There is no easy route through the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Trains coming to and from Northern California must contend with some of the most hostile and scenic trackage anywhere in the country.
On a late July evening in Northern California, Union Pacific 3002 drags an 814' rock train through the Feather River Canyon at Pulga. The fifteen hopper cars were loaded with ballast just twenty m... (more)
BNSF freight approaches Pulga Ca.
The Union Pacific 7477 is the sole leader of a 14,800 ton coal train. Lately, it seems Union Pacific has opted for longer, heavier trains with less power in order to improve the operating ratio. H... (more)
"No man will ever be fool enough to build a railroad through the Feather River Canyon" - Collis P. Huntington The Feather River Canyon is home to steep cliffs, loose rocks and tough railr... (more)
Early morning BNSF train nearing Pulga deep in Feather River Canyon.
BNSF makes a colorful showing at Pulga in Feather River Canyon.
UP 3392 skirts the Feather River near Pulga, CA in May of 1994 on the ex-WP Feather River line.
Eastbound BNSF freight approaches Pulga Ca.
UP 3392 brings a train thru Pulga, CA in the Feather River Canyon in May of 1994.
UP 3725 meets UP 3634 (with AT&SF detour) in Feather River Canyon with a rampaging Feather River in the foreground. The Santa Fe train is detouring because of flooding in the Tehachapis, A Ro... (more)
UP 5639 leads hoppers westbound over Feather River at Pulga.
Eastbound BNSF mixed freight skirts Feather River at Pulga.
UP 9160 leads a manifest into the Feather River Canyon on a fine day in May of 1994.