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Date: 09/04/19 17:52
Yesterday at Tunnel 41 on Donner Pass
Author: broken_link

I needed an eastbound, but I got a westbound. (It also had westward facing DPUs at that.) I'm not sure what the symbol of this manifest lead by UP 2608 was, as I couldn't find UP symbols for Donner Pass more recent than last October, but it was a grab bag of everything and decent length with 6 up front and 2 on the back. Perhaps it's the MRORV, if that is still running? The photos and video are of the train emerging from Tunnel 41 as it crests Donner Pass and begins its descent towards Roseville.

Sean








Date: 09/04/19 18:05
Re: Yesterday at Tunnel 41 on Donner Pass
Author: broken_link

Here is the video...I had to downsize it to 720p to make the file size cut.

​Sean



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/04/19 18:26 by broken_link.

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Date: 09/04/19 18:35
Re: Yesterday at Tunnel 41 on Donner Pass
Author: fresno

No more MRORV, with the train you saw now running as the MOGRV. 

Enjoyed the Donner photos/video here.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/04/19 18:39 by fresno.



Date: 09/04/19 19:36
Re: Yesterday at Tunnel 41 on Donner Pass
Author: Digger

Sean,

Terrific, thanks for sharing! How did you get that video without the shutter sound in the audio? 

Chris Donhost
Vacaville, CA 



Date: 09/04/19 19:47
Re: Yesterday at Tunnel 41 on Donner Pass
Author: broken_link

Digger Wrote:
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> Sean,
>
> Terrific, thanks for sharing! How did you get that
> video without the shutter sound in the audio? 
>
> Chris Donhost
> Vacaville, CA 

Thanks Chris. I used a Rode shotgun mike on the camera, which is more directional in nature and less prone to picking up noise to the side and back of the camera. I also move away and behind the camera I'm shooting video with to get shots with the DSLR.

Sean



Date: 09/04/19 20:43
Re: Yesterday at Tunnel 41 on Donner Pass
Author: Copy19

Hey.  I'll give this video extra atta boys.  Nice.

JB - Omaha



Date: 09/04/19 20:56
Re: Yesterday at Tunnel 41 on Donner Pass
Author: stash

Nice work!

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Date: 09/04/19 23:13
Re: Yesterday at Tunnel 41 on Donner Pass
Author: coach

Nice reefer block on the tail---Oakland bound??

It's really surprising how slow the train crested the grade, considering the entire train is still climbing upgrade inside the tunnel.  You'd think they run a little faster to help cut down on time inside the tunnel, which has been known to kill engines due to excessive exhaust.



Date: 09/05/19 09:32
Re: Yesterday at Tunnel 41 on Donner Pass
Author: jmbreitigan

Interesting to see the ehaust smoke as the lead locomotive emerged from the tunnel. Nice pictures & video. 



Date: 09/05/19 19:21
Re: Yesterday at Tunnel 41 on Donner Pass
Author: ble692

coach Wrote:
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> Nice reefer block on the tail---Oakland bound??

Fresno and Delano more likely, although some could be heading to Oakland.

> It's really surprising how slow the train crested
> the grade, considering the entire train is still
> climbing upgrade inside the tunnel.  You'd think
> they run a little faster to help cut down on time
> inside the tunnel, which has been known to kill
> engines due to excessive exhaust.

I'm sure the crew would love to be going faster, but a lot of time that just isn't possible considering the tonnage of the train. They like to load them up as much as they can.

Fun fact: When you get down slow enough in the tunnel, the locomotives exhaust actually passes the train up in the tunnel. Can't remember how slow you have you have to get down to for it to happen. Been too many years. Maybe 10 mph?

And the train itself was the MOGRV 02.



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