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Photo ID: 624708

An eastbound SP vehicle train literally skirts the edge of the American River Canyon as it climbs the steep grade between Towle and Emigrant Gap.

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: GE AC4400CW
Location: American, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 245
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: October, 1996


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Jul 28, 2017

Views: 542
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Photo ID: 624622

In June 1996, UP ran an Officer's Special to inspect their purchase: The Southern Pacific Railroad. Here the train heads east near Shed 10 on Donner Pass with a spotless 90MAC and AC6000 for power... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: EMD SD9043MAC
Location: Shed 10, California, USA
Locomotive #: UP 8012
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June, 1996


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Jul 27, 2017

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Photo ID: 623299

In a heavy rain, Amtrak No. 5, the San Francisco Zephyr, makes its way through the curves at Yuba Gab. Note that the track the train is on--which runs around the tunnel--is no longer there.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: EMD SDP40F
Location: Yuba Gap, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 572
Train ID: AMTK 5
Photo Date: July, 1974


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Jul 15, 2017

Views: 2,808
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Favorited: 33
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Photo ID: 621676

Sleeping car passengers have their cameras at the ready as the westbound California Zephyr climbs into the Sierra Nevada Mountains and over Donner Pass.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Truckee, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 124
Train ID: AMTK 5
Photo Date: May 29, 2017


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By: William M. Brown

Added: Jul 01, 2017

Views: 3,306
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Favorited: 18
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Photo ID: 620279

A Wisconsin Central SD45 leads a UP westbound uphill at Eder, CA, with her conductor enjoying the beautiful scenery and pine-scented air. The train is heading for the "Big Hole," 10,325-... (more)

Railroad: Wisconsin Central
Locomotive: EMD SD45
Location: Eder, California, USA
Locomotive #: WC 6582
Train ID:
Photo Date: May, 1997


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Jun 17, 2017

Views: 1,272
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Favorited: 25


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Photo ID: 620242

Early afternoon Amtrak #6, the California Zephyr, climbs the grade between Penryn, CA and Newcastle, CA on the number 2 track on a perfect winter day.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Newcastle, California, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: AMTK 6
Photo Date: February 28, 2016


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By: Scott Allen Sparks

Added: Jun 17, 2017

Views: 591
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Photo ID: 620039

High above Donner Lake, SP 8679 West climbs the stiff grade out of Truckee toward Donner Summit.

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD40M-2
Location: Shed 47, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 8679
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: July, 1995


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Jun 14, 2017

Views: 711
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Favorited: 7
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Photo ID: 619934

A two-unit SP helper heads downhill in fresh snow after helping a train to the summit of the Sierras.

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD40T-2
Location: Soda Springs, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 8526
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: January, 1995


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By: Steve Schmollinger

Added: Jun 13, 2017

Views: 936
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Favorited: 19
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Photo ID: 616345

Popping out of the Norden snowshed into the late afternoon sun, a westbound intermodal train has crested Donner Pass and will soon battle gravity for the 40-odd mile descent to the California lowl... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: GE ET45AH
Location: Norden, California, USA
Locomotive #: UP 2644
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: May 10, 2017


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By: Nick Hovey

Added: May 11, 2017

Views: 858
Comments: 1

Favorited: 15

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Photo ID: 616224

Passing beneath the last Southern Pacific searchlight signal bridge on the Sacramento Division, a westbound intermodal train has crested Donner Pass and will soon battle gravity for the 40-odd mil... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: GE ET45AH
Location: Norden, California, USA
Locomotive #: UPRR 2644
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: May 10, 2017


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By: Nick Hovey

Added: May 11, 2017

Views: 510
Comments: 1

Favorited: 5


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Photo ID: 615473

Running a bit late on its eastbound trip across Donner Pass, Amtrak's California Zephyr is about to duck into the snowshed at Norden. Trailing is Budd observation car "Dagny Taggart", formerly NYC... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Norden, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 147
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: May 04, 2017


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By: Nick Hovey

Added: May 04, 2017

Views: 1,217
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Favorited: 10
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Photo ID: 615157

Exiting the brief dark of the Norden snowshed, Amtrak's westbound California Zephyr (with a heritage unit trailing) continues its westbound trek after the long climb out of Truckee.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Norden, California, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 72
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: April 30, 2017


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By: Nick Hovey

Added: May 01, 2017

Views: 874
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Favorited: 7
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Photo ID: 615153

Uncle Pete's fleet of GEVOs isn't just limited to the head end of trains- here we see #5275 trailing as DPU on a westbound stack train over Donner Pass. The unit is ducking under the last Souther... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: GE ES44AC
Location: Norden, California, USA
Locomotive #: UPRR 5275
Train ID: UPRR IOGOA
Photo Date: April 30, 2017


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By: Nick Hovey

Added: May 01, 2017

Views: 714
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Favorited: 4
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Photo ID: 615151

"Bricks", "Bongas", "Espee Heritage Units"... Call them what you will, but Union Pacific's dirty fleet of ES44ACs has certainly proved its worth. Here #5256 leads two more ES44ACs and two SD70s o... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: GE ES44AC
Location: Norden, California, USA
Locomotive #: UPRR 5256
Train ID: UPRR IOGOA
Photo Date: April 30, 2017


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By: Nick Hovey

Added: May 01, 2017

Views: 1,227
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Favorited: 5
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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: 2,104
Comments: 0

Favorited: 28

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