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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: 2,177
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Favorited: 28

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Photo ID: 610010

Deep in California's Gold Country lies the old Sierra Railway. Miles from any sign of civilization, this area truly feels like the Wild West. Built in 1897, this track has long been used to shuttl... (more)

Railroad: Sierra Northern
Locomotive: EMD GP20
Location: Quigley Creek, California, USA
Locomotive #: SERA 50
Train ID: Fassler Flyer
Photo Date: March 14, 2017


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By: Jake Miille

Added: Mar 15, 2017

Views: 3,403
Comments: 4

Favorited: 38
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Photo ID: 609838

Spring has arrived across much of Northern California. With sunny skies and temperatures hovering around 75 degrees, it is the perfect weather to be trackside. Here, California poppies dot the hil... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: GE AC4400CW-CTE
Location: Elsey, California, USA
Locomotive #: UP 6035
Train ID: GSVTST 06
Photo Date: March 12, 2017


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By: Jake Miille

Added: Mar 13, 2017

Views: 870
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Favorited: 6
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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: 5,947
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Favorited: 40

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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: 5,212
Comments: 1

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: 3,096
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Favorited: 26

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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: 10,123
Comments: 4

Favorited: 73

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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: 18,430
Comments: 8

Favorited: 79

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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: 14,638
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: 3,374
Comments: 1

Favorited: 26


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Photo ID: 605220

A new crew is onboard and Union Pacific 7215 is departing Dunsmuir, California with a lengthy QPWRV in tow. This train will follow the Upper Sacramento River (pictured right) down to Lakehead. A c... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: GE AC4400CW
Location: Dunsmuir, California, USA
Locomotive #: UP 7215
Train ID: QPWRV 6
Photo Date: January 13, 2017


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By: Jake Miille

Added: Feb 02, 2017

Views: 1,338
Comments: 0

Favorited: 9

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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: 2,467
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Favorited: 21

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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: 1,995
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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: 1,980
Comments: 2

Favorited: 13

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Photo ID: 604087

Imagine this. You're Dispatcher 74 and haven't been able to run trains between Shed 47 and Switch 9 all day. The spreaders just toned you up and gave back the #2 track between Norden and Shed 10, ... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: GE ES44AC
Location: Norden, California, USA
Locomotive #: UP 5286
Train ID: MNPRV 8
Photo Date: January 13, 2017


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By: Jake Miille

Added: Jan 23, 2017

Views: 3,449
Comments: 2

Favorited: 30

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