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  1. Stacks at the bar

    Stacks at the bar

    A wb stack train exits a tunnel as it descends the 1% grade in the Feather River Canyon.
  2. Over the little bridge

    Over the little bridge

    UP 5468 leads a wb stack train into the "Honeymoon tunnels" area of the Feather River Canyon near Belden, CA. As of Dec 2009, most stack trains have since been rerouted to the shorter, parallel mountain crossing of Donner.
  3. Loads for UP

    Loads for UP

    QRR 4 arrives at Quincy Jct to drop off 4 bulkhead flats for the UP to pick up. This Alco is now at the Feather River Rail Museum in Portola.
  4. Passing American Valley

    Passing American Valley

    An EB UP passes Quincy Jct. It was a controlled siding of 3000 feet and featured a cantilever signal bridge until 1986.
  5. Departing Portola

    Departing Portola

    An EB MINP vehicle train gets rolling for Winnemucca and points east. Crew changes were top notch at Portola because train crews safely boarded and bailed off without stopping. It was impressive.
  6. Yellow jackets and a hornet

    Yellow jackets and a hornet

    UP and CNW SD40-2's power the Milpitas - North Platte (EB) vehicle train. This train exceeded 7000 feet and had a "working" caboose. There were several carloads of railfans chasing this train and they would race east to see it "loop" over itself at Williams Loop.
  7. Flood and Erosion

    Flood and Erosion

    UP 2445 leads a WB grain near Virgilia. On Valentine's Day 1986, the Feather River experienced record-level flooding. It took weeks and months to restore sections of rr and highway. What this photo doesn't illustrate is a two mile zone of one lane highway and an 6AM-4PM MoW work window for UP.
  8. An angry crew and the Dispatcher

    An angry crew and the Dispatcher

    UP 6033 has a WB tucked in the clear while holding for 2 EB. Notice that it has cut off and is using the house track to "fit" in the siding. The train was too long for the siding. The train was previously held at Sloat, but the 'spatcher ordered them to move to the next sid and split...
  9. CNW through the rock!

    CNW through the rock!

    C&NW -944cw 8683 IG2OA-29 W. Vergila Ca. 3-31-00
  10. Western and Southern Pacific

    Western and Southern Pacific

    Western Pacific GP20 No.2001 from the Feather River museum in Portola, California, and Southern Pacific GP9 No.5623 from Oakland Terminal pose at Railfair in Sacramento, California, in 1999. Steve Barry photo.



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