2 Hours 5 Minutes
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