Pacific Locomotive Association's "Truckee Limited" would be the last chartered excursion operated by the SP. It is seen passing the snowshed complex at Norden on the way East. The following Saturd... (more)
Tough day for the crew of 5571. 1st a stop in Truckee for a problem with an MU unit, and then 2 broken knuckles in Tunnel 41. Only the 4 lead units were out of the tunnel when this was shot, the 4... (more)
Amtrak's E units did not last long on Donner Pass. They were not liked by SP crews or shop personnel. E8 #326 (formerly UP 929A) is pulling out of the East end of the long wooden snow shed at Nord... (more)
December of 1971, during Amtrak's first Winter, FP7 #6446 leads the San Francisco Zephyr out of the summit tunnel and protecting snow shed. This section of the original Central Pacific line was re... (more)
It was Amtrak's first winter on Donner Pass. The biggest change had been SP FP7 units displacing the newer SDP45's on the trans Sierra and Overland run. In this shot the San Francisco Zephyr is ap... (more)
Amtral 111, Westbound with the Reno Fun Train at Norden. This would turn out to be the last all F-unit train to cross Donner Pass
In late afternoon twilight helpers drift down the siding between Tunnel 41 and Norden. I think this was my last picture of the SP before the UP took over.
A flanger enters the east end of the Norden Shed before crossing over to the #1 track to help keep the tracks clear.
Snow fighters!! Just The spreader begins to work west on track #1 while the eastbound flanger waits. Those tracks in the foreground were from me, it was about mid thigh deep-with snow shoes.
An independent SP will soon disappear. You have been waiting all afternoon for a final shot of Russell red and gray. The sun is getting low. Finally you hear a hard working westbound. And what... (more)
A westbound train climbs Track 1, the original Donner crossing, toward the summit. Track 1 was later removed and is today a MOW road.
After adjusting the plow upon exiting the Norden shed, the spreader works westbound on the #2 track.
The speader waits on the #1 while a westbound train pulls up the finally portion of the grade out of the "big hole"
After crossing over inside the shed, the westbound flanger heads down the #2 while other Donner snow fiend Dick Dorn shoots him exiting.
Yet again, the spreader is out plowing.....what a sight to see!