In 1982, the Western Pacific system, including the storied Feather River Canyon route, was purchased by the Union Pacific Railroad. The UP began improvements immediately to facilitate increased traffic. A brief 9 years later, Pentrex set out to capture on video camera the large variety and volume of trains now flowing over this famous pass across California’s scenic Sierra Nevadas. Step back to 1991 to watch as Union Pacific sends doublestack and intermodal trains through the Canyon’s challenging terrain. And, see some new bonus footage!
Unit grain trains, steel trains, and others led by Dash 8-40CWs, Dash 8-40Cs and SD40-2s, wind their way past the vertical cliffs that rise from the track bed. All the well-known landmarks are featured here: Keddie Wye, Williams Loop, James, Clio Trestle, Pulga, and others. Plus, 20 minutes of bonus footage takes you trackside to witness the rerailment of cars after a derailment at Pulga in 1984. For an exciting look at mainline operations on one of the most rugged and spectacularly beautiful mountain routes, you can’t do better than Union Pacific’s Feather River Route!
Bonus Footage: 20 minutes of a rerailment at Pulga in 1984.