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updated: April 2, 2010
Journey via Tehachapi
I am very pleased to show some exclusive photos of these photographers:
Andy Goodson, Marc Fournier and Bruce H. Jones
A big thank you for sharing these excellent pictures with us.
Note: The copyright belongs to these gentlemen. Do not use any photos without written permission.
Below is some background about Winterail and their activities
incl. infos of the journey
Photos WR-01 to WR-32
Text by Andy Goodson
Abbreviations found on this page: EB = East Bound, NB = North Bound,
SB = South
Bound, WB = West Bound, MP = Mile Post,
DPU = Distributed Power Unit (Helpers)
For bigger size photos - please click on the 4-digit number below each photo.
|3/10/10 BNSF at Woodford (Tehachapi) WR-01||UP 5399 NB Cement Train WR-02||BNSF WB at Woodford WR-03|
|BNSF train on Loop seen from Woodford WR-04||Same BNSF train at Woodford WR-05||3/10/10 Damaged plastic pellet hoppers WR-06|
|from the recent Tunnel 9 derailment and fire WR-07||Heavy damaged wheelsets WR-08||Truck sideframes for the scrap yard WR-09|
|3/11/10 BNSF EB 7464 at Bealville WR-10||3/11/10 DPU's at rear end near Kern Jct. WR-11||3/12/10 Cement processing Ship at Stockton WR-12|
|3/12/10 Central California Traction SW1500's WR-13||are switching Ethanol Tank Cars WR-14||around Washington Street area WR-15|
|3/12/10 at Port of Stockton WR-16||This sign will stop doing foolishness WR-17||UP train at track speed pass Goshen WR-18|
|EMD BL20-2 on SJVR at Goshen WR-19||Amtrak reflection in lake Stockton WR-20||3/14/10 GP10 seen along Route 99 WR-21|
|Probably an old SD9 along Route 99 WR-22||3/14/10 UP 8363/8444 at Woodford WR-23||UP 8363 = EMD SD70ACe WR-24|
|Second unit 8444 is also a SD70ACe WR-25||BNSF EB uphill at MP 347.2 WR-26||2nd BNSF EB (Hwy 58 at the back) WR-27|
|3rd BNSF EB meets UP WB at Woodford WR-28||4th BNSF EB train WR-29||5th BNSF EB w/double stacks WR-30|
|3/14/10 UP signal at Woodford WR-31||UP NB double stack train WR-32||x|
Below are photos taken by Bruce H. Jones at Truckee, CA
Photos WR-33 to WR-44
Here's a little more on Winterail. Marc and Andy covered the show very well. Pete and I booked it out of the show about 3:45 having pretty much seen what we wanted to see and socialized with all the folks we only see once a year. The show was definitely not full as Marc and Andy noted. For the first time in the 20+ years I've been attending, Vic Neves, one of the show producers, made a solicitation to the audience for show material. It used to be people "lined up around the block" to get their shows into Winterail. We'll have to see what the future brings. Also of note is the "greying of Winterail". There were not many young people in attendance. The big temptation to leave the show was the absolutely beautiful afternoon outside with clear skies and a brisk breeze. In fact, that morning when we left Pete's place in Pleasant Hill we could see the Sierras 100 miles away. It offered a much better alternative to sitting in a hot dark theater. Of note was a sign posted above the theater door that said, "have you bathed today?" Humor or serious advice? Could be both.
Pete and I went down to the diamond for a short while with not much results so we headed up toward I-80 and Truckee where we had dinner and enjoyed six trains. All the stacktrains now go over Donner and the Canyon Sub gets the westbound heavy manifests and locals only. After spending the night at his place near Portola we headed back to the Donner line and Truckee for a late breakfast and saw a train or two including the Reno Fun train. The adventure was when #5 limped into Truckee with a dead unit. They switched one of the plow units (GP-38-2) onto the point of #5 and took off. The plow units can idle for days at a time and the photos show the result. We took a leisurely trip down the Donner line and detoured via Roseville to avoid the Sunday I-80 traffic jam. There are still 5 rotary snowplows stored in Roseville. They can no longer be used because of the ADA-mandated passenger platforms that the plows do not clear. U.P. fights the snow with flangers, spreaders and bulldozers. Pete dropped me off at Sacramento airport and our 2010 Winterail adventure went into the books.
Special note to photos WR-37 to WR-44: Here are some photos of snow fighting equipment used by the Union Pacific on the Sierra Crossing, also called the Donner Line, in California. This line is formerly Southern Pacific and formed part of the original Transcontinental Railroad.
Written by Bruce H. Jones
|3/14/10 Reno Fun Train leaving Truckee WR-33||Amtrak # 5 leaving Truckee WR-34||with UP Plow Unit on point WR-35|
|3/14/10 Amtrak train is disappearing WR-36||Jordan Spreaders. These machines are pushed by tow or or more of locomotives and have large wings that spread out from the body. WR-37||Snow fighting locomotives. Mostly GP-38-2's. Note the special windshield cleaners and heavy grating over the center windshield. These locomotives replaced the famous snowfighting SD-9's which did the job for many years. WR-38|
|3/14/10 Another view of the spreaders. These are the main machines used for snowfighting since rotary snowplows can no longer be used on the line. Additional help is done by bulldozers which are brought in as needed. WR-39||
A "flanger" train. Two locomotives and a "flanger". WR-40
Rear view of the flanger. These cars are towed at medium speed and have blades below the carbody to clear snow and ice from the inside of the rails, creating a "flangeway" for train wheels. They are the first to be used when snow falls. WR-41
|3/14/10 The fleet of snowfighting locomotives. One of these was borrowed to help Amtrak # 5 complete its journey. WR-42||Another view of the spreaders with UP #567 getting ready to help Amtrak #5. WR-43||A view of retired rotary snowplows in Roseville, California. They were steam powered many years ago but were converted in the 1960's to diesel-electric. Note the F-7B unit on the leftmost plow that provided power to the plow. WR-44|
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