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Chasing a train over Donner Pass

 
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Oct 11, 2011 22:57 |  #1

So I got up early Sunday and checked out of my hotel in Reno Nevada. I wanted to leave before I was tempted to "win" more. Anyhow, I found nice spot to eat my Egg McMuffin by the Truckee River and spotted this massive Union Pacific freight train heading west out of Verdi Nevada. I decided to get some pictures of it during my trip back to the bay area.

It takes a lot of power to pull a train over Donner

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The Sierra Nevada range got its first dusting of snow last week. For those familiar, that is the Boomtown Casino in the background.
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The train contained a large section of military cargo
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I just missed the train at Truckee, and the pictures are not worth posting here, but I caught it coming down the pass at the tiny town of Alta California. Here you can see the heat pouring out of the dynamic breaks as the 6 engines struggle to keep the speed under control as the train descends the steeper western slope of Donner Pass.
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Smoke was pouring off all of the freight cars break shoes as well. You could also smell the breaks big time!
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Finally further down the hill at Colfax the train is on more level ground and coasting toward its next stop, the massive Union Pacific yard at Roseville California.
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Oct 11, 2011 23:02 |  #2

Nice chase!


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Oct 12, 2011 05:57 |  #3

This is a nice series!

I found nice spot to eat my Egg McMuffin

Not the traditional Donner Pass lunch! :D


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Oct 12, 2011 07:29 as a reply to PhotosGuy's post |  #4

Wow thats awesome!

I love freight trains....always have.

I hope to get a chance to chase one one day.


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Oct 12, 2011 07:56 |  #5

Beautiful scenery, looks like you had a fun chase!


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Oct 12, 2011 09:28 as a reply to Biological Contagion's post |  #6

. . . great series, and a good running commentary !!


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Oct 12, 2011 20:21 |  #7

Nice series. Sounds like you knew the route to stay ahead of the train.


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Oct 12, 2011 20:37 |  #8

FLphotoguy wrote in post #13242802external link
Nice series. Sounds like you knew the route to stay ahead of the train.

Luckily the tracks pretty much follow I-80 for the most part except at the very top of the moutnains, so there are quite a few places you can hop off the freeway and wait. Unforntunately I can't walk very well, or I could get even better shots that are doable if you can hike a bit.

Thaks for all the comments, it was a fun way to make the otherwise routine drive home more interesting.


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Oct 12, 2011 20:55 |  #9

Some very nice pics. I've never seen such good detailed shots of the smoking brakes and dynamic brakes before. Photos and descriptions really made this a nice thread!


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Oct 12, 2011 21:21 |  #10

PhotosGuy wrote in post #13239153external link
This is a nice series! Not the traditional Donner Pass lunch! :D

That's just wrong....funny, but wrong.....:D

Great series! I enjoyed it!


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Oct 13, 2011 03:21 |  #11

Awesome shots and a great idea. I used to live right in downtown truckee and that god forsaken train would blow it's horn at all hours of the night, rousing the entire town. Was very cool during the day but I could do without them at night :)


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Oct 25, 2011 12:29 |  #12

nice shots - i wish our freight trains were like that here in the UK




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