Time for a nap

On Donner Pass, the afternoon is a perfect time for taking a nap. Very few freight trains seem to be using this route, part of Union Pacific’s transcontinental Overland Route: we saw only one eastbound grain train. Fortunately, the California Zephyr heading to San Francisco was running on time. Right behind the locomotives, a dome car is part of the train. Unfortunately, I have no … Continue reading Time for a nap

The excitement of lights in the distance

Further waiting for trains on different spots only resulted in a higher number on the odometer. That’s one of this hobby’s greatest frustrations. When the sun was setting, we took a pause from driving and decided to try our luck at Battle Mountain. We were fortunate to get this freight in some beautiful light, followed by the eastbound California Zephyr. And that’s the opposite feeling … Continue reading The excitement of lights in the distance

More snakes?

The Overland Route connects Chicago to Oakland, following the grade of the first transcontinenal railroad. It traverses Utah from Ogden over the Great Salt Lake to Tecoma, NV. Still wary for snakes, we didn’t have a choice than to walk between the bushes and rocks to get the next shots we wanted. No reptiles this time, but we encountered this westbound train. Continue reading More snakes?

Water everywhere

The flatness of the Great Salt Lake was as spectacular as the roughness of the landscape we visited only hours before. Between Lakeside and Little Mountain, the railroad runs through the Great Salt Lake. We needed patience to see a train here: we didn’t get a train coming from Salt Lake City, so the picture shows 2 engines that help push a container train over … Continue reading Water everywhere