Donner Pass...Stacks in the High Sierras

Donner Pass...Stacks in the High Sierras
Donner Pass...Stacks in the High Sierras
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For over 140 years the Sierra Nevada Mountains of northern California have reverberated with the sounds of hard-working locomotives of the Central Pacific, Southern Pacific and now the Union Pacific. In November, 2009 double-stack container traffic was re-routed off the nearby Feather River Canyon adding to the frequency of trains on this legendary route.
 
7idea Productions made three trips to Donner Pass between January and September 2010 to capture the many personalities of "The Hill" between Roseville, California and Sparks, Nevada. From late summer sun to blizzard conditions on the mountain, you'll have a front row seat of the Union Pacific in action!
 
Take in the amazing view of mainline action from high atop Red Mountain, the old Central Pacific fire lookout above Cisco. Stand inside the snow sheds of Norden as a heavy stack train blasts through! Snowshoe into Troy and see Jordan Spreaders and flangers hard at work clearing the white stuff off the double-track main! Feel the ground shake as 10,000 foot stack and manifest trains labor up 2% grades in Run 8! Distributed power is everywhere, as Union Pacific utilizes this technology for more efficient train handling. Witness heavy trains running in 4x2, 1x1x1, even 3x3x1 configurations.
 
Shot in beautiful high-definition in spring, late summer and winter, this is the ultimate look at Donner Pass!
 
Run Time: Two hours
Chapter menus
WIDESCREEN DVD NTCS No region code
1080i Hi-Definition Blu-ray
May be viewed with or without narration.

 

Frame grabs:

Grain empties roll down-grade at Shed 47 high in the Sierra Nevadas.
Grain empties roll down-grade at Shed 47 high in the Sierra Nevadas.

An eastbound stack train enters the snow sheds at Norden.
An eastbound stack train enters the snow sheds at Norden.

Jordan Spreader #SPMW4030 clears snow off the Lower Cascade Bridge above Troy.
Jordan Spreader #SPMW4030 clears snow off the Lower Cascade Bridge above Troy.

With both wings extended, a Jordan Spreader clears the right of way at Yuba Pass.
With both wings extended, a Jordan Spreader clears the right of way at Yuba Pass.

UP 600 leads a flanger (snow plow) through the heavy snow at Soda Springs.
UP 600 leads a flanger (snow plow) through the heavy snow at Soda Springs.

After going around the balloon track at Truckee, UP 600 prepares for a night time run over Donner Pass.
After going around the balloon track at Truckee, UP 600 prepares for a night time run over Donner Pass.

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