Incoming! SPMW 207 cuts through a cold, snowy world as it works east along the #2 track of the Donner Pass Route. Photographing the rotaries is unlike any other assignment. As soon as you g... (more)
Meet on the mountain. Union Pacific 8842 drags a heavy Roseville to North Platte manifest up the #2 track of the Roseville Subdivision at Norden. On the #1 track, a Stockton-bound pipe trai... (more)
Passengers aboard Amtrak's California Zephyr are treated to the sights of a winter wonderland as they head east across the Donner Pass Route at Cisco. While I was freezing out in the elements, I'm... (more)
A westbound SP coal train out of the Intermountain West has D&RGW SD45 No. 5344 on the point as it glides downhill a little west of Shed 10. This part of the Donner Pass line used to sport two mai... (more)
UP SD40-2 No. 3660 leads an eastbound manifest out of tunnel 18 and up the steep grade of Two Track on the Donner Pass line. Note that both One and Two Track are jointed rail when this photo was t... (more)
On a beautiful afternoon the in the High Sierras, Amtrak No. roars uphill a little west of Shed 10. On the point as lead helper is Rio Grande GP60 No. 3156. The Rio Grande unit will stay on the tr... (more)
In July 1973, Amtrak No. 5, with an ex-UP E9 on the point, meets an eastbound SP drag in the hole at Colfax, CA. SP often put helpers behind the caboose to assist eastbounds and westbounds over Do... (more)
With an SP lead helper put on a t Spark, Amtrak train No. 5 pauses at Truckee for passengers. The train's next stop will be in Colfax on the other side of the pass.
Early in the morning at Alta, CA, four big SD45s are cut into an SP eastbound to help lift this big manifest up the western slope of Donner Pass.
Amtrak No. 6 rolls downhill next to the Truckee River near Boca, CA. Her two SDP40Fs apparently provided plenty of power for today's consist, since the train didn't require a lead helper to get it... (more)
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.
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)
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.
Sleeping car passengers have their cameras at the ready as the westbound California Zephyr climbs into the Sierra Nevada Mountains and over Donner Pass.
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)