From old Sacramento to Reno, Nevada here are all the challenges of the Southern Pacific’s Sierra crossing. Filmed over three decades in all types of weather and with every type of SP train caught on film — from 1955 to 1995 — see a lot of change come to the Southern Pacific. Ride a F7 powered passenger train in a raging snow storm. See early diesel power and the history of the line’s construction, the snow sheds, tunnels and more. Visit the old pre-merger Roseville hump yard and see a wonderful mix of old SD and GP “high-hood” power.
Donner Pass was America’s first line into California and we cover the politics, engineering and construction of this historic line. The last years of the SP are also covered with great action – including “Tunnel motors” built to cope with the extensive, long tunnels and snow sheds. Expect long trains, lots of helper units with foreign power mixed in! Wonderful Donner Pass action for the Southern Pacific railfan!