

As a new storm front moves over northern California and the Sierra Nevada range Union Pacific prepares for mother natures worst intentions. Running as the first line of defense to contend with the... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: EMD GP38-2
Location: Donner Pass, California, USA
Locomotive #: UP 602
Train ID: WTKTKF-10
Photo Date: December 11, 2015


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By: Ryan S.

Added: Nov 21, 2016

Views: 1,635
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Favorited: 23

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Photo ID: 596963

With the mountain again clear after a early morning run west to Shed 10, Union Pacific's 'lead' spreader set drifts through Soda Springs, following closely behind the 'broken wing' spreader. The s... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: Jordan Spreader
Location: Donner Pass, California, USA
Locomotive #: SPMW 4032
Train ID: WTKTKF-14
Photo Date: December 14, 2015


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By: Ryan S.

Added: Nov 21, 2016

Views: 2,555
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Favorited: 25

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Photo ID: 585303

The Only Way to Fly!

The Southern Pacific's crossing of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in northern California is spectacular, and riding Amtrak's California Zephyr is a sp... (more)

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD45
Location: Donner Pass, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 9012
Train ID: Westbound
Photo Date: May 19, 1974


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By: Craig Walker

Added: Aug 08, 2016

Views: 1,291
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Photo ID: 572989

Sierra 'dupe' 5287 leads a four pack of SD70Ms and the westbound ZNPOA out of Truckee on the final leg of the climb up the eastern slope of the Sierra. Nestled under the tall pines in the backgrou... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: GE ES44AC
Location: Donner Pass, California, USA
Locomotive #: UP 5287
Train ID: ZNPOA-10
Photo Date: December 12, 2015


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By: Ryan S.

Added: Apr 13, 2016

Views: 2,558
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Favorited: 10

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Photo ID: 572988

Keeping up with snow on the Sierra has been apart of railroading on the mountain since the rails of the Central Pacific arrived in the 1860s. Methods have come and gone, and those that have worked... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: Jordan Spreader
Location: Donner Pass, California, USA
Locomotive #: SPMW 4030
Train ID: 2WTKTKF-07
Photo Date: January 07, 2016


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By: Ryan S.

Added: Apr 13, 2016

Views: 5,173
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Favorited: 34

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Photo ID: 572615

Returning from a morning run over the Sierra, Union Pacific's 'lead' spreader set slips through the curves just west of Truckee, Union Pacific's home base for snow operations on Donner Pass. The t... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: Jordan Spreader
Location: Donner Pass, California, USA
Locomotive #: SPMW 4031
Train ID: WTKTKF-14
Photo Date: December 14, 2015


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By: Ryan S.

Added: Apr 10, 2016

Views: 3,144
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Favorited: 15

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Photo ID: 562180

Inclement months on the Sierra present many operating challenges and while modern machines and technology have streamlined certain operations in the face of winter's worst intentions, these months... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: Jordan Spreader
Location: Donner Pass, California, USA
Locomotive #: SPMW 4031
Train ID: WTKTKF-07
Photo Date: January 07, 2016


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By: Ryan S.

Added: Jan 15, 2016

Views: 1,757
Comments: 0

Favorited: 10

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