On a cold winter evening, the railroad has sprung to life. An eastbound grain train has pulled up to Switch 9 to wait for the passing MNPRV. Tucked in the middle of all this action is the rotary s... (more)
Rotaries Return to Donner Pass! After a record year for precipitation in Northern California, the rotaries have returned to Donner Pass. SPMW 207, a rebuilt rotary snow fighter, holds the... (more)
The Union Pacific Jordan Spreaders, huge in their own right, are dwarfed by the sheer size of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. This spreader set will work down to Fulda, where it will take the balloon... (more)
A 116-car QRVNPP grinds up the western slope of the Donner Pass Route near Emigrant Gap, California. This train made slow progress between Colfax and Switch 9, where it was held for the westbound ... (more)
After receiving a few inches of fresh powder overnight, the Bear River Valley has been transformed into a winter wonderland. Passengers aboard Amtrak's California Zephyr get to take in these beaut... (more)
California Zephyr #5 rolls down the west slope of the Sierras, about to pass underneath Interstate 80 in Emigrant Gap.
97 ethanol empties from East Oakland, CA to Shamrock, KS charge up Donner Pass, which has seen more snow this season then the pass did all of last season! El Nino sure is promising for the Califor... (more)
UP 5817 leads a IOAOGX-16 through Emigrant Gap as it starts its decent down the west slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains
Drifting westbound down through Emigrant Gap, a Union Pacific Z train leaves the Big Hole at the summit behind.
Amtrak train #5, the westbound San Francisco Zephyr, passes through Emilgrant Gap in the high Sierra on March 18th, 1978. Led by SDP40Fs 598 and 620, this train is just a couple hundred mi... (more)
Battered Union Pacific AC4400CW no. 7211 assists an eastbound over Donner Pass - roaring in run 8 high over Bear Valley and the South Yuba River.
High above the Bear River Valley, the ZG2LT glides down Donner Pass on a warm February day in 2013. This was the "trouble train" of the day, and the crew was busy trying to remedy lots o... (more)
Running more than 3,5 h late CalZeph no. 5 will meet its counterpart a minute later at Emigrant Gap siding.
One of Union Pacific's prized dome cars, the "Harriman", trails UP 844 as it heads west down Donner Pass near Emigrant Gap, California.
(Emigrant Gap, California, not Nevada)
The ZG2OA gets moving again after flagging the signal at CP RV171 (Switch 9). The new priority UPS Z train only has six cars on this Sunday morning. This ar... (more)