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Journey high into California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains for a stunning look at winter operations over Donner Pass. As Pacific storms dump heavy snow, Union Pacific battles to keep trains rolling.
Get a taste of what it is like to be trackside in the midst of winter’s fury. Long stack trains, heavy manifests, and Amtrak’s California Zephyr share the rails with an army of snow fighting equipment including flangers, spreaders, and the mighty rotaries.
Beginning at Colfax, trains climb toward the snow zone at Blue Cañon, then on to Truckee on rails once covered almost completely by snow sheds. Extra time is spent near the summit at Soda Springs and Norden where man and machine are put to the test against the elements. This is mountain railroading and snow fighting rolled into one exciting presentation!
Shot over four separate winters including the big snow of 2011, this is your ticket to “Winter on Donner Pass!” Available soon on DVD, Blu-ray, or Digital Download.
Run Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
May be viewed with or without narration.
Westbound doublestacks descend Yuba Pass on a frigid winter afternoon.
UP 8939 East climbs through Troy in the wake of a snow storm.
Flanger “Truckee” plows Track 1 at Troy.
UP 602 at Soda Springs a second before burying the photographer in snow.
Rotary SPMW 207 cuts back the bank on Track 2 near milepost 189.
Rotary SPMW 209 chews through ten feet of snow which closed the main line in 2011.
A classic rotary set heads for Roseville after working to the summit at Norden.
UP 2561 west exits the snow sheds at Norden after cresting Donner Summit.
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