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Date: 03/29/24 08:32
Here we come a-flangering, Among the leaves so green
Author: broken_link

I took a break from the skis and boards to get trackside on Donner Summit on Sunday, March 24, 2024. We had received over a foot of snow Friday night and another half foot Saturday night. I snowshoed to West Norden to see what was running, and I wasn't disappointed. Despite some compaction of Friday night's snow, I still found adding the extension tails to the snowshoes advantageous. (It's a nice feature of the MSR snowshoes.) The 6" refresh Saturday night which continued with lingering snow showers into Sunday was enough to make the trees and surrounding terrain look nice and wintery.

Photos 1 through 3: I had just missed the eastbound Z train when I arrived at my parking spot, but I had enough time to get to West Norden and catch the flanger heading east back to Truckee on Main 1. ( It's always nice to have the Norden sheds come into view with a signal indication for train movement through the control point, as it's only a matter of time.) I don't dabble with modeling, but the snow service Geeps such as UP 566 and UP 572 seen here would be fun custom models for sure. Notice how many subtle differences there are just between these two similarly configured locomotives.

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Date: 03/29/24 08:33
Here we come a-flangering, Among the leaves so green
Author: broken_link

Photo 4: A shot of the business end of things. UP 566 has a diverging advance approach (red over flashing yellow) through the control point at West Norden.

Cheers,
Sean




Date: 03/29/24 09:05
Re: Here we come a-flangering, Among the leaves so green
Author: 55002

Great set of photos. Well done on your efforts to get these. chris uk.



Date: 03/29/24 10:19
Re: Here we come a-flangering, Among the leaves so green
Author: texchief1

Very nice for sure!

texchief1
 



Date: 03/29/24 10:52
Re: Here we come a-flangering, Among the leaves so green
Author: portlander

Wait, I'm told the UP shuts down the mountain in the event of a snowflake making groundfall :)


Excellent work, thank you for the pictures.



Date: 03/29/24 13:15
Re: Here we come a-flangering, Among the leaves so green
Author: mojaveflyer

Great shots and I appreciate your efforts to get oout there to shoot them! Thanks for sharing!

James Nelson
Thornton, CO
www.flickr.com/mojaveflyer



Date: 03/29/24 13:52
Re: Here we come a-flangering, Among the leaves so green
Author: MP190

Very nice shots!



Date: 03/29/24 18:36
Re: Here we come a-flangering, Among the leaves so green
Author: SCKP187

Wonderful Winter scenes.
Brian Stevens



Date: 03/29/24 19:54
Re: Here we come a-flangering, Among the leaves so green
Author: BoilingMan

These GP's are slowly earning my admiration as honorary SD9's..
SR



Date: 03/30/24 02:51
Re: Here we come a-flangering, Among the leaves so green
Author: RailRat

Like your pictures, And really appreciate your efforts and reports!
Here's an edited screenshot image I caught from the Truckee Webcam on 3/8/24.

Jim Baker
Riverside, CA



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 03/31/24 07:46 by RailRat.




Date: 03/31/24 05:54
Re: Here we come a-flangering, Among the leaves so green
Author: bobk

Nice shots!



Date: 03/31/24 06:46
Re: Here we come a-flangering, Among the leaves so green
Author: dougd

Does someone have a before and after  of the rails  of the flanger passing by?  Nice shots by the way



Date: 03/31/24 09:26
Re: Here we come a-flangering, Among the leaves so green
Author: bmarti7

Beautiful - congrats on the IOTD!

PCBill



Date: 03/31/24 14:59
Re: Here we come a-flangering, Among the leaves so green
Author: ns1000

Nice pics!!



Date: 03/31/24 18:50
Re: Here we come a-flangering, Among the leaves so green
Author: atsf121

Excellent shots. I’m jealous that you were able to combine snowshoeing and railfanning in one adventure!

Nathan

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Date: 03/31/24 21:16
Re: Here we come a-flangering, Among the leaves so green
Author: weather

Great effort and siuperb photos!



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