Union Pacific Feather River Rotary Snow Plow

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$29.95 $9.95

The rotary is rarely called out… but January 1993 saw a series of storms with heavy snowfall in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The Union Pacific mainline through the Feather River Canyon was hard hit. And so the rotary was called to duty.

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Pentrex presents a rare and exclusive look at a Union Pacific rotary snow plow at work. In January 1993, a series of cold Pacific storms brought heavy snowfall to northern California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. The Union Pacific Railroad’s main line through the Feather River Canyon was unusually hard hit.

While spreaders kept the mainline open, trains made slow progress through the Canyon due to inoperative signals, snowbound sidings, and frozen switches. Pentrex has captured the beauty of this winter wonderland as trains attempt to negotiate the snow-covered Feather River Route. For the first time since it acquired the line in 1982, the Union Pacific dispatched one of its Cheyenne-based rotary snowplows to Portola, California. Not since the days of the Western Pacific Railroad has a rotary been needed to protect the mainline through the Feather River Canyon.

Steve Lee, Manager of Steam Operations for the UP, takes you on a tour through the cab of the rotary and explains its history and operations. From trackside and aboard the train you will experience this awesome machine at work. The battle of snowplow against the winter elements is captured here for you to experience in all its fascinating splendor.

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2 reviews for Union Pacific Feather River Rotary Snow Plow

  1. JGWJ

    Really enjoyed watching this. Always impressive to see Trains traveling through SNOW. We have lots of snow in Michigan, but nothing like snow in the West. This is an opportunity to see how they handle keeping the tracks cleared.

  2. nssd60e

    A great video of the rotary blowers of California, Watch them work through deep snow and to keep the mainline clear. We also get to see other snow fighting equipment like Jordan Spreaders do their work.

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