Rush Hour in Redding. On a hot summer afternoon, the UP Valley Subdivision has come alive in Redding. The UP 1448 has just set out its train (the 'Redding Turn') and is now headed for the barn. UP... (more)
Unified Plan 2020, Union Pacific's version of Precision Scheduled Railroading, has created some challenges for the Valley Sub Dispatcher. With longer trains becoming the normal, Dispatcher 66 has ... (more)
Southern Pacific Returns to Hooker Hill. Separating Cottonwood and Red Bluff, Hooker Hill is the last obstacle for southbound trains entering Northern California. While the grade does not c... (more)
The St. Louis and Southwestern Railroad served the southern United States for 101 years. With mainlines connecting Missouri, Arkansas and Texas, this railroad became known as the “Cotton Belt”. In... (more)
It is no secret the UP Valley Subdivision between Binney Junction and the Roseville Yard is busy, really busy. Trains from the Feather River Route (Highway 70 corridor) and the Shasta Route (Inter... (more)
A new crew is onboard and Union Pacific 7215 is departing Dunsmuir, California with a lengthy QPWRV in tow. This train will follow the Upper Sacramento River (pictured right) down to Lakehead. A c... (more)
As Bear Grylls would say, "water follows the path of least resistance". It is for this reason railroad tracks often follow rivers through the mountains. Rivers carve out a narrow path through the ... (more)
The Upper Sacramento River brings life to these mountains. Many deciduous trees grow along the riverbed, bringing life and color to these forests during the month of October. The sound of a gentl... (more)
The effects of the California Drought are still being felt throughout much of the state. Near Lakehead, California, a Union Pacific manifest crosses the northern section of Lake Shasta, a critical... (more)
With heavy lumber loads making up most of the train, the QPWRV rumbles through Redding, California passing the power used for the Redding Local and Redding Turn.
A Herzog ballast train exits Tunnel 11 as it heads north along the Shasta Route. Between Lakehead and Dunsmuir, the route follows the Upper Sacramento River. Make sure you bring a fishing pole!
On a scorching afternoon in Northern California, a northbound Z train headed for Portland, Oregon crosses the Salt Creek Bridge over a completely dried up arm of Lake Shasta, evidence of the sever... (more)
A southbound Z train banks through one of many tight curves along the Sacramento River just south of Castle Crags siding, with the spectacular Castle Crags visible behind.
The dwarf. The searchlight dwarf is one of the most unique pieces of railroad signaling in Northern California. There were a few dwarfs that guarded sidings along the UP Valley Subdivision ... (more)
Surprise military train! Following an amazing three days below Mount Shasta, I was hanging out with the guys and had just gotten my full from a big dish of spaghetti when we saw an unexpect... (more)