RailPictures.Net Photo: UP 3963 Union Pacific EMD SD70M at Tracy, California by John West
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Union Pacific (more..)
EMD SD70M (more..)
Altamont Pass (more..)
Tracy, California, USA (more..)
April 11, 2005
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UP 3963 (more..)
John West (more..)
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Each spring the UP often deadheads passenger equipment to Omaha that has been stored for the winter in Oakland. The Omaha winters are tough on paint because the paint and the metal react to cold differently, causing premature paint deterioration. These DH movements have occasionally been used as an orientation trip to allow employees from Omaha to see a bit of the railroad. Here is one such move going east over Altamont Pass on the former WP. Just above the units you can see the abandoned right of way of the parallel SP line, which was part of the first transcontinental railroad, but became less important and eventually expendable when the SP built a more direct line from Sacramento to Oakland (the so-called CalP). The consist is interesting because the power cars are behind the coaches, suggesting the coaches were empty while the more upscale cars on the rear of the train were the ones occupied.
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