Rotary snowplow action on Donner Pass

SPMW 207 heads west home to Roseville
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S.R. Bush
SPMW 207 leaves Soda Springs (milepost 190) after a brief photo stop. The B unit powers the rotary plow; addition freight units out of view provide power to move the train.
TRUCKEE, Calif. – On Monday, Union Pacific rotary plow SPMW 207 operated over Donner Pass from Truckee home to Roseville, Calif. The plow made the trip without a mate, which had been SPMW 222 until its failure on The Hill over the weekend. On Donner Pass, rotary plows normally run in pairs, back to back, with road power in the middle. The snow crews had the mountain to themselves to do their work as all freights were held and Amtrak's California Zephyr were turned away – No. 5 was terminated at Reno and No. 6 never left Emeryville. Once the rotary had cleared Gold Run, milepost 152, around 3 p.m., The Hill was open for business!

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