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Photo ID: 685440

SP 8880 roars up the heavy grade at the west end of Magra, CA, in the heart of the climb up Donner Pass's western slope. The sides of the rails show the tremendous amount of sand that's been used ... (more)

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD45
Location: Magra, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 8880
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: July, 1974


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Jan 26, 2019

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Photo ID: 682915

In October 1995, late in the afternoon on Donner Pass, two big GEs hold back tonnage as they come down the mountain with a manifest in tow. If you look carefully, you can see where the downhill ma... (more)

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: GE AC4400CW
Location: Yuba Gap, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 175
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: October, 1995


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Jan 04, 2019

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Photo ID: 682098

Late on a beautiful afternoon in the Sierra Nevada, SP 192 West departs Truckee, CA.

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: GE AC4400CW
Location: Truckee, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 192
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: December, 1995


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Dec 27, 2018

Views: 1,397
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Photo ID: 682000

Under threatening skies, Rio Grande and UP power leads an SP eastbound over the westbound main at Rocklin, CA. The eastbound is on the "uphill" track, installed in the early part of the... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD40T-2
Location: Rocklin, California, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 5363
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: May, 1983


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Dec 26, 2018

Views: 1,811
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Photo ID: 681780

Behind a pair of SDP40Fs, Amtrak No. 5 glides downhill toward whee it will pass under the uphill track. Like SP's FP7s, the SDPs have icicle breakers on their roofs to snap off ice hanging from th... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: EMD SDP40F
Location: Rocklin, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 628
Train ID: AMTK 5
Photo Date: January, 1974


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Dec 24, 2018

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Photo ID: 672687

On a crisp winter morning along Donner Pass, SPMW 4032 leads a single spreader set west at Emigrant Gap, California. In the days prior, the mountains of Northern California were battered by severa... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: Spreaders
Location: Emigrant Gap, California, USA
Locomotive #: SPMW 4032
Train ID: WTKTKS 18
Photo Date: March 18, 2018


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By: Jake Miille

Added: Oct 04, 2018

Views: 4,369
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Photo ID: 669883

On a pleasantly cool summer morning, east of Rocklin, CA at the base of the Sierra Nevada foothills, an east bound Union Pacific intermodal begins its climb up the number 2 track, blasting out of... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: GE ES44AC
Location: Penryn, CA, California, USA
Locomotive #: UP Railroad
Train ID: UPRR
Photo Date: August 02, 2011


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By: Scott Allen Sparks

Added: Sep 08, 2018

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Photo ID: 662647

Westbound BNSF No. 4685 leaves Truckee and begins the climb to Norden and the summit of Donner Pass.

Railroad: Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Locomotive: GE C44-9W (Dash 9-44CW)
Location: Truckee, California, USA
Locomotive #: BNSF 4685
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June 21, 2018


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By: Chris Mohs

Added: Jun 28, 2018

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Photo ID: 662352

An hour late out of Reno, Amtrak No. 5 the westbound California Zephyr, climbs uphill to the next stop in Truckee. From there the real work begins to gain the summit of the hill at Norden.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Florinston, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 12
Train ID: AMTK 5
Photo Date: June 20, 2018


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By: Chris Mohs

Added: Jun 25, 2018

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Photo ID: 662351

Eastbound into the rising, a clean Union Pacific SD70AH-T4C and 5 other units lead stacks down into the great little town of Truckee.

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: EMD SD70AH-T4C
Location: Truckee, California, USA
Locomotive #: UP 9073
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June 21, 2018


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By: Chris Mohs

Added: Jun 25, 2018

Views: 1,115
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Photo ID: 651533

As morning pushes toward midday, Amtrak No. 5, the San Francisco Zephyr, eases into Colfax, preparing to stop for passengers at the depot in this small town at 2,500 foot of elevation in the Sier... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: EMD SDP40F
Location: Colfax, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 627
Train ID: AMTK 5
Photo Date: October, 1977


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Mar 14, 2018

Views: 1,871
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Photo ID: 649091

Incoming! SPMW 207 cuts through a cold, snowy world as it works east along the #2 track of the Donner Pass Route. Photographing the rotaries is unlike any other assignment. As soon as you g... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: Rotary
Location: Troy, California, USA
Locomotive #: SPMW 207
Train ID: WTKTKF 25
Photo Date: February 25, 2017


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By: Jake Miille

Added: Feb 21, 2018

Views: 2,113
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Photo ID: 648959

Meet on the mountain. Union Pacific 8842 drags a heavy Roseville to North Platte manifest up the #2 track of the Roseville Subdivision at Norden. On the #1 track, a Stockton-bound pipe trai... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: EMD SD70ACe
Location: Norden, California, USA
Locomotive #: UP 8842
Train ID: MRVNP 15
Photo Date: January 15, 2017


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By: Jake Miille

Added: Feb 20, 2018

Views: 1,778
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Photo ID: 648832

Passengers aboard Amtrak's California Zephyr are treated to the sights of a winter wonderland as they head east across the Donner Pass Route at Cisco. While I was freezing out in the elements, I'm... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Cisco, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 156
Train ID: AMT6 14
Photo Date: January 14, 2017


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By: Jake Miille

Added: Feb 18, 2018

Views: 1,196
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Photo ID: 646674

A westbound SP coal train out of the Intermountain West has D&RGW SD45 No. 5344 on the point as it glides downhill a little west of Shed 10. This part of the Donner Pass line used to sport two mai... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD45
Location: Shed 10, California, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 5344
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: May, 1996


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Feb 01, 2018

Views: 1,894
Comments: 1

Favorited: 23
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