UP 7941 on Sand Pass

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Saturday June 22, 2013

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This week Donner was closed all week and Overland Route frieght trains went mostly via the Feather River Canyon. I stayed with Ken Compton for a rew days when we went to Sand Pass. This was our first day on Sand Pass, Nevada. We took Ken's Xterra to Sand Pass.

West of Sand Pass

Nevada Desert

8:40 a.m.

UP 6705 DPU

Sand Pass

389 Crossing

9:30 a.m.

UP 7698 GE ES44AC

Crew Change in Nevada near Sand Pass
On June 22, 2013 9:30 a.m. in Nevada, near Sand Pass east of Flanigan, at the 389 Crossing is a Union Pacific westbound manifest, with 7698 and DPU 8190, this is near the Dry Valley Rec Area. Ken and I talked to a UP maintenance guy there who told us of the crew patch. This train was patched at this location.

Sand Pass Siding

Lots of old coral here

10:05 a.m.
UP 7941 GE ES44AC "C45ACCTE"
An eastbound Union Pacific Stack Train with 7941, 7920, 4965, 4261 is at Sand Pass siding, near Nevada's Smoke Creek Desert, 10:05 a.m. June 22, 2013. David Epling said, "looks like the KOAMN but could also be ZLTG3." Jt Amtrakdavis added, "Steve judging by the time and containers, this should be a ZLTG2D"
10:40 a.m.

UP 7360 GE ES44AC

UP Sand Pass stack train
At 10:40 a.m. on June 22, 2013 at Sand Pass Siding, Nevada a Union Pacific westbound stack train goes by with 7360, 7603, 8592, 4446, 4990, 5285. Mike Haire said, "Looks like the ZG2LT."

West Sano

Lunch at West Sano

11:40 a.m.


UP Sand Pass eastbound stack
At West Sano, Nevada in Sand Pass on June 22, 2013 at 11:40 a.m. a Union Pacific eastbound Stack Train has 8047, 7749.
1:00 p.m.

UP EB Manifest 5807, 4737, 3793 - Bad Light.

MP 399, between Sano and Sand Pass

4:06 p.m.

UP 6390 GE AC4400CW

Patched SP power on Sand Pass
4:06 p.m. on June 22, 2013 Union Pacific 6390 in Southern Pacific paint leads an eastbound UP empty coal train in a consist with two former SP units. The train is at about milepost 399 on the UP's Sand Pass line. Power is UP 6390(SP), 6789, 6932, 6236(SP).
5:00 p.m.

BNSF 4760 GE Dash 9-44CW

BNSF Manifest in Sand Pass
On June 22, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. a westbound BNSF Manifest had 4760, 6898 and Union Pacific 4670. Kevin Dorn said, "looking at the head end cars it's a PROSTO." The train is at about milepost 400 on UP's line through Sand Pass, Nevada. Dalton on Trainorders said, "I believe the BNSF symbol would be H PVOSTO" Mike Haire said, "According to Roger Burdick and several others that train in that direction is called the QPVST8J in UP's terms. "J" meaning "joint". The opposing I have listed is the QSTPVJ. BN uses 3 letters though for their train ID's so QPVOSTOJ would be BN's ID my guess. Because it's a "Quality" train, that is the reason it uses Donner/Overland Route to and from Provo."
  • Photo of train approaching
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  • Photo of train closer
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  • Photo of BNSF 4760
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Sand Pass Siding

Section Houses
The derelict former Western Pacific section house at Sand Pass siding, near Nevada's Smoke Creek Desert, June 22, 2013.
Nikon D600 Digital Image Number: 2013062405ph.156
7:00 p.m.

UP 6834 GE AC4400CW

Dusk stack train in Sand Pass
At 7:00 p.m. on June 22, 2013 an eastbound Union Pacific stack train with 6834 & 8342 approaches Sand Pass siding in Nevada.

After The Trains

Sunset at Pyramid Lake
Sunset at Pyramid Lake on June 22, 2013. The Southern Pacific Modoc Line used to run through here, this was shot from where the tracks used to be. Ken Compton and I drove past Pyramid Lake on way to his home. We had dinner at Black Bear in Sparks, NV. Long drive!
  • Photo of Pyramid Lake
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