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Date: 01/14/20 20:42
New storm on the way to Donner Pass
Author: WoodrowStool

12"-24" forecast for the Donner Pass the next 36 hours.  Two power units and a flanger just left Truckee for a trip up the hill at 8:30p local time Tuesday night.

Boiling Man - charge up the photo gear, you're on. :-)



Date: 01/14/20 20:45
Re: New storm on the way to Donner Pass
Author: Doodle

I'll be snowshoeing around Troy Saturday, hopefully it'll be busy!

Went up to Summit today, only saw 1 westbound freight, a flanger and Amtrak.

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Date: 01/15/20 07:18
Re: New storm on the way to Donner Pass
Author: FiveChime

Train traffic on Donner is way down. From my visit in late December. Dead before and after #6 for hours and only two trains from dusk to dawn.

Regards, Jim Evans, across from Boiling Man at Alta



Date: 01/15/20 08:53
Re: New storm on the way to Donner Pass
Author: PHall

FiveChime Wrote:
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> Train traffic on Donner is way down. From my visit
> in late December. Dead before and after #6 for
> hours and only two trains from dusk to dawn.
>
> Regards, Jim Evans, across from Boiling Man at
> Alta

So is it running via FRC or is traffic that far down on the UP?



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Date: 01/15/20 09:56
Re: New storm on the way to Donner Pass
Author: sagehen

FiveChime Wrote:
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> Train traffic on Donner is way down. From my visit
> in late December. Dead before and after #6 for
> hours and only two trains from dusk to dawn.
>
> Regards, Jim Evans, across from Boiling Man at
> Alta

Remember when Caltrans wanted to extend Capitol Corridor trains to Reno, but the UP didn't want passenger trains interfering with all their freight traffic?

Stan Praisewater



Date: 01/15/20 15:50
Re: New storm on the way to Donner Pass
Author: trainjunkie

Drove over Donner to Reno yesterday. It was plenty cold (23°F) and already snowing a bit before noon. Didn't see a single train going either direction. Drove to Quincy last night where I overnighted, then came down the canyon this morning. No trains except one BNSF PASFRS coming out of Keddie. There is supposedly a big storm coming tonight or tomorrow that will dump quite a bit into even the lower elevations. The Quincy locals are bracing for 10 to 12 inches and they are only at 3,300 feet. We'll see. 




Date: 01/15/20 16:10
Re: New storm on the way to Donner Pass
Author: BoilingMan

Traffic seems kind of uneven- some days are fairly busy- other days belong to the Zephyr.  I've only been up here about a week and so far haven't detected a pattern yet.
SR

I won't be out covering this one-  we're over in South Lake Tahoe picking up 2 unused nights on a time-share overlooking Nevada-  nice view!  Snow will only make it better...



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