With an SP lead helper put on a t Spark, Amtrak train No. 5 pauses at Truckee for passengers. The train's next stop will be in Colfax on the other side of the pass.
For a winter or two, the norm was for the spreader to load the #1 track with snow and let the flangers have some fun. On this February day the spreader has done its job and the 604 is nose plowi... (more)
Looking like a Star Wars scene In February of 2006 the weather was no different from a typical Sierra Nevada Winter. In this scene the UP 604 pauses in Truckee, CA while the storm continu... (more)
In Feb of 2011 Mother Nature was dumping on Truckee. As the snow falls UP 580 is trying to get into the battle...in the way is 2 feet of fresh snow. To overcome that the conductor is knee deep in ... (more)
Sleeping car passengers have their cameras at the ready as the westbound California Zephyr climbs into the Sierra Nevada Mountains and over Donner Pass.
Splitting the signals at West Truckee and gearing up for a long climb over Donner Pass, a westbound intermodal train chases the setting sun on National Train Day 2017.
It's somewhat appropria... (more)
Digging into the start of Donner Pass and its assault of the Sierra Nevada, a westbound intermodal train chases the setting sun on National Train Day 2017.
It's somewhat appropriate shooting ... (more)
Union Pacific's Jordan Spreaders work around the balloon track at Truckee, California. Truckee is the headquarters for snow fighting operations on Donner Pass. The balloon track is a key component... (more)
Railroading out here isn't easy. January 2017 brought much needed snow to the Sierra Nevada Mountains along with a variety of challenges for the Union Pacific Snow Fighters. In the days before thi... (more)
Throttling out of town to the beat of two non turbo-ed 645s, passing the icicle clad eaves of the old Truckee depot, a westbound flanger is making a 'Fulda flip'.
Winter professionals prevail…… After a long day on the hill Union Pacific's spreaders come home to Truckee after having returned the flow of commerce to Union Pacific's Sierra Crossing. After havi... (more)
UP 5377 West passes a stopped Z Train in Truckee on a frigid January afternoon just after a snow shower passed through town.