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Date: 10/15/20 15:05
Meet at the Really Big Hole (Donner)
Author: BoilingMan

Photo 1.  A pair of UP Snow Service GP38's waiting at Tunnel 41.  (a bit odd to see these GP's wandering around- they're normally snow service only)
Photo 2.  Out comes the West Bound.
Photo 3.  Returning the Little Beastie.

Photo 4.  There are still pockets of heavy smoke in California  (luckily quite localized)
Photo 5.  With the WB by, the GP's get a Clear(ish) signal and dive in.
SR








Date: 10/15/20 15:06
Re: Meet at the Really Big Hole (Donner)
Author: BoilingMan

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Date: 10/15/20 15:13
Re: Meet at the Really Big Hole (Donner)
Author: Copy19

And BoilingMan scores!

JB - Omaha



Date: 10/15/20 15:31
Re: Meet at the Really Big Hole (Donner)
Author: traindave

my guess is spreader power for the coming winter 



Date: 10/15/20 15:37
Re: Meet at the Really Big Hole (Donner)
Author: BoilingMan

traindave Wrote:
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> my guess is spreader power for the coming winter 

True, they’re assigned to Truckee for the winter. It just seems odd to see them out right now on an 80deg day with no moisture in sight.
SR

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Date: 10/15/20 15:45
Re: Meet at the Really Big Hole (Donner)
Author: ShoreLineRoute

Neat “two-aspect” single head signal!  Are these common elsewhere on US freight roads?
Oliver Barrett



Date: 10/15/20 15:55
Re: Meet at the Really Big Hole (Donner)
Author: BoilingMan

ShoreLineRoute Wrote:
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> Neat “two-aspect” single head signal!  Are
> these common elsewhere on US freight roads?
> Oliver Barrett

No, no- this was just pure chance that I caught the signal changing. The crew is already beyond the signal is not seeing what we’re seeing.
SR



Date: 10/15/20 18:09
Re: Meet at the Really Big Hole (Donner)
Author: Betsy

Really like the overhead shot!  Fall was alway my favorite season when I lived on the Hill, sunny days with deep blue skies, cool nights.  But 82 degrees seems a bit unusually warm for that elevation in mid-October.

Elizabeth



Date: 10/15/20 18:22
Re: Meet at the Really Big Hole (Donner)
Author: BoilingMan

Thanks, Liz. I was late launching the drone- it was having trouble staying in contact with the controller and won’t fly unless it’s satisfied the signal is solid. So it was kind of a rushed shot- I barely got the head end in the frame! But I really wanted to record those GP’s in the hole, a very unique situation.

I think the issue was all the power lines at 41. The place has a rat’s nest of wire going in every direction! I can’t even guess at the inherit interface.
SR



Date: 10/15/20 19:44
Re: Meet at the Really Big Hole (Donner)
Author: JamesSchlinger

The gps were in the yard at Truckee coupled to a gon when I passed by today. Way too early for snow service. Looks like work train duty to me.

Posted from Android



Date: 10/15/20 20:38
Re: Meet at the Really Big Hole (Donner)
Author: grandroad

Boiling Man, great series if photos. Thanks for sharing.

Paul Brennecke
Golden, CO



Date: 10/16/20 10:47
Re: Meet at the Really Big Hole (Donner)
Author: bobk

Great shots!



Date: 10/17/20 04:23
Re: Meet at the Really Big Hole (Donner)
Author: jmbreitigan

Very nice pictures. I liked the photo of your drone.
John



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