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)
For only the second time in the last 20 years, UP brought out their rotaries to fight the Sierra Cement over Donner Pass. The newly rebuilt rotary #207 enters the shed at Norden.
SPMW 207 passes under the last remaining searchlight signal bridge on Donner Pass as it clears the heavy "Sierra Cement" from track #1. The rotaries would plow snow all the way to the Bi... (more)
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 tracks between Norden and Shed 10,... (more)
Another cold day in the High Sierras draws to a close but the action is just beginning for the Union Pacific Railroad. Throughout the day, the Truckee-based Jordan Spreaders were working to clear ... (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 we... (more)
The 110th Snowiest City in the United StatesBringing up the rear of a Southern Pacific freight as it crosses Donner Pass on M... (more)
Amtrak #5 has made quick work of the eastern slope of Donner Pass and will now roll down the hill towards Roseville.
Skiers and snowboarders are enjoying a sunny winter day as the Union Pacific ZG2LT exits the snowshed at Norden, California.
A late Roper trundles up the hill passing under the last set of searchlights on Donner.
The last set of searchlights bracket the double track main line as a UP stack train battles the blizzard conditions prevailing the summit of Donner Pass.
UP's Global 3 to Oakland Stacker battling the harsh conditions near Donner Summit. Notice the last active searchlight bridge on Donner Pass in the background. Brrrrrr!
Amidst heavy snowfall, the Donner flanger set eases to a stop for a red at Norden. While there, a member of the crew braves the elements to try to clear some ice and caked snow off the flanger.
Guillermo Sanchez © 2014
Late afternoon finds the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada's glowing in the finally rays of a September day. The quiet calm enjoyed by hikers and mountain bikers today was once the scene of great... (more)