A Union Pacific Flanger works through Soda Springs. A nice weather window to get some track grooming done before the snows hit again.
It can be difficult to comprehend the size of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Trains, massive in their own right, seem to to be dwarfed by the endless snow covered peaks of the Donner Pass Route. Uni... (more)
Ex Southern Pacific, GP 38-2 No. 580, undergoes needed servicing at Union Pacific's Locomotive Maintenance Operations in Roseville California.
After an enduring night of flanging the hill between Truckee and Blue Canyon the crew takes the Flanager Set around the balloon once more before tying it down and handing it off to the 12th's crew... (more)
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.
Imagine the view from the cab! Imagine what I looked like after the flanger passed me! Just another typical day cleaning up the rails on Donner.
UP's flanger set makes a second run over the summit of Donner Pass during a mid winter snow storm.
An unseasonably wet storm hit Donner Pass the first week of February 2014 bringing snow only as low as Baxter during the week, and then rain as high as Soda Springs during the weekend. The Flanger... (more)
UP 580 pops out of the fog as they head west for the balloon track.
The flangers have just met #6 at Soda Springs, and start making their way West on a cold New Years Eve.
While snowshoeing back to the cascade bridges, this westbound flanger snuck up on me in the very early morning hours.
"Where's the snow?"
The UP Engineer watches his train as he remotely switches cuts of cars in Martinez. UP 841 and 580 are working hard, but 580 is absolutely gleaming in the bright morning sun.
It speaks volumes that this little freight was running about 10 minutes AHEAD of Amtrak's hours-late Coast Starlight.