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The Truckee local is preparing to spot the woodchip gons at the lumber mill. The mill would close in 1989 and the need to send the Truckee local 3-times-a-week would also vanish. Can't explain the weird fireman-side numberboard. Jerry C. photo
Since Oct 1993, the former #1 track alignment between Shed 47 and Norden hasn't seen any trains. Tunnel 7 was very unique for Donner because it had been daylighted, but completely re-roofed and enclosed as a concrete snowshed in the late 1960s. Inside the "tunnel" was signal 1941...
UP flanger awaits the next Sierra storm at Colfax, CA. This flanger was built in 1938 and rebuilt in 1971 and 2006. On Donner it primarily vollies between Emigrant Gap and Truckee, CA to remove snow accumalation between the railhead.
The view of Sugar Bowl x-ing in 1995. SP signal supervisors advised me at the time that these wig wags were high priority to be upgraded to modern flashers. Both were retired soon afterwards, and found their way to the front yards of SP signal maintainers' private residences.
A WB grain train for Livingston, CA (Foster Farms) barely achieves the station of Floriston on a gentle 1% grade. With wet rails and poor maintenance of locos this train does its best to make 12 mph. The next two years would bring herds of leasors and rent-a-wrecks to the SP.
The covered turntable at Norden only lasted to 1993 because it was more expensive to knock down than to maintain. It was last used to turn engines and MoW (snow removal)in the early 1980s. By 1984, the roof was in danger of collapsing and was susquently reinforced by giant timber beams. The...
SP 9254 and a "buddy" power the Truckee work train at Tunnel 6 and the original summit tunnel of Donner Summit. This train is actually backing up to go east to Truckee via #1 track. It had just finished picking up tie plates and spikes using a burro crane. Of course, SP-VP Moyer...
SP 8363 West is drifting downhill into East Gold Run. SP MoW crews always refered to this xing as Raggedy A$$, but only refered to the first part when using the PBX channel. The wig wag would come out in 1990.
A Union Pacific manifest snakes its way downgrade at Alta, California in June of 2002. Lots of empty reefers are making their way back to California's central valley on the original transcontinental route.
A BNSF trackage rights train rolls down the west slope of the Sierra Nevada at Yuba Pass, California in June of 2000. Thunderclouds are looming over the 7000 foot level of Donner Pass, and will cover the west slope soon.
A solid train of potash rolls down the slopes of the Sierra Nevada at Casa Loma, California in October of 2006. Union Pacific's route over Donner Pass will become much more active in the future once the tunnel improvements are made.
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