Slowing as it enters Newcastle, SPMW 207 leads the rotary consist toward Tunnel 18 where it will be walked into the western portal by MOW personnel.
Sandwiching a mock high-speed locomotive acting as a display for the future of California's high-speed rail, SP 2467, a 4-6-2 built for the Southern Pacific in 1921, and SPMW 205, a 1920-built rot... (more)
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)
A Southern Pacific caboose, Chicago Northwestern boxcars and an original Southern Pacific rotary sailing by...could this scene be any better (probably with some snow, sure, but that's for later)? ... (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.
SMPW 207, Union Pacific's rebuilt rotary that has only plowed through snow once since entering revenue service, meets Donner's venerable snowpack once again as it crawls through the center siding ... (more)
As the afternoon light quickly disappears over Emigrant Gap, SPMW 209, one of Southern Pacific's original rotary snow plows, sits quietly with its rear-marker lights on and its respective B-unit i... (more)
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)
The legendary rotary snowplows have returned to Donner Pass. California has been hammered with numerous storms this winter. All of these storms have wreaked havoc across the Donner Pass Route. Fro... (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)
Rotary OY approaches Coxo crossing below Windy Point. The snow is not very deep here, but deeper drifts lay ahead on Cumbres pass.
UP starts the 2007 year off with a Rotary Plow on the KP line.
After a break for some servicing, the rotaries rev up again to head east to Truckee, CA for their overnight stay and then return the following day to do #1 track.
The rotary showed a slight sign of life after 10 years of dormancy as it plows out the bank off of the #2 track.