Donner Pass Combo: Battle for Donner Pass & Across Donner SummitSKU: DVD-PNX-DONR
This 140-mile stretch of Southern Pacific, now Union Pacific, double-tracked mainline challenges trains to 2.3 percent grades on its 85-mile eastbound climb to the 7,000-foot elevation at Donner Summit.
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Between Roseville, California and Sparks, Nevada lies one of the most difficult sustained climbs in American railroading, the Donner Summit route. This 140-mile stretch of formerly Southern Pacific, now Union Pacific, double-tracked mainline routinely challenges trains to 2.3 percent grades on its 85-mile eastbound climb to the 7,000-foot elevation at Donner Summit. In this new Donner Combo DVD you can experience over three hours of thrilling Donner action in these two dynamic shows:
Battle for Donner Pass (1 Hour 17 Minutes)
Here is the incredible story of the Southern Pacific men and equipment that fought impossible odds to keep this historic mountain pass open through winter’s worst storms. This amazing saga takes you right into the cabs of the equipment and introduces the people whose job it was to keep the tracks clear. You’ll see the flangers and regulators, spreaders and bulldozers, rotaries and more! (Produced by Video Rails 1993)
Across Donner Summit (2 Hours)
Our host and personal guide through this exciting presentation is noted railroad photographer and historian Richard Steinheimer. Heavy Southern Pacific trains use the original route built over the summit by the Central Pacific Railroad in the 1860s. After 120 years of continual use, the obstacles are still staggering. Steep grades, sharp curves, and cruel weather face the trains on their way over the Sierra Nevada. Helpers are required in both directions. You’ll see flangers and spreaders clear the line of accumulated snow. Freight and passenger trains roll over Donner in bitter storms and as clear skies brighten the surrounding snow cover. Witness the majesty of nature and the indomitable will that keeps the trains moving over SP’s Donner Summit! (Produced by Pentrex 1992)