Ah! The light! For the past two miles, UP 5000 has been seeing the tunnel walls of the Big Hole, UP's 10K foot tunnel over the summit of Donner Pass. It has finally exited at the West Porta... (more)
UP's 4-8-4 emerges from the 10,325 foot Tunnel 41 aka the "Big Hole", after cresting 1.80% grade inside the tunnel. They'll soon stop to take water at Soda Springs, and continue the journey West t... (more)
The California Zephyr. Note hikers high up.
eastbound Amtrak train #6 City of San Fransico, Norden, CA
With an SD45 added for "the Hill" the Reno Fun Train is dropping downgrade on the now removed #1 track toward the snow sheds at Norden. This was part of the original Central Pacific grade and was ... (more)
Waiting...and anticipating...and then a faint glow of light starts to become visible in the dark tunnel. As it slowly makes its way through, the headlight of the UP freight illuminates the inner ... (more)
SP Track One over Donner Pass, the original Central Pacific route, dramaticaly showed what the CP was up against when it built over Donner in 1866 with hand tools and black powder. But being on a... (more)
Truckee Helper #7550 has helped a freight to the top of Donner Pass and has cut off at Norden and will return to Truckee light engine. The large structure with the truss on the roof houses the tur... (more)
With only a few seconds of afternoon sunlight to spare. I captured the Truckee spreader working westbound from the Norden snowshed clearing the tracks after a heavy Christmas day snow storm the da... (more)
The sun has been down for five or ten minutes at the summit of Donner Pass, but the lighted sky is glowing off the nose of new GEVO, 7779. This was the maiden run for the three new GEVOs.
A going away shot of the flanger as it kicks up snow just East of the Norden Shed.
A westbound manifest approaches the Norden shed....those trees are covered in snow and look magnificent.
The spreader works westbound at Norden.
California Zephyr # 5 west waits for California Zephyr # 6 to clear at Norden, CA