Every once in a while they bring out a ballast regulator to do some light cleaning. Most of the time the regulator helps clean up Truckee MOW Yard as the snow gets too heavy up on top. On this d... (more)
On March 15th Union Pacific brought out the refurbished/upgraded rotary for some testing. The Truckee MoW employees loaded up the #1 track with snow from East Norden up to the 'Big Hole'. The weat... (more)
Popping out of the Norden snowshed into the late afternoon sun, a westbound intermodal train has crested Donner Pass and will soon battle gravity for the 40-odd mile descent to the California lowl... (more)
Passing beneath the last Southern Pacific searchlight signal bridge on the Sacramento Division, a westbound intermodal train has crested Donner Pass and will soon battle gravity for the 40-odd mil... (more)
Running a bit late on its eastbound trip across Donner Pass, Amtrak's California Zephyr is about to duck into the snowshed at Norden. Trailing is Budd observation car "Dagny Taggart", formerly NYC... (more)
Exiting the brief dark of the Norden snowshed, Amtrak's westbound California Zephyr (with a heritage unit trailing) continues its westbound trek after the long climb out of Truckee.
Uncle Pete's fleet of GEVOs isn't just limited to the head end of trains- here we see #5275 trailing as DPU on a westbound stack train over Donner Pass. The unit is ducking under the last Souther... (more)
"Bricks", "Bongas", "Espee Heritage Units"... Call them what you will, but Union Pacific's dirty fleet of ES44ACs has certainly proved its worth. Here #5256 leads two more ES44ACs and two SD70s o... (more)
A UP Eastbound just past the Norden snowsheds on Donner Pass.
Union Pacific Eastbound just past the Norden snowsheds on the way to the big hole.
Eastbound Union Pacific emerging from the Norden snowsheds.
SPMW 209 ducks under the last remaining searchlight signal bridge on Donner Pass. Meanwhile, skiers enjoy perfect snow conditions at the nearby Sugar Bowl Ski Resort.
Amtrak Train #5 at Norden exiting the 10,322' long "Big Hole" tunnel that is bored under Mount Judah between Soda Springs and Eder.
UP 2556, leading an eastbound stack, sits at Norden while waiting for Amtrak Train #5 to exit the "Big Hole" tunnel under Mount Judah between Soda Springs and Eder.
Thirteen feet of snow has fallen across Donner Pass this season, making 2017 the third snowiest winter in recorded history (according to up.com). With the Feather River Route closed for months due... (more)