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Photo ID: 611723

SPMW 209 ducks under the last remaining searchlight signal bridge on Donner Pass. Meanwhile, skiers enjoy perfect snow conditions at the nearby Sugar Bowl Ski Resort.

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: Rotary
Location: Norden, California, USA
Locomotive #: SPMW 209
Train ID: WTKTKF 25
Photo Date: February 25, 2017


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By: Jake Miille

Added: Mar 31, 2017

Views: 1,841
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Photo ID: 610187

Eastbound Mixed Manifest, lead by ES44AC No. 8116, rolls through Downtown Colfax on a quiet Tuesday morning. It has several thousand more feet to climb before it reaches the Summit at Norden.

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: GE ES44AC
Location: Colfax, California, USA
Locomotive #: UP 8116
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: February 27, 2017


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By: Chris Mohs

Added: Mar 17, 2017

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Photo ID: 608992

On a cold winter evening, the railroad has sprung to life. An eastbound grain train has pulled up to Switch 9 to wait for the passing MNPRV. Tucked in the middle of all this action is the rotary s... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: GE ES44AC
Location: Emigrant Gap, California, USA
Locomotive #: UP 5274
Train ID: MNPRV 22
Photo Date: February 24, 2017


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By: Jake Miille

Added: Mar 06, 2017

People's Choice 4

Views: 5,430
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Favorited: 39

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Photo ID: 608541

It can be difficult to comprehend the size of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Trains, massive in their own right, seem to to be dwarfed by the endless snow covered peaks of the Donner Pass Route. Uni... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: EMD GP38-2
Location: Troy, California, USA
Locomotive #: UP 580
Train ID: 2WTKTKF 25
Photo Date: February 25, 2017


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By: Jake Miille

Added: Mar 02, 2017

Views: 4,838
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Favorited: 46

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Photo ID: 608317

Thirteen feet of snow has fallen across Donner Pass this season, making 2017 the third snowiest winter in recorded history (according to up.com). With the Feather River Route closed for months due... (more)

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


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By: Jake Miille

Added: Feb 28, 2017

Views: 2,781
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Favorited: 26

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Photo ID: 608203

For only the second time in the last 20 years, UP brought out their rotaries to fight the Sierra Cement over Donner Pass. The newly rebuilt rotary #207 enters the shed at Norden.

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


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By: Steven M. Welch

Added: Feb 26, 2017

Views: 2,083
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Photo ID: 608159

SMPW 207, Union Pacific's rebuilt rotary that has only plowed through snow once since entering revenue service, meets Donner's venerable snowpack once again as it crawls through the center siding ... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: Rotary
Location: Emigrant Gap, California, USA
Locomotive #: SPMW 207
Train ID: WRVTKS 24
Photo Date: February 24, 2017


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By: Alex Gillman

Added: Feb 26, 2017

Views: 4,819
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Favorited: 47

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Photo ID: 608146

As the afternoon light quickly disappears over Emigrant Gap, SPMW 209, one of Southern Pacific's original rotary snow plows, sits quietly with its rear-marker lights on and its respective B-unit i... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: Rotary
Location: Emigrant Gap, California, USA
Locomotive #: SPMW 209
Train ID: WRVTKS 24
Photo Date: February 24, 2017


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By: Alex Gillman

Added: Feb 26, 2017

Views: 5,285
Comments: 1

Favorited: 53

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Photo ID: 608145

SPMW 207 passes under the last remaining searchlight signal bridge on Donner Pass as it clears the heavy "Sierra Cement" from track #1. The rotaries would plow snow all the way to the Bi... (more)

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


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By: Jake Miille

Added: Feb 26, 2017

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Views: 9,493
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Favorited: 71

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Photo ID: 608116

The legendary rotary snowplows have returned to Donner Pass. California has been hammered with numerous storms this winter. All of these storms have wreaked havoc across the Donner Pass Route. Fro... (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 26, 2017

People's Choice 2

Views: 17,727
Comments: 8

Favorited: 77

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Photo ID: 608016

Rotaries Return to Donner Pass! After a record year for precipitation in Northern California, the rotaries have returned to Donner Pass. SPMW 207, a rebuilt rotary snow fighter, holds the... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: Rotary
Location: Emigrant Gap, California, USA
Locomotive #: SPMW 207
Train ID: WRVTKS 24
Photo Date: February 24, 2017


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By: Jake Miille

Added: Feb 25, 2017

Views: 14,147
Comments: 5

Favorited: 83

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Photo ID: 605796

Union Pacific's Jordan Spreaders work around the balloon track at Truckee, California. Truckee is the headquarters for snow fighting operations on Donner Pass. The balloon track is a key component... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: Jordan Spreader
Location: Truckee, California, USA
Locomotive #: SPMW 4032
Train ID: WTKTKF 12
Photo Date: January 12, 2017


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By: Jake Miille

Added: Feb 06, 2017

Views: 3,095
Comments: 1

Favorited: 26
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Photo ID: 605219

The last rays of sunshine peak through the forest, illuminating the stainless steel superliner cars on Amtrak's California Zephyr. This train is running a couple hours late as it approaches the su... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Soda Springs, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 199
Train ID: AMT 6
Photo Date: January 13, 2017


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By: Jake Miille

Added: Feb 02, 2017

Views: 2,257
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Favorited: 20

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Photo ID: 604589

On a perfect morning along Donner Pass, Union Pacific 602 heads east through Cisco, California with a flanger set. Check out how much snow has built up from recent storms!

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: EMD GP38-2
Location: Cisco, California, USA
Locomotive #: UP 602
Train ID: WTKTKF 14
Photo Date: January 14, 2017


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By: Jake Miille

Added: Jan 28, 2017

Views: 1,730
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Favorited: 18

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Photo ID: 604156

The Union Pacific Jordan Spreaders, huge in their own right, are dwarfed by the sheer size of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. This spreader set will work down to Fulda, where it will take the balloon... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: Jordan Spreader
Location: Emigrant Gap, California, USA
Locomotive #: SPMW 4034
Train ID: WTKTKF 13
Photo Date: January 13, 2017


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By: Jake Miille

Added: Jan 24, 2017

Views: 1,681
Comments: 2

Favorited: 13

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